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Apprenticeships - On the Job Training

​Put simply, an apprenticeship is a job with training. As the employer you must give your apprentices an induction into their role and provide regular and structured on-the-job training ensuring they have a rounded and complete work experience.

You must be sure there is a real job on offer and that you can deliver support to someone who could be entering the world of work for the first time. You have a chance to create your perfect employee and as with anything, you get out what you put in and patience is normally rewarded.

What You Need To Know

You are responsible for paying your apprentices’ wages. The apprenticeship minimum wage is currently £3.50 per hour. Employment is expected to be for a minimum of 30 hours per week. Your apprentice has the same rights as any member of staff, barring a couple of exceptions, such as maternity rights which do not apply. The job must contain enough elements to make an apprenticeship meaningful and the accompanying qualification achieveable.

An apprenticeship must last for at least 12 months. We can supply a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship after which point your apprentice can apply for a permanent post or be given assistance to find employment elsewhere. 

You can offer a permanent position and pay your apprentice higher than minimum apprenticeship wage at any time. Once the apprenticeship has been completed, you must increase the wage to at least the national minimum wage if you wish to offer a permanent post.

An Apprenticeship Agreement is a condition for completion of an Apprenticeship. Without it an Apprenticeship certificate cannot be issued. We use an apprenticeship agreement and our employers back this up with a contract of employment. We can supply you with a contract for a small fee. We will send you information to explain your responsibilities and commitments under our agreement.

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We can help you apply for grants for each of the first few apprentices that you employ, subject to conditions. Ask for details.

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We will support and guide you by working with you to: 

  • Recruit an apprentice and support your existing staff into Apprenticeships; 
  • Complete all paperwork and funding applications;
  • Agree a training plan with your apprentice;
  • Manage the training and evaluation; and 
  • Ensure that national quality standards are met and deliver integrated, coherent training.

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Our recruitment service brings together employers and young, bright and willing apprentices looking to work in an organisation just like yours. Mostly aged 16-23 and full of fresh ideas, our apprentice candidates are eager to take their first steps onto the career ladder. The basic process is as follows:

  • You complete a template covering your firm, the job description and the remuneration and benefits. We will discuss this with you to help build a full picture of your requirements.
  • We advertise your vacancy, filter the CVs and conduct preliminary interviews. 
  • We then send you the CVs of the candidates that are matched to your job specification. 
  • You select the candidates you would like to interview, give us the dates and times and we will arrange the interviews.
  • Hopefully, you select the successful candidate!

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Please contact us if you would like to discuss recruiting an apprentice.