Now is the time to think about taking on an Apprentice

Have you ever thought about training someone up through an Apprenticeship with the aim of offering them a permanent role within your business in the future? Despite common belief, Apprenticeships are not just for trades people or hairdressers, and nowadays Apprentices can be of any age too!

With A level results having just been announced and GCSEs results due next week, this is a great time of year to look for an Apprentice, as both school and college leavers will be looking for training opportunities right now – although as mentioned above, an Apprentice can be of any age.

Funding: If your company’s annual pay bill is less than £3m, you pay just 5% towards the cost of training and assessing an Apprentice. In addition, if you employ an Apprentice before the end of September 2021 and their Apprenticeship course starts before the end of November 2021, you can apply for a payment of £3k from the government. See here: 

Funding an apprenticeship for non levy employers

Types of Apprenticeship courses available: Apprenticeships are available for a wide range of sectors and job types. You can search for Apprenticeship courses relevant to your business here: Browse by sector – Employers

Pay rates: Apprentices are currently entitled to the following rates of pay:

  1. aged under 19 – £4.30 per hour
  2. aged 19 or over and in the first year of their Apprenticeship – £4.30 per hour
  3. 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 and National Living Wage rates 

Further information and advice for employers about taking on an Apprentice can be found here: Hire an apprentice