Employing an apprentice is a flexible and low-cost way of recruiting. If you have never employed an apprentice before then you may have some questions. We have set out some frequently asked questions below, but if you have any other queries about how apprenticeships work or what they would mean for your business, then please do not hesitate to contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
How does the Apprenticeship work?
An Apprenticeship is based around both on-the-job and off-the-job training. The apprentice works towards a recognised qualification, whilst earning a wage working for your business. There are a number of elements to each Apprenticeship and this is called the Framework. This means they will get a range of qualifications as they progress through their training and education. Each apprenticeship framework has three main strands: a competence based element, a technical element, and a skills element.
The three strands are sometimes accompanied by additional qualifications to give the most relevant skills and knowledge required for the job that they are employed in. Depending on the type of industry, the majority of the training will be based in the workplace. On-the-job training will be provided by you, the employer. Green Labyrinth would be responsible for the apprentice's off-the-job training, and will provide a dedicated assessor for the apprentice throughout their qualification. The assessor will provide regular progress reviews and will organise and prepare the apprentice for any assessments which form part of their qualification.
The Apprenticeship can also be accompanied by Functional Skills qualifications in English, Maths, and ICT. These aim to get the learner to Level 2 (GCSE grade C equivalent) by the end of their Apprenticeship, if they have not already achieved this previously.
What are my responsibilities as an employer?
As an employer, you would be responsible for the on-the-job training and for providing a suitable induction at the start of the employment. You must also comply with the statutory employment rights for apprentices, providing them with at least 20 days holiday per year, plus bank holidays, as well as normal maternity leave and wages in line with the Apprentice National Minimum Wage.
Download the Apprenticeship agreement: Template
How much will it cost my business?
Like all employees, apprentices will earn a wage.
"What is the National Minimum Wage for an apprentice?"
|Age||From 1 October 2016 Rate per hour|
|21 and over||£6.95|
|18 to 20||£5.55|
|16 to 17||£4.00|
This is the minimum! However many employers do pay their apprentices more than this. The off-the-job training that is delivered by Green Labyrinth will be funded in full, or in part, by the government.
Fully funded courses are available for those aged 16-18. For apprentices aged 19 and above, an employer contribution may be required.
The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16- to 24- year-olds (AGE 16 to 24)
Grants are offered to those employers who are eligible to receive it. You can receive up to 5 grants in total; each one is worth £1,500!
Which employers are eligible?
To be eligible you must ensure and sign to confirm that you:
- Are not able to recruit an apprentice without the Grant
- Have fewer than 50 employees in the United Kingdom, as recorded by the Employer Data Service (EDS).
- Have not had an employee start an apprenticeship in the 12-month period before the start date of the first apprentice for whom you apply for the Grant.* If you are eligible, you can claim up to 5 Grants during the time the Grant is available.
- Understand that you do not have to wait 12 months between the first and any subsequent applications. Only one Grant will be paid per employer for any particular individual
- Commit to employ your apprentice(s) for a minimum of 12 months on the apprenticeship programme or the time it takes them to complete their apprenticeship, whichever is the greater
- Confirm you are aware of and do not breach any State Aid rules by receiving the Grant and •agree to pay the apprentice in line with legal minimum requirements or more.
For more information please download the Employer Fact Sheet April 2016 (version 21)
I have an employee interested in an Apprenticeship.
Can I still take them on as an apprentice?
Yes! We believe in empowering your workforce!
Apprenticeships are all about gaining skills in the workplace, upskilling your existing staff can enhance their responsibilities and contribution to your organisation's growth.
If you can conform their job role and the "on the job training" for the full duration of their Apprenticeship don't hesitate to Contact us!
Is there an age limit for an Apprenticeship?
No! An Apprenticeship can be taken by a person of any age, however funding provisions and employer contributions do differ.
More information and helpful links!
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