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Apprentice Scheme For Employers

Employing Staff On The Apprenticeship Scheme

Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying to gain skills and knowledge in a specific job. Apprentices can be new or current employees but you must pay the apprentice at least the minimum wage.

Your apprentice must work with experienced staff, learn job-specific skills and be give time for training or study during their working week (at least 20% of their normal working hours).  Apprenticeships must last for at least a year and the apprentice must work towards an approved apprenticeship that involves recognised and accredited training. However apprenticeships can last up to 5 years depending on the level the apprentice is studying. Ultimately, they must be employed in a real job that gives them the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills they need to pass their assessment.

Employing Staff On The Apprenticeship Scheme

How The Apprentice Scheme Can Help Your Business

Find out how apprenticeships are funded and how your company can employ an apprentice.

Hiring an apprentice

Apprenticeships help bring valuable skills into your business with the government’s support. learn more about hiring an apprentice

Upskilling your workforce

Did you know you can use apprenticeships to upskill and retrain your existing workforce? learn more about upskilling your workforce

Funding an apprenticeship

You can get help from the government to pay for apprenticeship training. The amount you get depends on whether you pay the apprenticeship levy or not.  You pay the levy if you’re an employer with a pay bill over £3 million each year.

Choosing your apprenticeship training

Apprenticeships are being developed and approved all the time, so you can choose the right apprenticeship training for your business. learn more about apprenticeship training

Choosing an apprenticeship training provider

Once you’ve decided on the type of apprenticeship your business needs, you’ll need to choose a training provider to train your apprentice. learn more about apprenticeship training providers

Training your apprentice

During their apprenticeship, your apprentice will receive two different types of training. learn more about training your apprentice

End-point assessments

End-point assessment (EPA) is an assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that your apprentice has learned throughout an apprenticeship. learn more about apprenticeship end point assessments

Financial incentives for employers

Employers who hire a new apprentice can claim financial incentives from the government. learn more about financial incentives for employers

If you’re not sure if apprenticeships are the right option for your business, there are other alternatives available. This includes traineeships, T Levels or the Kickstart Scheme.