Recruit an Apprentice


Fire up your business with an apprentice

Employing an apprentice is easier than you think and there’s financial help and support available from the government.  In the Governments summer spending statement, they have pledged that “From August to January 2021, any firm that hire a young apprentice aged 16 to 18  will receive £3,000 those who hire 19 – 24 £2,000.00 – while those that hire apprentices aged 25 and over will be paid £1,500.”

For more information about recruiting an apprentice;

Register your interest about employing an apprentice at or 01752 202264

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. Apprentices can be new or Existing staff!

Recruitment services are FREE! 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:

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.

By using the free recruitment service you are opting in to using our training services. Charges will apply in all other cases.

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Register your interest about employing an apprentice at: or 01752 202264.

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Delivery is mainly workbased, the course tutor will visit the learner every 4 – 6 weeks to observe, plan and assess. The programme is achieved by a mix of teaching and learning including, assignments, practical work assessments, theory based assessments, work based practical learning, professional discussion, question and answer sessions. The learner will receive a login onto an on-line portfolio account.

Workshop sessions in the centre are available for all progreammes,

Employer Incentives Pre Covid and post January 2021

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.

The National Minimum wage for an apprentice is: £4.15 per hour.

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

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.

Apprenticeship Training Available

Levy & Non-Levy

Employers who do not pay the levy or who want to invest more in Apprenticeship training that is available in their digital account, need to make a financial contribution – a ‘co-investment’ – towards the cost of training and assessment of apprentices, with government funding the remainder.

Government funding covers 95% of the maximum funding band rate for all new Apprenticeship starts. Employers will pay the remaining 5% co-investment payment direct to their training provider.

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!

Young people who are applying for apprenticeships often apply for a variety of, opportunities, jobs, Training Programmes, University or the Military service. This means they may receive more than one offer. On starting this process I strongly recommend that you do not delay short-listing and interviewing candidates, to avoid disappointment.

For many Young people this will be the first experience of applying to work in the adult world, they will come with their own expectations as well as some apprehension, it is our job as employers to help transition in to employment, supporting ambition and progressing them onto higher level training where possible. If you have any concerns about a young apprentice throughout their training please contact us and we will support both you and the apprentice.

No Extension to Levy Funds

Earlier this month, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Gillian Keegan, confirmed that there are no plans to extend the expiry period for employers’ levy funds.

Levy-paying employers (employers with a wage bill in excess of £3million) have a maximum of 24 months to spend any funds that enter their digital account. There has been some discussion about extending the expiry period due to COVID-19 out of concern that employers would lose these funds, however, employers are being encouraged to use these funds by taking advantage of the Government’s Apprenticeship incentive. 

Ms Keegan said: “From the point at which funds enter an employer’s account, they already have 24 months in which to spend the funds, and these funds only begin to expire on a rolling, month-by-month basis 24 months after they enter an employer’s account.

“Levy-paying employers can transfer up to 25% of their annual funds to help support Apprenticeship starts in their supply chain or to meet local skills needs. We remain committed to improving the operation of the Apprenticeship levy, and while we recognise the current challenges facing employers, we currently consider that this period is sufficient to give employers time to develop their Apprenticeship programmes and encourage them to create new Apprenticeship opportunities.”

If you have unspent levy funds and wish to support a company in your supply chain, please get in touch by e-mailing  and we can guide you through the process.

ATL Employer Handbook Guidance for Supporting Learners in the Workplace

Apprenticeship Funding: Rules and Guidance for Employers

For more information about recruiting an apprentice;

Register your interest about employing an apprentice at or 01752 202264