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The Benefits of Having an Apprentice in Your Business

If you are planning to grow your business and want to increase your workforce then taking on an apprentice is an option worth considering. Over the past few years there has been a big push to help young people find employment and increase their skills. It’s also opening up far more opportunities for young people that do not want to go to University but are keen to learn through a more vocational route.

From an employer’s perspective taking on an apprentice can be very rewarding as you can take on a young person that is enthusiastic, willing to learn and can be moulded to learn the skills that are specific to your company. This is particularly beneficial if you work in an industry which may not be well known to young people choosing their careers for the future, e.g. the mineral products industry.

Did you know that 96% of businesses report a benefit to their business when they recruit an apprentice?

The D2N2 Employment and Skills website outlines the support employers can access both at a national and local level to find out more about how apprenticeships work and the process for taking on an apprentice.

There has been a national drive to make the process of taking on an apprentice more straight forward. If you want to find out more about apprenticeships you can contact the National Apprenticeship Service on 08000 150 600. The advisors will find out more about your business and skills requirements for the role, and then advise on how you can get support locally.

How one company benefitted

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Who can you take on as an apprentice?

  • Apprentices have to be aged over 16 and they would work within your business whilst studying for for a work-based qualification at the same time. This can be from GCSE, or equivalent, up to degree level.
  • You can take on someone new into an apprenticeship role. You can also take on your existing staff, where appropriate, as they can access the apprenticeship programme as part of their skills development and career progression.
  • The apprentice needs to be employed at least 30 hours a week and the apprenticeship programme runs for a minimum of a year.
  • You can develop your own in-house training programme or you can find a training provider that will handle the apprentice’s training, qualification and assessment.

Is there any funding available?

  • You must pay an apprentice at least the minimum wage; the hourly rate is dependent on their age. There is no upper limit to the age for apprenticeships, however, grants available are age dependent.
  • Employers who have not taken on an apprentice in the last year may be eligible to receive a £1,500 grant. These grants are available if your apprentice is aged between 16 to 24. Some grants, such as the AGE Grant is available for businesses that have less then 50 employees who are new to apprenticeships or haven't enrolled onto an apprenticeship programme over the past 12 months.

What are your next steps?

So if you are interested in taking on a new apprentice or continuing to develop your apprenticeship programme further you can contact the National Apprenticeship Service on 08000 150 600 or visit the D2N2 Employment and Skills website. The website gives you more links to national and local advice that can help you to understand in more detail how apprenticeships can aid in your business growth.

The first ever Derbyshire Apprenticeship Graduation is being hosted on May 28th. There will be an opportunity, at the Employers’ Lunch event, part of the Apprenticeship Graduation, for businesses interested in taking on a new apprentice to talk to other business people who have benefitted from the Apprenticeship Programme. If you would like to attend the event please register by clicking here..

Careers Fairs and Skills shows can be found on the D2N2 Employment and Skills website here.