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Apprenticeship FAQs

Why would I want to take on an apprentice?

Because it is good business. Skills shortages are still one of the biggest threats to UK business. Apprenticeships can help businesses across all industries by offering a route to harness fresh talent. If you have trained staff with the right skills for the job, they can do a wider range of tasks and assume new responsibilities which can in turn help to reduce skill shortages, minimise staff turnover and workplace accidents, as well as increase productivity.

Taking on an apprentice is cost effective because your people can learn while on the job and you will benefit from support in terms of funding for the learning.

What evidence is there that hiring an apprentice is good for my business?

The following are statistics provided by well respected industry surverys:
    81% said that employing apprentices generated higher overall productivity for their company.
    66% said that their Apprenticeship programme made them more competitive in their industry.
    92% said that their Apprenticeship programme better motivated staff and increased job satisfaction.
    74% said that apprentices tended to be more loyal, remaining at their company longer than non-apprentices.

How is taking on an apprentice going to help my business manage through this difficult economic period?

Even in difficult times like these, Apprenticeships are a vital way of improving the skills of your staff and of generating a committed and valuable workforce. When times are tough, competition for contracts is even tougher and this is when a well-trained, skilled extra pair of hands could make a real difference to your chances of success and to increasing your competitive edge.

How long does it take?

The length of an Apprenticeship varies depending on prior skills levels of the apprentice, the qualification being pursued and the industry sector. However, generally, an Apprenticeship takes between one to two years to complete.

Is there an upper age limit for Apprenticeships?

No, there is no upper age limit.

Is there a cost for employers?

Like all employees, apprentices must still receive a wage. The National Minimum Wage for apprentices must be paid. However, as skills develop, many employers tend to increase wages in fact, research has found that apprentices earn an average of 170 net pay per week.

What is the Apprentice National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate?

Since 1 October 2010, the Apprentice National Minimum Wage rate is 2.60 per hour.
From 01 October 2012 the rate is 2.65 per hour.

Who does it apply to?

The NMW applies to all new and existing apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. The NMW does not affect those apprentices aged 19 or over who have already completed a year of their Apprenticeship they will continue to be entitled to be paid at least at the full NMW rate appropriate to their age.

As an employer - do I receive any monetary incentive to take on an apprentice?

Employers maybe able to  receive a direct monetary incentive for taking on an apprentice. In addition all the off-job training is partly, or fully, subsidised directly or indirectly from government funds.
Presently there is Government Apprenticeship grant of 1500 is payable in two instalments, for up to 40,000 eligible employers who commit to employ one or more 16 24 year old Apprentices for the first time.
To be eligible for this grant you must meet the following criteria:
    Commit to employ the Apprentice for at least the time it takes to achieve the Apprenticeship.
    Agree to pay the Apprenticeship national minimum wage for a minimum of 30 hours per week.
    Confirm that you have not taken on an apprentice in the previous three years

 I have an employee keen to do an apprenticeship. Can I still take them on as an apprentice?


What are my responsibilities as an employer?

We require you to go through an employer induction process which can be delivered at your premises. This will assist you in providing your apprentice an induction into their role and also plan the on-the-job training.  A named mentor for each apprentices will be required as well.  As with all employees, you are also responsible for the wages of your apprentice.

Is there a limit to the number of apprentices that an employer can take on?

No they can take on as many as they need and often in more than one framework. The employer will be responsible for giving the apprentice an induction into their role as they provide on-the-job training.

How often do apprentices attend college or training sessions?

This varies from programme to programme. Most of the training can be in the work place and a few sessions could be at a training venue.