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If you want to get started in a career, or progress to a higher level, you can't beat an Apprenticeship. The qualifications included inan Apprenticeship ensure that all the skills and knowledge needed for the job are taught, developed and accredited, making for a more capable, and more employable, worker.For the Apprentice it's a great way to work and study, whilst their employer knows that their staff are getting quality assured training.
Job applicants who have trained through an apprenticeship scheme are more employable than people with other qualifications, even degrees, a government survey has found. Employability research from 500 companies, by ICM Research, revealed that employers rate apprentice's skills and experience above other career paths.



 How do Apprenticeships work?



Apprenticeships are work-based learning programmes designed to give the Apprentice the skills and understanding required to become competent in their chosen industry. Whilst gaining experience the Apprentice will work towards gaining nationally recognised qualifications. Apprenticeships can be delivered in a wide range of business sectors, and we will help you access the funding as well as receive a grant towards the day to day running costs if you are new to Apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are tailor made around the needs of both the apprentice and employer. Over 85% of employers who employ apprentices agree they make the workplace more motivated and productive. Businesses up and down the UK are opting to hire apprentices to help them tackle the current economic climate with a fresh perspective.


How Much do Apprentices Get Paid?



The national minimum wage for apprentices is £3.30 per hour from the 1st October 2015.

This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship.

For all other apprentices the apprentice national minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The wage for apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent in training. For more informationclick here


What qualifications do Apprentices gain?



Apprentices are given the skills to sustain employment in the future and prepare them for further education:

  • QCF Competence (NVQ)
  • QCF Knowledge (technical certificate)
  • Functional Skills; Maths, English & ICT
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills  

Eligibility Criteria:

Apprentices must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week (not temporary, casual or freelance) and have been a resident in the UK or EU for 3 years. Some exemptions can apply. Not qualified at or above degree level (Level 4) for Level 2 and Level 3.


The Programme:


The programme will take a minimum of 12 months to complete. In order for apprentices to achieve their qualifications with the pressures of full time employment the employer must allow the apprentice time to study. Apprenticeships are available at level 2, level 3 and also at level 4 and 5 for those in management positions.


New Apprenticeship Laws:


To ensure the quality of Apprenticeships the Government has introduced legislation that affects both training providers and employers. For our part we have to structure our Apprenticeships to include at least 280 hours of learning each year, (through a mixture of learning on the job, with their trainer and individual study time). From April 6th 2012 employers are required to include Apprenticeship details in contracts of employment; if you’d like any help with that get in touch, we have a template you can use as an add to your existing contracts.


Employer's Grant:


To encourage businesses to employ Apprentices the Government have introduced an incentive scheme. Employers who haven’t had an Apprentice for the past 12 months can be awarded a grant of £1,500 if they employ a 16-24 year old Apprentice, and canearn this rate for up to 10 Apprentices. The payment is made after 13 weeks in training. There are also grants available from Kent County Council and the London Assembly.