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Frequently asked questions about apprenticeships

How much does it cost me?

You will have to pay an Apprentice a wage. This is currently set at a minimum of £2.60 per hour. This applies to all Apprentices 16-18. If the Apprentice is 19 or over then you can pay them £2.60 per hour but only in the first year of their Apprenticeship, after this then the National Minimum Wage must be applied.

What funding will I receive?

Currently you will receive 100% funding towards the cost of the Apprenticeship for 16-18 year olds and 50% for 19-24 year olds. For all learners 25 upwards there is a funding contribution for specified places.

How long is the Apprenticeship for?

The length of an Apprenticeship can vary depending on the apprentice and the skills they already have obtained; It also depends on the level of the Apprenticeship and industry sector. Generally, Apprenticeships that Skills for Work deliver are 12-18 months.

What Apprenticeships are available?


Intermediate level

Advanced level

Business Administration



Customer Service



Health & Social Care






Team Leading






Will I be supported?

Yes, you will be supported throughout all programmes. Skills for Work are a dedicated team which offer full guidance and support for all employers.

What about holidays?

All Apprentices must receive 20 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays.

How soon can they start?

Apprentices can start at any time.

Can I train my existing staff?

Yes, depending on what kind of training you identify depends on what Skills for Work can offer. You can offer them an Apprenticeship or a bespoke training session.

Do you offer other bespoke training?

Yes, Skills for Work can offer bespoke training packages that suit your business needs. Skills for Work are flexible when delivering these training packages and can tailor a package to fit within your budget.

If you still are unable to find the information you need, please either contact our Advisors direct:

Employment Link Officers
Telephone: 01274 432170

Or alternatively you can contact us online by completing our Skills for Work contact form

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