Step up to see why employers are involved with the apprenticeship programme
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
- Increased productivity: 72% of businesses report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice.
- Apprenticeships develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.
- Customers: 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices
- 84% appreciated that hiring apprentices would improve their reputations as employers (CBI 2010)
- Reduced recruitment costs: 74% say apprentices are more loyal and stay with the business longer (Populus)
- 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 (£3.50 per hour from 1st April 2017) 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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