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How apprenticeships work


How to recruit an Apprentice

If you are interested in hiring an Apprentice or training existing staff via the Apprenticeship Programme, please contact us to request a call/visit from one of our apprenticeships team by emailing or calling 01273 667 770. One of our advisers will then work with you to help your business find the right apprentice, highlight training needs, access funding and arrange the training programme.

Key aspects of an Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship is 'work based learning'; on-the-job training, leading to nationally recognised qualifications developed by industry. Training takes place in the workplace and apprentices also spend some time at a local learning provider such as City College. Apprentices usually attend College on a day-release basis to receive additional training, or are given assignments and visited by college staff for practical observations.

Apprentices are taken on directly by employers and work alongside other employees.

Apprenticeship training can take between one and four years to complete, but the length of an apprenticeship depends on its level, the industry in question and the skills the apprentice already has.

These are real jobs like any other non-apprenticeship job so they have to apply to an employer and compete against other applicants. Entry requirements vary depending on the level of the apprenticeship and the nature of the job.

Your responsibilities

Employers have a vital role in the support of the learner. As an employer of a learner on an apprenticeship you will be expected to provide a period of induction within the first week. You will also need to:

Costs to employers

Like all employees, apprentices must receive a wage relevant to the job that they are doing. There is also the cost of the supervision, support and mentoring that you will need to put in place to support them.

The cost of training for 16-18 year old apprentices is fully funded by the government, however, if the apprentice is 19 or over an employer contribution is expected, please contact us for further details.

If an apprentice is aged 24 or older, and wishing to study a level 3 qualification as part of an advanced level apprenticeship (ALA), fees will be payable.

The employer must also supply PPE (personal protection equipment) where relevant, and ensure that the learner is covered by their employer liability insurance.

Financial assistance 

Employers may be eligible for an apprenticeship grant, funded by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS). For more information, please email or call 01273 667 770.