Why Hire An Apprentice?
Employing an apprentice is a fantastic way to bring fresh ideas and diverse skill-sets to both large and small businesses. Many companies that have gone down the apprenticeship route have seen huge benefits, with many employers continuing to hire apprentices each year. If you are still unsure that this is the best route for you, just take a look at some of the ways an apprentice can help your business below:
Did You Know?
- Your business can receive a Government Grant of £1000 if you employ an apprentice aged 16-18yrs.
- 92% of employers believe apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied work force.
- A study found that apprentices improve staff morale by 71%.
- 80% of employers feel that apprenticeships reduce staff turnover.
- 83% of employers rely on the apprenticeship programme to provide the skilled workers they need for the future.
- 76% of employers say that apprenticeships provide higher overall productivity.
360 Apprenticeships offer a free service to all employers and training providers looking for the right apprentice. As we work closely with both apprentices and employers it means that we can find the perfect match for both parties. We also offer up to date information and guidance on grants, pay requirements and different apprenticeship models. Everyone at 360 Apprenticeships work hard to find the right apprentice(s) for your business, with an average turnaround of 2 weeks. To deliver the training we work in partnership with Grade 1 and 2 Ofsted providers who work closely with each apprentice via face to face and virtual training.
How to hire an apprentice with us
To understand what you are looking for, we first discuss the needs of your business to understand which apprenticeship role would be most beneficial; this helps us to know what attributes the ideal candidate needs to be successful.
When it comes to searching for candidates, we may require a short job description that we can use to place onto professional job boards.
In short, an apprenticeship is a combination of on the job training and work-based learning with support from the specialist training provider. Apprenticeship qualification range from Level 2 and above, with the national average being Level 3.
You will need Employer Liability Insurance before you consider hiring an apprentice. Once hired you will then need produce a contract of employment stating rate of pay, hours, terms and conditions etc.
The current national minimum wage for an apprentice is £4.30 per hour, depending on you as the employer this can be higher. Many employers do increase rat of pay after 3 – 6 months as as a probational period. Once the apprentice has completed 12 months of their qualification, they must be paid the national minimum wage for their age.
Yes, employers are required to pay apprentices on apprenticeship training days. As apprenticeships are now completed in the workplace, they do not require the learner to take time away from the workplace.
To be able to hire an apprentice, they must be contracted to work between 30 – 40 hours a week. They must also have an allocated lunch break (this can be 30 min – 1 hour).
You must offer apprentices the same conditions as other employees in similar roles including holiday entitlement, sick pay, and other benefits you offer (for example. childcare vouchers, mentoring etc.). Apprentices are entitled to 20 – 28 days including bank holidays.
All of our services here at 360 Apprenticeships are completely free for both candidates and employers. However, if you do hire one of our candidates but decide to place them with another training provider that we do not provide (e.g. college), you will be required to pay a recruitment fee.
Depending on the vacancy, the recruitment stage can take from two to six weeks. Yet we work quickly to make sure we find the right apprentice for you as soon as possible. If you are needing an apprentice to start as soon as possible, we will ensure that your vacancy is our priority.
This is not a mandatory but after your apprentice has completed their apprenticeship, you can offer them a full time position.
Employers are not required to pay National Insurance Contributions for apprentices under the age of 25 on earnings below £43,000 a year. As of May 2017 the Government made incentives (below) available to employers who take on an apprentice.
- Employers and training providers receive a £1000 grant each when they employ and train a 16 – 18 year old.
- Employers and training providers receive a £1000 grant each when they train a 19-24 year old who has a Local Authority Education, Health and Care Plan or has previously been in care.
- Employers with less than 50 employees that hire a 16-18 year old apprentice do not need to contribute towards the cost of training as the government will finance 100% of these costs.
To ensure that we gather the right candidates, we write the job description in a way that can entice potential apprentices. We also advertise each role on social media, ensuring that we spread the word of your role as much as possible. Through this we acquire a high volume of applicants that we shortlist to find apprentices with excellent potential.
Once we have a good selection of CVs we forward the candidates information straight to you. From here you decide who you would like to see, then we will arrange the interview and ensure that they are well prepared.
After the interviews have finished but you feel that none of the candidates were right, 360 apprenticeships will continue to look until the right apprentice comes your way. If you are unsure or would like to see how they would fit into your business, you can offer the candidate to come in for a trial; this can be from 1 day to 1 week depending on your availability.
Once you have your successful candidate we will then advise and select the most suitable premier graded training providers, who will then train your apprentice in the chosen sector. When we have partnered the apprentice with the right training provider, they will guide them through the apprenticeship until completion. They will also be there for you to answer any questions and offer advice regarding the apprentices training. Yet through the course of the apprenticeship we will still be available to offer support and advise as best we can.