FIRE UP YOUR BUSINESS

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.