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Information For Employers

What are Apprenticeships?

They are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to national recognised qualifications. You can use Apprenticeships to train both new and existing employees. Funding is available to train apprentices.Apprenticeships are designed by the Sector Skills Councils, while the National Apprenticeship Service helps to fund the training.

Business representatives from the relevant industry sector work with the Sector Skills Councils to develop the course content. Because they genuinely understand your business, the training will be relevant for your industry.

Over 100,000 employers in over 160,000 workplaces offer frameworks across a wide range of industry sectors. Depending on the sector and job role an Apprenticeship can take anything between one and four years to complete. It is a package of on-the-job training and qualifications.


Facts in numbers

  • Over 80% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive.

  • 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices.

  • The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is £3.30 per hour. Many employers prefer to pay more however, and research shows that the average salary is approx £170 per week.

  • Employers who take on a 16-18 year old apprentice only pay their salary. The Government will fund their training.

  • There are more than 200 different types of Apprenticeships available offering over 1,200 job roles.

  • 92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.

  • 83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future.

  • One in five employers are hiring more apprentices to help them through the tough economic climate.


Levels

There are three levels of Apprenticeship available:

1 - Intermediate Level Apprenticeships

  • Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.

2 - Advanced Level Apprenticeships

  • Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a Level 3 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.

3 - Higher Apprenticeships

  • Apprentices undertake a framework at Level 4 and above which will include a competence based qualification, Functional Skills and in some cases a broader vocationally related qualification which could be a Foundation degree.

Find out more about the current range of Higher Apprenticeships available, developing new frameworks and the Higher Apprenticeship Investment Fund.

For more information please check the National Apprenticeship Service National Apprenticeship Service