What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a real job with training that enables an individual to earn while they learn, and gain nationally recognised qualifications. Hiring an apprentice helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.
How do apprenticeships work?
Through hiring an apprentice a business will gain a competent employee who is rapidly able to offer skills and commitment. Typically an apprentice will attend college one day per week and spend four days per week working and training in the workplace.
The employer provides on-the-job training opportunities, while off-the-job training is arranged by Seevic College. We will produce a training plan for the apprentice and manage regular reviews and assessments.
Who can apply for an apprenticeship?
Anyone can apply for an apprenticeship if they are aged 16 or over, live and are eligible to work in England and not engaged in full-time education.
Apprenticeships typically appeal to individuals who wish to:
- Achieve nationally recognised qualifications through work-based learning
- Further develop their existing career or change career
- Work towards achieving a higher level apprenticeship or relevant Foundation Degree.
How much does it cost to hire an apprentice?
Employing an apprentice can be highly cost effective for businesses. Hiring an apprentice provides the opportunity to train enthusiastic new and existing staff while the government contributes towards the cost of the learning and training.
Your business will be responsible for paying the salary of the apprentice, including the time they spend at College. The national minimum wage as of October 2016 is £3.40 per hour for apprentices aged 16-18. This is also the rate for apprentices aged 19 and over for their first year as an apprentice; after this first year they are required to be paid in accordance with the national minimum wage rate for their age.
We would recommend that, once apprentices complete elements of their apprenticeship, employers proportionally increase the hourly rate of pay - it incentivises qualitication completion and aids with your workforce development.