Have you thought about taking on an Apprentice or upskilling an existing employee through an Apprenticeship scheme?

With students finishing their A levels and GCSEs, this is a great time of year to start looking for an Apprentice, as many will now be considering what to do next. But don’t forget that you can also upskill your existing employees through an Apprenticeship qualification.

Qualifications – Sectors and Subjects Despite common belief, Apprenticeships are not just for trades people or hairdressers, they include qualifications in areas such as Business and Administration, Digital, Legal, Finance and Accounting, Sales and Marketing as well as Transport and Logistics, just to name a few. Full details can be found at: Browse by sector 

Current Funding available to SMEs Note: The Apprenticeship rules for the academic year 2022 / 2023 are expected to be published in July 2022.

Many SMEs will qualify for funding to support them when taking on an Apprentice. If your business has an annual pay bill of less than £3m, then under the current government offering you will only be required to pay 5% towards the cost of training and assessing an Apprentice. 

How to Hire an Apprentice 

  1. Identify the Apprenticeship Course that you would like to be completed Browse by sector 
  2. Find a training provider Find apprenticeship training
  3. Advertise your vacancy in the Adverts section of your Apprenticeship Service Account or give permission to your training provider to advertise for you. Also consider advertising on sites such as Indeed, letting local schools and colleges know that you have a vacancy and sharing details in local Facebook Community Groups. Guidance on creating an advert can be found here: Creating an apprenticeship advert
  4. Once you have found your Apprentice, you should follow standard recruitment procedures, including checking their Right to Work in the UK and providing them with Terms and Conditions of  Employment / Apprenticeship Agreement, which may include specifics regarding the Company’s expectations in relation to the course.

Pay rates: Apprentices are currently entitled to the following rates of pay (as at April 2022):

  • aged under 19 – £4.81 per hour
  • aged 19 or over and in the first year of their Apprenticeship – £4.81 per hour
  • aged 19 or over and have completed the first year of their Apprenticeship – National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage rate for their age: National minimum wage rates 

Further information and advice for employers about taking on an Apprentice can be found here: Apprenticeships – guidance for employers