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Employing an apprentice

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job that is completed alongside training. It allows people to earn while they learn and receive a recognised qualification to develop their future career.

Any resident living in England, who is over the age of 16 and not in full-time education is eligible for an apprentice.

Depending on your business, most apprenticeships will:

  • Take between 1 to 4 years to complete
  • Require employment for at least 30 hours per week
  • Require apprentices to receive a salary equal to or above the appropriate minimum wage, as well as annual leave and bank holiday entitlement
  • Require 20% of time spent studying and training (paid)

For full details regarding hours and salaries please refer to the most recent Apprenticeship Funding document.

How could an apprentice help my business?

An apprentice usually starts at a beginner's level. Upon completion of their apprenticeship, they will be able to fulfil a range of duties specific to your business at an industry-standard level.

A training provider will work closely with you to ensure that your apprentice's training meets both the requirements of the qualification and the employment needs of your business. The apprentice will receive practical job specific skills which can be put into practice as they are learnt.