APPRENTICESHIP FAQS FOR EMPLOYERS
Apprentices must work towards an approved apprenticeship standard or framework and spend 20% of their time training ‘off the job’. Their training must last at least 1 year and they must be paid at least the apprenticeship minimum wage. Candidates must be 16 or older and not in full-time education in order to apply for an apprenticeship.
Hiring apprentices provide an effective way for any business to develop a skilled workforce as they equip individuals with the necessary skills, knowledge and behaviours they’ll need for specific job roles and industries. By boosting the skills of the workforce they also help to improve economic productivity.
Potential benefits to your business:
- increasing team productivity and motivation
- improving the quality of your product or service
- increasing employee satisfaction, thereby reducing staff turnover and recruitment costs
- fulfilling skills gaps in your organisation by adapting the training your apprentice receives
- enhancing diversity in your workforce
(Source: National Apprenticeship Service)
There are currently over 1,000 different apprenticeships. Take a look at our Business Profiles page to see some of the leading apprenticeship employers in our region and the types of apprenticeships they offer.
New apprenticeships are being developed and released all the time through the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. Visit the Institute’s website to find out more.
The first step is to find a training provider that supports the standard you want to offer. Greater Cambridge Apprenticeships can connect you to a range of trusted providers – contact us to get started.
Your training provider can help with:
- finding the right apprenticeship for you
- preparing your apprentice for your organisation
- making sure your apprentice is working in an appropriate environment
- finding the right pace of learning for your apprentice
- working with you to make sure your apprentice is learning the relevant skills.
All employers will receive £1,000 if at the start of the apprenticeship, the apprentice is aged between:
- 16-18 years old, or
- 19-24 years old and has previously been in care or has an Education, Health and Care plan provided by their local authority
This payment will be made to the employer in two equal instalments via your training provider.
If you pay the apprenticeship levy, you’ll receive funds through the National Apprenticeship Service to spend on training and assessing your apprentices. The government will add 10% to these funds.
If you’re a non-levy payer (e.g. payroll of less than £3m a year), you will pay only 5% of the training fee. Your training provider can support you with this.
- Connect you with the right training provider to suit your business and proposed apprenticeship.
- Add your organisation to our Business Profiles page, which highlights key apprenticeship employers in our region.
- Connect you with our network of schools, parents and potential candidates to find the best apprentice for your vacancy.
Contact us for more information and to get started.