Employing Apprentices

The Skills & Growth Company are here to help you employ apprentices and make the most of this opportunity.

Apprenticeships are for ambitious people of all ages who want to earn while they learn, gaining real skills and knowledge. They offer employers the opportunity to strengthen and diversify their workforce providing a future talent pipeline tailored to business needs.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a job with training. Being an apprentice means that you have a job that includes gaining recognised qualifications and essential skills whilst you are working and earning a wage. Apprenticeships are designed around the needs of employers.

Apprentices bring enthusiasm and a fresh perspective, so it’s no surprise that 89% of employers say they make their business more productive. With the expansion of higher and degree apprenticeships businesses can now access the higher-level technical skills vital to business performance and growth.

Apprenticeships also bring opportunity; to attract new talent, offer progression and help develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. They can also help lower recruitment costs, 75% of apprentice employers have found this to be the case and 80% say that apprenticeships will play a bigger part in their futurerecruitment plans.

Our ambition is for it to become the norm for young people to achieve their career goals by going into an apprenticeship or to undertake a degree or – in the case of some, higher and degree apprenticeships – doing both.

Apprenticeships have increased at a record rate. 871,800 people were and highly skilled apprenticeships are being offered each year.

Employers can find out all they need to know to employ an apprentice

by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/take-on-an-apprentice

  • All apprentices must receive the appropriate apprentice national minimum wage and training costs are covered for eligible apprentices. All apprentices should work for at least 30 hours a week, apart from in exceptional circumstances.
  • Quality is key to apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are paid jobs, must be at least 12 months’ duration and lead to the achievement of recognised and transferable skills through on and off the job training.
  • Young people can start an apprenticeship on the first day after the last Friday in June (official school leaving date in England) as long as they are 16 or become 16 before 1 September of that year. They’ll need to be living in England and not in full-time education.

Get In Go Far is the government’s new advertising campaign designed to inform and inspire young people to consider apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience as valid and credible routes to a rewarding career.  It also aims to increase interest and demand from employers in running apprenticeship programmes.

The government is committed to creating three million apprenticeship starts and working with businesses to create two million new jobs. The campaign will help with this ambition to ensure young people get the skills they need and those that employers are looking for.

The website www.getingofar.gov.uk will enable young people, employers, parents and teachers to find out more about apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience. Young people can also access thousands of opportunities across a range of sectors and employers – so they can get in and go far in their career.

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