Choosing to recruit an apprentice or upskill your existing workforce is a great way to organically grow your business. Have a look through the frequently asked questions below, and if you have any further queries, let us know and we’ll be happy to help.
What is an apprenticeship?+
An apprenticeships is a form of full-time employment where an employee works towards a framework of qualifications related to their job role and sector. They are paid a salary by their employer while receiving government-funded teaching and training from a specialist tutor, who supports them to gain the knowledge and competencies they need to jumpstart a successful career at their place of work.
Why should I hire an apprentice?+
Apprentices, with significantly lower salaries and our free recruitment service, are an attractive alternative to graduates for many businesses when filling entry-level positions. With the support of our tutors, apprentices can quickly learn the skills they need to become valuable employees and many employers do not identify performance gaps between graduates and apprentices once trained.
What is the apprenticeship levy and how will it affect me?+
In spring 2017 the way the government funds apprenticeships in England is changing. The levy will require all UK employers with a pay bill over £3 million each year, to make an investment in apprenticeships. You can benefit from this investment by recruiting new apprentices or by upskilling your existing workforce through our professional courses. Find out more about the levy here
Which apprenticeships do Apprenticeship Connect offer?+
We deliver apprenticeships in a number of different subject areas, suitable for employees across a wide range of sectors. For a full list of our courses, please click here
How much does the training cost?+
The cost of an apprenticeship varies depending on the size of a business. Find out more about apprenticeship funding here.
Do I have to pay a recruitment fee?+
No, our recruitment service is completely free of charge. Find out more about our specialist recruitment process here
How much should I pay an apprentice?+
The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is currently £3.50 per hour. For positions in London and the South East we set a higher minimum salary of £10,000 per annum due to increased living and travel costs. Once an apprentice completes their course, their wages typically rise to that of a qualified, full-time member of staff. Find out more about wages here [link to Wages].
Does an apprentice receive sick pay and paid annual leave?+
Apprentices are entitled to at least 28 annual leave per year and have the same right to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) as normal employees.
Does an apprentice have to attend college or training days off-site?+
Unlike many other apprenticeship providers, all of our training is delivered in the workplace so apprentices so not need to take time out to attend college.
How many hours a week can an apprentice work?+
An apprentice can work a minimum of 30 hours and a maximum of 40 hours a week.
How long does an apprenticeship last?+
An apprenticeship typically lasts a year, although higher level apprenticeships can last up to 18 months.
What happens once the apprentice has completed their course?+
Once an apprentice has finished their course, you will need to formally decide whether you wish to continue employing them as a normal member of staff, and will need to revise their contract and pay accordingly.
What is the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers?+
The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers aims to support businesses with fewer than 50 employees to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment through an apprenticeship programme. To discuss your eligibility and how we can support you with your application, contact us on 020 3829 6934.
Are training courses available for my existing staff?+
We have a wide range of government-funded professional courses available for existing staff. Upskilling your workforce through these programmes is a great way to take advantage of the new apprenticeship without increasing your headcount.