Whatever business you are in, there are so many benefits that apprentices can bring to your business. Employing an Apprentice is definitely a smart investment in the future of your company and a range of financial incentives may be available to you when you employ an eligible Apprentice in England.
What is an Apprentice ?
Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification – from GCSEs or equivalent up to degree level.
Apprentices can be new or current employees.
You could get a grant or funding to employ an apprentice if you’re in England.
You must pay the apprentice at least the minimum wage during their placement with you.
Your apprentice must:
- work with experienced staff
- learn job-specific skills
- study for a work-based qualification during their working week, eg at a college or training organisation
Apprentices have the same rights to superannuation, workers’ compensation and other entitlements or requirements as all other workers in England.
Apprenticeships combine time at work with training, and can be either full-time, part-time or school-based.
Benefits of hiring an Apprentice:
- There has never been a better time to employ an apprentice, or start an apprenticeship.
- Some of the country’s top employers are offering work experience, traineeships and apprenticeships to help give young people the best start in their career.
- Up to 28,000 apprenticeship vacancies are available online at any one time.
- There were 1,583,669 on-line applications in 2014 to 2015.
- Apprenticeships are available in 1500 job roles, covering more than 170 industries, from advertising to youth work and from environmental engineering to legal.
- More than 1300 employers are involved in designing the new apprenticeships standards.
- 194 apprenticeship standards have been published so far, of which over 60 are higher and degree apprenticeships.
- Apprenticeship participation now stands at a record level – 871,800 funded apprentices participated on an apprenticeship in the 2014 to 2015 academic year.
- 19% of advanced apprentices progress to higher education.
- Almost 9 out of every 10 apprenticeship employers hoping to achieve business benefits tell us that apprenticeships deliver – including 89% reporting that it has helped their business improve the quality of their product or service.
- There are currently 75 higher and degree apprenticeships available, with more in development, including foundation degrees, HNDs and full honours degrees. These include job roles ranging from legal services to banking and engineering.
- After finishing, the majority of apprentices (90%) will stay in employment (including 2% self-employed), with seven in ten (71%) staying with the same employer.
- A quarter of former apprentices had received a promotion (23%) within 12 months of finishing, and for intermediate and advance apprentices, three quarters reported taking on more responsibility in their job after completing their apprenticeship.
- 89% of apprentices are satisfied with their apprenticeship
- 85% of apprentices said their ability to do the job had improved, and 83% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved.
- Traineeships have been developed by employers making them a great stepping stone to an apprenticeship or other job.
- Traineeships are continuing to grow with 5,000 starts in the first quarter of the 2014 to 2015 academic year.
- 84% of providers and 94% of employers consider traineeships an effective way of increasing young people’s chances of finding paid jobs and apprenticeships.
Hiring your apprentice:
There are several steps to taking on an apprentice.
- Check the apprenticeships framework for an apprenticeship in your industry and at a suitable level.
- Register your interest in employing an apprentice with the National Apprenticeship Service.
- Find a training organisation that offers apprenticeships for your industry – they’ll handle your apprentice’s training, qualification and assessment.
- Check you’re eligible for a grant and apply.
- Advertise your apprenticeship – your training organisation will do this for you through apprenticeship vacancies. You can track your vacancies by registering as an employer.
- Select your apprentice and make an apprenticeship agreement with them.
How long it lasts ?
Apprenticeships can last from 1 to 4 years, depending on the level of qualification the apprentice is studying for.
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Data is compiled from the Apprenticeship Government Service