We offer Government Funded Apprenticeships across several different sectors within the UK
What are Apprenticeships?
They are work-based training programmes that are designed around the needs of employers, which then lead to nationally recognised qualifications for all trainees. Apprenticeships can be used to train both new and existing employees who are moving into a new role, or have changed their job role and need to learn new skills. These apprenticeships have been designed especially by the Sector Skills Council, which has led to the training being relevant for the industry your business operates in.
Businesses with under 50 employees won’t pay anything if they employ apprentices under the age of 19, and will receive a £1,000 payment with an additional £1,000 payment to the training provider.
What do I need to do before I get an apprentice?
You will need to provide;
- Employers liability insurance (while not required by law, a property and casualty insurance policy is highly recommended for all business owners. Further to this, your landlord may require you to carry property insurance)
- Workplace pension for those over 21 and earning over £10,000 p.a. (£192 per week)
- At least 30 hours employment per week for new apprentices (16 hours per week for existing staff)
- A working environment which meets all legal health and safety requirements
I want an apprentice for my business, how do I get one?
Contact us for free advice and guidance on finding the right apprentice for your organisation. Call 0113 225 1244 to speak to a member of the team today.
Facts about Apprenticeships
- Over 80% of employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive.
- Extra funding is available for small businesses and those wanting to take on a 16-18 year old.
- Apprenticeships can be used to develop existing staff or train new employees.
- If you are a levy payer you can use your levy funds to pay for the assessment of your apprentices
- Apprentices are employees and are entitled to the same rights and legal protection as other workers.
- 81% of consumers favour using a company that takes on apprentices.
- The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is £3.40 per hour. However many employers choose to pay more than the minimum apprenticeship wage in order to attract better quality candidates.
- Employers who take on a 16-18 year old apprentice only pay their salary, the Government fund their training.
- There are more than 250 different types of Apprenticeships available, offering over 1,400 job roles.
- 92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.
- 83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future.
- One in five employers are hiring more apprentices to help them through the tough economic climate.