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Employing an Apprentice - Employers Guide


Apprentices can be for any person any age now and combine working with studying to gain skills and knowledge in a specific job.

Did you know an Apprentice can be new or current employee?

You can access government funding via the levy scheme to cover some of the cost of training and assessing an apprentice if you're in England.

You must pay the apprentice at least the minimum wage.

These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.


25 and over

21 to 24

18 to 20

Under 18


April 2017






 Click here for further updates on minimum wages

Your apprentice must:

  • work with experienced staff
  • learn job-specific skills
  • study during their working week (for example, at a college or training organisation)

5 steps to hiring an apprentice

There are 5 steps to taking on an apprentice.

1.       Choose an apprenticeships framework or standard for your industry and at a suitable level.

2.       Find a training organisation that offers the relevant apprenticeship framework or standard you're interested in. if your business based in Essex, Hertfordshire, London, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire

We offer apprenticeships in the following areas:

a.       Business Administration

b.       Customer Service

c.       Team Leading / Supervisor

3.       Check what funding is available we can help you do this.

4.       We will help you to advertise your apprenticeship opportunity and help you to find the ideal young job seeker aged 16-24 who will begin as an Apprentice in your company.

5.       Also, we can help you to select your apprentice and set up an apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement with you and them.

How long does an apprenticeship last?

Apprenticeships must last for at least a year. They can last up to 5 years depending on the level the apprentice is studying.

Interested in hiring an apprentice then call us 01279 311492

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