Employer Apprenticeships: FAQs

Explore this page to find the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about apprenticeships.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is an excellent way to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours of new or existing staff. Apprentices will spend 6 hours per week of their paid time learning ‘Off the job’ training. This involves the essential training to help them gain the skills required to complete their apprenticeship standard.  Upon completion of their practical training and End Point Assessment they will receive vocationally recognised industry standard recognition.

Most programmes require regular weekly college attendance however the frequency is dependant on the apprenticeship standard.  As an employer any In-house training, relevant to the standard can contribute to the skills development also. Assessors will visit the apprentice to assess their work, set targets, and review their progress and it is expected that the apprentices’ line manager is involved to make sure all parties are satisfied with the progress of the Apprenticeship. 

What is the benefit for my business?

  • you can adapt their training according to the needs of your business
  • they’re motivated to learn new skills
  • you can expand and upskill your workforce
  • As an employer, you can get funding from the government to help pay for apprenticeship training.

How long is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships differ depending on which one you chose; however, they have to be a minimum of 12 months in duration to be classed as an apprenticeship.

What are the eligibility criteria?

Apprentices must be over 16 years old and have the right to live and work in the UK for the duration of their programme. They will need to hold the entry grades for the specific programme and as an employee must have a contract of employment that cover as least the duration of the apprenticeship training.

Do I need to pay an apprentice?

Apprentices get paid a minimum wage. Apprentices aged 19 and over, in the second year of study, will be entitled to the age-related rate. However, many apprentices get paid much more than this. Apprentices must also be paid for the time they spend studying at college. For more information on the National Minimum Wage visit www.gov.uk

Am I required to pay the apprentice’s course fees?

Costs vary according to the company size and age of apprentice. Please visit our employer funding page for more information.

Is there an age limit for apprentices?

Apprentices can be any age over 16. There is no upper age limit meaning your existing staff can benefit as well.

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