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Employers FAQ’s

Here are some of the frequently asked questions by employers regarding Apprenticeships.

Employers Apprenticeships FAQ’s – If you have a question that hasn’t been answered below please contact our dedicated business team on:
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How old does an apprentice have to be?
Apprentices can be aged 16-64 and must have left full time education

What is an Apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a real job with training. Apprentices will earn a wage whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. An apprentice can be a member of your current staff who would like to gain a qualification.

Who pays for my apprentices work uniform/equipment?
The employer would usually pay work uniforms/equipment if your apprentice is required to wear or use something specific in their day to day job role.

Is there a certain time of year I can start an Apprentice?
No – Apprentices can start at any time of the year

How much will I have to pay for an apprentice?
Due to changes to how the government funds apprenticeships means the cost of an apprenticeship will depend on the age of your apprentice, the size of your company and the qualification: Different apprenticeship qualifications have different funding values and we will discuss this with you at enquiry.

Is there any funding to support with the cost of employing an apprentice?
There is a government grant of £1000.00 if you employ an apprentice aged 16-18 (16-24 with a care plan)

How do I find an Apprentice?
We will help you find your apprentice by advertising the position and pre-assessing and interviewing applicants prior to forwarding to you for consideration. We will only send CVs of the suitable applicants to you. We arrange any interviews and work with you to find the right person for the position.

How many hours per week is an apprentice expected to work?
The minimum hours of work per week are 30. The maximum being 40. If working hours are less than 30 we can extend the term of the apprenticeship accordingly.

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How much will I have to pay an Apprentice?
The minimum an Apprentice can be paid in their first year of their Apprenticeship regardless of age is £3.70 per hour. Many employers pay more than this.

How long does an Apprenticeship take to complete?
Dependent upon the apprenticeship subject and level it can take anywhere between 12 and 24 months

How often will my apprentice need to come to college?
It depends on the Apprenticeship – it could be either one day per week, half a day per week or not at all – our apprenticeship team will go through this with you when you request your apprentice.

What will my apprentice study when in college?
Normally they would study for a diploma and if needed they may be required to complete Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT along with Employer Rights and Responsibilities. They will also work towards their NVQ for which our industry-trained assessors gather evidence in the workplace

Do I have to pay my apprentice whilst they are in college?

Will I have to pay my apprentice travel expenses to work/ college?
If your apprentice is 16-18 and a full time Apprentice it is likely that the college will provide a free bus pass to use to travel to work and college. Apprentices can apply for this as soon as they start there apprenticeship.

Do I pay my Apprentice holiday pay?
Yes. The legal minimum requirement is 20 days holiday per year plus 8 bank holidays although some employers may offer more than this.

What happens when my apprentice completes their apprenticeship?
Many apprentices remain with the company they have completed their apprenticeship with and would become a permanent member of staff or there is the option to continue with studies and complete a higher-level apprenticeship within your company.

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For more information on any of our current Apprenticeship jobs, contact us on:
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