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Employers

The benefits of an apprenticeship

Apprenticeships


Boost your productivity

Employ an apprentice and take someone under your wing to show them just how exciting your industry is!

  • Improve productivity and competitiveness by making sure people have the right skills for their jobs
  • Develop people as part of expansion or succession planning
  • Motivate people through recognising the skills that they have
  • Be part of a whole industry approach to developing the talent pool
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Consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices

What the employers are asking…

  • Apprentices are usually aged 16 to 23 years old 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.
Apprentices are real employees who contribute to your company’s productivity and output. 96% of employers reported a benefit to their business with 77% agreeing they make their workplace more productive.

You must pay the apprentice at least the minimum wage (currently £2.73 p/h) during their placement with you. Most employers offer more than the minimum wage and often offer travel and lunch expenses.

To ensure they are trained to the highest level for your business you need to make sure they:

  • work with experienced staff
  • learn job-specific high level or technical skills
  • study for the work-based qualification during their working week, e.g. at a college, training organisation or in the workplace.
Hiring an apprentice is actually much simpler than some might think. Here is a step by step guide:

  1. Check the apprenticeships website for an appropriate apprenticeship framework in your industry that’s at the right level for the apprenticeship role you have in mind or call Proskills on 01235 833 844 to see if there is a suitable framework for the apprenticeship role you have in mind.
  2. Register your interest in employing an apprentice with the National Apprenticeship Service.
  3. Find a training organisation that offers apprenticeships for your industry – they’ll handle your apprentice’s training, qualification and assessment.
  4. Check you’re eligible for an Age Grant and apply.
  5. Advertise your apprenticeship vacancy – you can advertise your apprenticeship through the apprenticeship website yourself or your training organisation will do this for you. You can check on the progress of vacancies /applications received by registering as an employer. You can also advertise your apprenticeship vacancy in your local press
  6. Select your apprentice and set up an apprenticeship agreement with them.

Or for the really simple route, just contact Proskills UK Group for specialist apprenticeship guidance and advice.

Proskills works with training organisations all around the UK who deliver apprenticeship frameworks and can advise you on which ones would suit your location and needs best. Call us on 01235 833 844 to speak to an expert advisor.

You may be eligible for a £1,500 pounds Age Grant from the government if:

  • You have less than 50 employees
  • Your apprentice is aged 16 to 24
  • You can claim support for up to 5 apprentices.

Fill in the enquiry form or contact the National Apprenticeship Service to check you’re eligible and apply.

You can apply for funding to cover the costs of your apprentice’s qualifications if you’re providing their formal study whilst being their employer.

  • Usually the training organisation provides the apprentice’s training and will receive this funding from Government. – This system to is due to change in the near future to digital vouchers, make sure to keep up to date at: https://www.gov.uk/take-on-an-apprentice/overview
  • The amount you could get varies depending on whether the candidate is:
    • aged 16 to 18 – you can get all of their course costs up to advanced level apprenticeship qualifications, eg higher diplomas or A-levels
    • aged 19 to 23 – you can get half of their course costs
    • 24 years and older – there is usually no grant funding available. Instead the company can opt to pay the full cost or the employee can take out an Advanced Learner Loan
  • Searching for your apprentice is a similar process to searching for a new employee. Once you’ve posted your position on the National Apprenticeship Service Vacancy website you should also advertise your vacancy on job websites, local newspapers or through recruitment agencies.
  • Your training organisation may also have a vacancy board in their college or on their website.

Proskills does not offer an apprenticeship vacancy placement service, but we can provide you with expert and unbiased help and support on where to start and which training organisation to use for your selected framework. Call us on 01235 833 844 to speak to an advisor.

Apprenticeship Case Studies

Timber Merchanting Apprenticeship Scheme

“The NVQ2 in Timber Merchanting does exactly what it says and was immediately identified as being ideal for Brewer’s…We expect better teamwork, enthusiasm, staff retention and a sense of partnership.” Keith Fryer, Director of T. Brewer & Co Ltd

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Timber Merchanting Apprenticeship Scheme

“The NVQ2 in Timber Merchanting does exactly what it says and was immediately identified as being ideal for Brewer’s…We expect better teamwork, enthusiasm, staff retention and a sense of partnership.” Keith Fryer, Director of T. Brewer & Co Ltd

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Abigail Fraser at Urbana Contracts

“I would recommend an Apprenticeship to anyone looking towards further education because you get a wage while you’re training and a qualification at the end. I wouldn’t be in the position I am in now if I had chosen the academic route.” – Abigail Fraser, Apprentice

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Apprenticeship Training Providers

Below is a map of training providers from around the UK who deliver our apprenticeship frameworks.