Apprenticeship guidance for employers

Apprenticeships are an extremely cost effective, efficient and practical way of training your workforce so they have the relevant skills and qualifications to do the job.

Organisations can shape apprentices approach to work from an early age. Not only can you equip them with the basic skills needed, you get the chance to create the ideal employee for your organisation.

As a result, your organisation is more likely to:

  • Improve its bottom line 
  • Fill skills gaps 
  • Keep up with the latest industry developments 
  • Gain motivated and satisfied workers

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are work based programmes that enable young people and adults to gain nationally recognised qualifications. They do this through a mix of training off the job with the provider or college and in the workplace.

Apprentices are either new or existing employees who have signed up to an Apprenticeship through their employer or individuals who have been matched with an employer to start a career in their chosen occupation.

What is a framework?

There are a number of elements to each Apprenticeship and this is called a framework. This means learners will gain a range of qualifications as they progress through their training.

Each framework contains three main parts:

  • A competence based qualification 
  • A knowledge based qualification 
  • Functional skills

There are three different levels of Apprenticeship available

Intermediate Apprenticeship: is a Level 2 qualification (equivalent to 5 GCSEs) and the training programme normally lasts between 12 and 18 months.

Advanced Apprenticeship: is a Level 3 qualification (equivalent to 2 A levels). The training programme can last between 12 and 42 months depending on the industry sector framework being undertaken.

Higher Level Apprenticeship: develops skills at Level 4 or 5 and in some cases the framework contains a knowledge based qualification such as a HNC or Foundation Degree. These may take up to 24 months to complete.

How does it work?

Apprentices must generally be in paid employed and working a minimum of 30 hours a week before we can offer them a training programme. The maximum a 16 – 18 year old can work is 40 hours a week and this includes time out of the workplace for attending training sessions either at work or college.

How much should I pay an Apprentice?

The government has accepted a recommendation from the Low Pay Commission (LCP) to introduce an Apprentice minimum wage. This is currently £3.30 an hour and is reviewed annually. The rate will apply to Apprentices under 19 and Apprentices aged 19 and over.

Can anyone over the age of 16 undertake an Apprenticeship?

Not everyone is eligible to undertake an Apprenticeship. Individuals who have a Level 4 or higher qualification e.g. HNC, Degree, NVQ Level 4 are not eligible to access Apprenticeship funding.

Can I get help recruiting a suitable apprentice?

Yes. Once we receive a completed application form, we will invite applicants to a suitable provider or college to undertake an initial assessment and interview. We will provide them with more information, answer any questions and inform them as to whether they have been accepted on to their chosen Apprenticeship. The provider or college will work with you to identify suitable apprenticeship vacancies. They will also help you with your CV and interview skills.

For more information please call 01274 434953


Contact details

Bradford Apprenticeship Hub

Phone : 01274 434953

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