Employ an Apprentice

Why should Employers get involved?

Employ an Apprentice today! Apprenticeships can help businesses across all sectors by offering a route to harness fresh new employees. Apprenticeships ensure that your workforce has the practical skills and qualifications your organisation needs now and in the future. The mixture of on and off the job learning ensures they learn the skills that work best for your business. Apprenticeships deliver for businesses and help them grow by: Reducing training and recruitment costs, increasing productivity and your bottom line, developing a skilled motivated and qualified workforce, improving customer service results, providing financial return on investment.

Apprenticeships are available in:

  • Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Health & Social Care
  • Support Teaching & Learning
  • Child Care & Education
  • Playwork
  • Animal Care
  • Hairdressing
  • Nail Services
  • Beauty Therapy
  • Information Technology
  • IT Practitioner
  • Team Leading and Management

Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification – from GCSEs or equivalent up to degree level.

Apprentices can be new or existing employees.

You must pay the apprentice at least the minimum wage during their placement with you.

Your apprentice must:

  • Work with experienced staff
  • Learn job-specific skills
  • Study for a work-based qualification during their working week, eg at a college or training organisation

Employ an Apprentice:

You can register your interest about employing an apprentice with the recruitment team at apprenticeships@achievementtraining.com or 01752 202269.

A Job description will be created for the post and once agreed it will be published on the National Apprenticeship web site for candidates to view and apply: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch

Applications will be dealt with by the team and forwarded to you for short-listing. Full support and guidance will be available throughout the process. Once an apprentice has been selected we will support you throughout the duration of the programme usually 12 months to 18 months depending on the level of qualification.

The delivery of the qualification will mainly be done at the work place, the assessor will visit the work place once a month. The learner will receive a login onto an on-line portfolio account. Friday sessions in the centre are available, please discuss this when you meet the course tutor at enrolment. Don’t delay – Employ an Apprentice today!

Employer Incentives

The government will fund all of the apprenticeship training costs, for employers employing fewer than 50 people, if on the first day of the apprenticeship, the apprentice is:

  • aged between 16 and 18 years old
  • aged between 19 and 24 years old and either has an EHC plan provided by their local authority or has been in the care of their local authority

The employer will receive a payment of £1,000 towards the additional cost associated with training if, at the start of the apprenticeship, the apprentice is either:

  • Aged between 16 and 18 years old (or 15 years of age if the apprentice’s 16th birthday is between the last Friday of June and 31 August)
  • Aged between 19 and 24 years old and has either an EHC plan (Educational Healthcare Plan) provided by their local authority or has been in the care of their local authority.

These payments will be paid as follows: 50% will be paid 90 days after the apprentice starts, the remaining 50% will be paid 365 days after the apprentice starts.

National Insurance Contributions are not required by employers with apprentices under the age of 25 earning less than £827 a week.

Contract of services – Employer agreement

  • Employ and pay the Apprentice in accordance with agreed employment terms and conditions and taking into account relevant legislation.
  • Provide the Apprentice with an Apprenticeship contract and contract of employment within 13 weeks of their start date.
  • Confirm that the Apprentice is employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week.
  • Confirm that the intention at the start of the Apprenticeship is that there is available time for the apprentice to have time off to study within the working day, in order to complete the apprenticeship.*
  • To provide appropriate supervision to support, encourage and monitor the Apprentice in the workplace including provision of a nominated mentor and deputy to ensure continuity of supervision.
  • Confirm that the Apprentice’s job: “allows the Apprentice to gain the wider employment experience required by the apprenticeship standard and that they are able to complete all elements of the apprenticeship within their contracted working hours”.

Please note* All apprentices are required to have 20% off the job training over the course of the Apprenticeship – Please see the 20 percent training guidance.

Additional Information

Apprenticeships are known to boost productivity by helping businesses to expand the skills in the organisation, and research shows that the average person completing an apprenticeship increases productivity by as much as £214 a week through increased profits, lower prices and better products.

According to the British Chambers of Commerce, businesses usually employ an apprentice to improve the skills available within their organisation. 96% of employers that take on an apprentice report benefits to their business and 72% report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice. Don’t delay – Employ an Apprentice today!

ATL Employer Handbook Guidance for Supporting Learners in the Workplace

Apprenticeship Funding: Rules and Guidance for Employers

For more information about recruiting an apprentice, visit: Devon and Cornwall Training Provider Network Website or https://www.gov.uk/take-on-an-apprentice

Register your interest about employing an apprentice at apprenticeships@achievementtraining.com or 01752 202269