For a number of years, an apprenticeship has been regarded as being the option for those that can’t make it to university or for those that want to do something vocational, like plumbing or mechanics. However, with the price of university soaring and the skills gap widening, it is not surprising to see why apprenticeships have become an attractive option for students and employers alike.

Apprenticeships have also been revitalised with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and the fact that they are no longer limited to traditional trades. With that being said, how do you hire an apprentice?

Expectations
Before you start the process of looking for an apprentice, be realistic about their skills. They will not be work-ready from the get-go but you have the opportunity to shape a young person’s skills and adapt them to your business and industry.

Level of apprenticeship
Next, it’s time to think about the three levels of apprenticeships and the levels equate to the level of skills that you require. Those levels are Intermediate, Advanced and Higher. Intermediate is known as a Level 2 apprenticeship, which is equivalent to 5 GCSE passes. Advanced is known as a Level 3 apprenticeship, which is equivalent to 2 A-Level passes. And lastly there is a Higher, which is working towards Level 4 or above and the apprentice can finish with a full bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Training Provider
Find a training provider, like GB Training, that offers apprenticeships for your industry.  They are a partnership between you and the training provider. You provide them with a job spec and person requirements and the training provider will be able to advise on the best type and level of apprenticeship. They will also take care of your apprentice’s training, qualification and assessment. Click here to search for an appropriate training provider.

Funding
Because of the Apprentice Levy, apprentices between 16 and 18 years old have 100% of their funding provided for by the government. Apprentices between 19 and 24 years old will have a part of their funding provided for but the employer will have to provide some financial contribution. To learn about the terms and conditions of apprenticeship funding, click here.

Wage
Apprentices are paid for the apprentice minimum wage for their first year, regardless of their age, then after that, they are entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage that applies to their age.

That was a handful of top tips that are sure to help you to be in the know before you get an apprentice. To learn about getting an apprentice or of how we can help you contact us today.