How to employ an Apprentice
What is an Apprentice?
Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification. Apprentices can be new or current employees.
Is there an incentive to take on an Apprentice?
As an employer, you may be eligible for a £1000 bonus if your new Apprentice is aged 16-18. To be eligible, your company must have less than 50 employees – and if that’s the case, you don’t have to pay the 10% contribution to the cost of training.
What are the terms and conditions?
In brief, you as the employer must pay the Apprentice at least the minimum Apprenticeship wage during their first year with you. This is currently set at £3.40 per hour. (October 2016)
Apprentices usually work for 30 paid hours a week, and you must offer apprentices the same conditions as other employees working at similar grades or in similar roles. This includes paid holidays, sick pay, any benefits you offer, eg childcare voucher schemes and any support you offer, eg coaching or mentoring. Ask us for full details.
What must I provide for my Apprentice?
Your apprentice must:
- work with experienced staff
- learn job-specific skills
- study for a work-based qualification
How can VTS help recruit my Apprentice?
- Register your interest in employing an Apprentice with VTS. We will visit you to discuss handling your apprentice’s recruitment, assessment, training and qualification.
- We will apply for your £1000 bonus, if appropriate. This will be paid in equal payments of £500 in month three and twelve of the Apprenticeship.
- We will advertise your apprenticeship position through the government’s “Find an Apprenticeship” website.
- We’ll send you potentially suitable CVs – you decide who to interview and take on.
- We’ll meet with you and your Apprentice to make an apprenticeship agreement and to enrol them.
- We’ll then visit you and your Apprentice once every 4 weeks at work to help deliver their qualification.
What are some of the benefits of employing an Apprentice?
Taking on an Apprentice helps create a dedicated, loyal workforce. The majority of apprentices are young school or college leavers, meaning that they have lots of energy with which to learn the ways of your business as you help them gain experience.
The initial outlay of hiring an apprentice is often smaller than many companies think, thanks to government funding. A study by the UK Commission on Employment finds that 88 per cent of employers feel apprenticeships are a cost-effective way to train staff.