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An Apprenticeship is a way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a recognised qualification or standard and a real future. Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

You can read the latest information about Apprenticeship funding here.

Business Benefits of apprenticeships

  1. Increased productivity: 72% of businesses report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice.
  2. Apprenticeships develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.
  3. Customers: 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices
  4. 84% appreciated that hiring apprentices would improve their reputations as employers (CBI 2010)
  5. Reduced recruitment costs: 74% say apprentices are more loyal and stay with the business longer (Populus)
  6. Apprenticeship training can either be paid using funds in your digital account (levy paying companies) or is funded through co-investment where 10% is paid by the employer and 90% by the government (non-levy companies). Companies with fewer than 50 staff can take on an apprentice aged 16-18 at no cost.

You are required to pay each apprentice the national apprentice wage (£3.70 per hour from 1st April 2018) though we encourage employers to pay more.

Is there a sweetener?

A £1000 incentive payment is available for employers who take on an apprentice aged 16-18. Employers with fewer than 50 staff may be able to have training for an apprentice aged 16-18 fully funded by government funding, with no employer contribution.

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"Apprenticeships not only get new talent into companies but give learners the chance to get their foot on the career ladder. Support from training providers helps with the theoretical side which is great as sometimes they need an external outlook.”