Taking on an apprentice can be great for your business. Apprentices can bring new energy into your business and help to increase your productivity.
What does an apprentice do?
- A real job, with a salary, hands-on experience and training
- You treat them like other employees, giving them a contract, a salary and holiday allowance
- They spend 80% of their time at work, with the remaining time spent doing off-the-job training
- You can employ them from age 16 up to any age, with varying training requirements depending on their age
- There is a wide selection of apprenticeships available, covering a variety of job roles
- An apprenticeship typically lasts 12-24 months
- They work to an agreed standard which has been developed with employers
What are the benefits of hiring an apprentice?
- The Department for Education is:
- Providing a new payment of £2,000 to employers in England for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25; and in recognition of the value apprentices of any age can bring to our economic recovery, they are also introducing a new incentive payment of £1,500 for each new apprentice an employer hires aged 25 and over.
- This scheme will be time limited and apply for each new eligible apprentice hired between 1st August 2020 and 31st January 2021.
- These payments are in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the Government already provides for new 16-18-year-old apprentices (and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan).
- Apprentices are for anyone over the age of 16 – whether that’s a school leaver, a current employee or someone looking to retrain – so it’s a good way to diversify your workforce
- You can adapt the training your apprentice receives according to the needs of your organisation
- If you’re an SME, then the government will pay for up to 95% of apprentice’s training costs, and in some cases, additional grants are available
- If you’re a levy payer, then get the most out of your contribution by hiring an apprentice
90% of apprentices stay on in their place of work after completing an apprenticeship
86% of employers said apprenticeships developed skills relevant to their organisation
78% reported improved productivity
Hear from real employers:
“Apprentices have had an amazing impact on our business and have really brought a fresh perspective to what we do” Laura, Apprenticeships and Skills Manager, Channel 4
“What the apprenticeship scheme has allowed us to do is to bring in new talent. Our workforce is the future and 98% of our apprentices go on to employment.” Annie, Career Development Coordinator, NHS.
How to get started:
Taking on an apprentice is easier than you think. Visit www.apprenticeships.gov.uk (external site) for more information.