Apprenticeships // I'm an employer

How does an apprenticeship work?

An apprentice will need to work towards a defined and structured qualification that covers that job role that you are looking to cover.

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels that they will study towards whilst working for you.

If you feel an apprentice is the right fit for your business then the first step is to contact a Training Provider from a college or an approved Training Provider. Often the Training Provider will help advertise your apprenticeship vacancy, manage and sift initial applications and draw up a shortlist of candidates for interview. The Training Provider will also be able to draw down Government funding towards training costs, advise on employer incentive grants and provide guidance and support throughout the Apprenticeship’s duration.

If you have already found someone who you would like to employ as an apprentice, then inform your Training Provider who can sort the enrolment and training funding out for you.

The National Minimum Wage is applicable to apprentices aged 16-18 and those aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship (£3.70 per hour, April 2018 rate).

For a full breakdown of the latest Apprenticeship Minimum Wage criteria visit the Government website https://www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide/pay-and-conditions

To find a Training Provider please visit Find a training provider page

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