Apprenticeships for Employers
Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any business to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.
There are rules governing what an apprenticeship is. The main ones are:
- the apprentice must be employed in a real job.
- they do not have to be new to the organisation; they may be an existing employee who is receiving appropriate training.
- the apprentice must work towards achieving an approved apprenticeship standard or apprenticeship framework.
- the apprenticeship training must last at least 12 months.
- the apprentice must spend at least 20% of their time on off-the-job training.
Apprenticeships are a ‘win-win’ situation for employers and apprentices. Apprentices get a real job, receive training towards nationally recognised qualifications, gain the benefits of work based experience and qualifications and earn a wage at the same time; whilst employers get financial assistance towards the off-the-job training costs, and gain skilled staff who can make a real contribution to their business.