An Alternative to College With Training in the Workplace

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Advantages for Employers

Boost Your Bottom Line

A People 1st survey found that 4 out of 10 employers find apprentices more productive than hiring new staff, while 49%  said they made their businesses more competitive.

Staff Trained to Your Standards

Apprentices are trained at your place of work and as the primary trainer you can teach them the skills which are relevant to your business requirements. The knowledge and experience they gain is then applied back into your business which raises the standard of service and in turns leads to enhanced company performance.

Minimum Wage Rates & Value for money

£2.73 – the apprentice rate. Applies to under 19 year old if in their 1st year of their training.

£3.79 – 16 – 17 year olds for workers above school leaving age but under 18.

£5.13 – 18 – 20 year olds.

£6.50 – 21 + year old.

The cost of hiring an apprentice quickly pays for itself. 30% of those surveyed stated they recouped their costs within a year and a further 20% within 18 months.

Motivate Your Workforce

Apprentices tend to be eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invested in them.  An apprentice is with you because they have made an active choice to learn on the job and a commitment to a specific career.

Government Funded Training

The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds (AGE 16 to 24) is aimed at helping eligible employers to offer young people employment through the Apprenticeship programme, by providing wage incentives to assist employers in recruiting young
apprentices.

The grant targets employers who are new to Apprenticeships and recruiting their first apprentice, and also supports employers who have not been in a position within the previous twelve months to commit to employing an apprentice again.

The National Apprenticeship Service will provide up to 40,000 Apprenticeship grants to employers with up to 1000 employees recruiting 16 to 24 year olds with a value of
£1,500 to encourage employers to take on new apprentices.

The £1,500 is in addition to the training costs of the Apprenticeship framework which are met in full for young people aged 16 to 18 and 50% for those aged 19 to 24.