How to get an Apprentice for your Business-FULL GUIDE

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When children have finished their GCSEs or A levels, they are stuck with the tough discussion on what to do next. Some children take the step towards University, but many are now choosing apprenticeships, as they’re a great alternative.

These apprenticeships are amazing real-life experiences and earning wages. So if you’re considering hiring a young apprentice, then this guide is a great way to learn more about the processes!

Are apprenticeships good for business?

Apprenticeships in business help support young learners with training and funding for their education! But they are also great for business because…

  • Save money on recruiting new staff.
  • They can help bring a different perspective to your business.
  • Government funding help with the training costs.
  • Apprenticeship incentives are currently being offered by the government for anyone hiring an apprentice.
  • Gain a new employee with skills that are relevant to your business at the end of their apprenticeship.
  • These apprentices will be committed and dedicated to your company if you invest time and energy in their training and development.
  • Hiring an apprentice can help to grow your business.

Who can apply for a business management apprenticeship?

Apprentices who will onboard with the programme 16 years old and over, who have a right to work in Britain and they can only work for you. And the business and management apprenticeships are only available for those who aren’t in full time education already.

There are also Business higher apprenticeships that give the opportunity for young people to obtain a level 4 qualification or higher, by applicants will need to have at least 5 GCSEs with grades A* to C and level 3 qualifications. Such as A levels, BTECs or NVQs.

What are the requirements?

Employers must give real jobs to apprentices, which will allow them to develop their skills in a professional working environment. 

The minimum duration of an apprenticeship should be 30 paid hours a week.

And there are a lot of terms you need to meet…

  • A contract of employment, long enough for them to complete their apprenticeship successfully.
  • A wage, the national minimum wage for their age. 
  • A job role that helps them improve their gain knowledge, skills, and behaviours for their apprenticeship.
  • Allow them to combine their learning hours in formal off-the-job training.

Have a signed apprenticeship agreement ready before the apprentice starts, which is a standard contract.

How do I take on an apprentice?

If you’re wanting an apprentice and you can provide the right conditions for them, then you’ll need to use the gov.uk apprenticeship service. 

For small businesses, you will need to use a PAYE scheme reference number when applying to take on an apprentice.

There is of course some paperwork involved with hiring an apprentice. Which involves having a contract drawn up for a commitment statement and apprenticeship agreement.

Also, you will need to register your apprentice on an eligible training course, with a professional provider.

Hiring an apprentice checklist!

  • They will benefit your business by increasing your productivity and saves on recruitment.
  • They will need to be aged 16 or over, living in England and isn’t in full-time education already.
  • The government offers funding and sometimes incentives for your business.
  • You’ll need to pay them a fair wage, give sufficient work, supply them with a role that enables them to learn.

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