What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a government-recognised and approved learning programme, aimed at people over the age of 16. Apprenticeships are an excellent way of training junior members of staff, allowing them to gain hands-on, practical experience while earning a wage. Apprentices are required to work a minimum of 30 hours per week. However, if they're aged 18 or under, they are not permitted to work more than 40 hours a week, or more than 8 hours a day. Employers must dedicate 20% of the apprentice's working hours to training.
All employers must commit to paying their apprentice the national apprenticeship minimum wage, £3.90 per hour, for the first year of their employment. In terms of course contribution, if an apprentice is between the ages of 16 and 18, the employer does not have to pay toward their course. They will also be entitled to a government incentive payment of £1000, which comes in two installments of £500 (one after 6 months of the apprentice's employment, and another after 12 months). If an employer takes on an apprentice aged 19 or over, they will be required to pay a 5% contribution to their training costs. We work with employers to ensure this cost is manageable!