More and more employers are realising the benefits that come from employing apprentices. As well as giving young people an opportunity, it’s a great way to develop the skills your company will need in the future.
Employing apprentices brings fresh talent into your organisation and the combination of on-the-job training and academic-based learning makes sure they are being equipped with the right skills to do the job from day one.
Watch the short video on Apprenticeships – Delivering for Leeds and hear first-hand what employers have to say about the value that apprentices bring to their businesses.
Help for companies employing apprentices
The Leeds Apprenticeship Hub works with employers, schools and young people to promote apprenticeships as a way to get into the world of work and start to build a career. We help match candidates with companies offering apprenticeship opportunities and we make sure companies are matched with the right training provider.
Help with recruiting apprentices is also available through the Apprentice Training Agency Leeds. For smaller companies, the ATA will act as the employing organisation, helping to reduce the costs, risk and paperwork associated with employing an apprentice.
Employers have to pay the apprenticeship national minimum wage – currently £2.73 per hour – but financial support is available towards training costs. Companies can also get a one-off grant of £1,500 towards the cost of employing apprentices aged 16-24 (available to companies with less than 50 employees from 1/1/15). Visit the National Apprenticeship Service website for details.
Apprenticeship levels and frameworks
There are three kinds of apprenticeships: intermediate (equivalent to GCSE level); advanced (A level); and higher (Degree level). They last a minimum of 12 months but in some sectors such as engineering and construction trades they can last three or four years.
Apprenticeships are available to companies of all sizes and in all sectors. Whatever line of business you are in there will be an agreed apprenticeship framework that sets out the qualifications and skills needed for specific job roles and occupations.
The frameworks are set by the relevant Sector Skills Council. They include a nationally recognised qualification and set out the things apprentices need to learn and the standards they need to achieve to do a job properly.