Could you take on an apprentice?
27 February 2017
Apprenticeship is a mix of learning on the job and formal tuition, allowing apprentices to gain a qualification along with experience, thus providing a solution to the vicious cycle of needing experience to get a job but not being able to get experience if you can’t get a job. There are certain rules and regulations surrounding taking on an apprentice that you must be aware of:
• You must pay your apprentice at least the minimum wage during their placement;
• They must learn job-specific skills.
• Studying for a work-based qualification during their working week is an obligation.
An apprenticeship can last from 1 to 4 years, depending on the level of qualification the apprentice is studying for. If you’d like to hire an apprentice, there are several steps to take:
• Choose an apprenticeships framework or standard for an apprenticeship in your industry and at a suitable level.
• Find a training organisation that offers apprenticeships for your industry to handle your apprentice’s training, qualification and assessment.
• Check you’re eligible for a grant and apply.
• Advertise your apprenticeship – your training organisation will do this for you through the ‘Find an Apprenticeship Service’.
• Select your apprentice and make an apprenticeship agreement with them.
Taking on an apprentice can bring young, enthusiastic talent to your company and is a win-win for both you and the apprentice.
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