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How do Apprenticeship schemes work for employers?

Learn how your business could benefit from taking on an Apprentice.

Apprenticeships can be a strategic and rewarding investment for your business. By providing structured training that combines practical, on-the-job learning with College training.  

Anyone in a business, from entry level to senior leaders, can enrol onto a relevant Apprenticeship, if the chosen Apprenticeship will allow them to develop new knowledge, skills and behaviours. 


Apprenticeships are an effective and affordable way to provide staff training.  An Apprentice is an employee of your business and must have a contract of employment and be included on your PAYE scheme.  

Apprentices should be employed for at least 30 hours per week.  

Paying an Apprentice

You’re responsible for paying your apprentice for their normal working hours and any training they do as part of the Apprenticeship.  

You must pay them at least the National Minimum Wage rate depending on their age and the year of Apprenticeship training they’re in.  

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either: 

  • Aged under 19 
  • Aged 19 or over in the first year of their apprenticeship 

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they are both: 

  • Aged 19 or over 
  • Have completed the first year of their apprenticeship. 

Benefits of an Apprenticeship for Employers

Teach the skills you need

Apprenticeships allow you to train and shape your workforce according to your specific needs. 

Employee retention 

Apprentices often become loyal and committed employees after completing their programmes, reducing staff turnover rates. 

Contact us about Apprenticeships:

01227 811315

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