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.

Employers will need to pay at least the apprenticeship national minimum wage – currently £3.40 per hour –and an apprentice must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week. Financial support is available towards training costs.

If you’re a small or medium sized business looking to take on an apprentice then additional financial support may also be available. Businesses in Leeds could be eligible for grants of up to £2,000 when they take on an apprentice aged 16 – 24 years old. For further information please see the LEP website.

All companies with a payroll of more than £3 million must pay the Apprenticeship Levy, introduced in April 2017 and designed to increase investment in apprenticeship-based training. More information about the apprenticeship levy and apprenticeship funding is available online.

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.

Apprenticeships in Leeds

More information about apprenticeships in Leeds is available on Leeds Pathways. Free, impartial advice and support is also available by emailing the Leeds Apprenticeships Hub at or by ringing 0113 247 5862.

Young people aged 16 to 18, including apprentices, can apply for a travel card from WY Metro, which entitles them to half price bus and train fare throughout West Yorkshire.



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