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Employers FAQ’s

What is 20% off the Job Training?

This is not 20% away from the workplace. Off-the-job training can take place at your workplace or off site. It is the activity, rather than the location that determines whether the training meets the funding rules definition, for example, training staff how to operate a new machine, staff undertaking e-learning at their desk and college attendance are just some activities considered off-the-job training. Our expert assessors will work with you to determine and track all off-the-job training.

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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.

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

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

Is there any funding to support with the cost of employing an apprentice?

There is a government grant of £1,000.00 if you employ an apprentice aged 16-18 (16-24 with a care plan)

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.

Do I have to pay my apprentice and if so, how much will I have to pay them?

Yes. The minimum an Apprentice can be paid in their first year of their Apprenticeship regardless of age is £3.90 per hour. Many employers pay more than this.

Do I pay my Apprentice holiday pay?

Yes. The legal minimum requirement is 20 days holiday per year plus eight bank holidays although some employers may offer more than this.

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.

How old does an apprentice have to be?

Apprentices can be aged 16-64 and must have left full time education.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

For more information on any of our current Apprenticeship jobs, contact us on: Call: (01254) 354422 Text: 07515 996425 Email:
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