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National Apprenticeships Week

WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP?
An Apprenticeship is a training programme designed to develop job-related skills, knowledge and competencies in a particular professional area.
Not just for young people, an Apprenticeship can be viewed as a development programme for the whole workforce, providing effective skills and training for members of staff who have not achieved a degree level qualification.
WHAT EMPLOYERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THEIR APPRENTICES…
“Training helps staff to keep up with new industry practices, improves production, reduces error rates and the need to monitor staff; we see it as investing in the future.”
“You get out what you put in. You must be prepared to support the individual in their training needs and to challenge them whilst building their confidence and skills base.”
“We have really benefited from having an apprentice – each week we see Paige develop further which enables us to give her ever more challenging tasks which is of real value to the business.”
ESSENTIAL INFORMATION
• To be eligible for an Apprenticeship programme, the Apprentice must be employed in an industry relevant to the Apprenticeship
• The minimum wage for Apprentices is £2.73* per hour, but the average wage is around £170 per week
• Training for Apprentices aged 16-18 is fully funded. For older Apprentices, employers are asked to contribute £800 towards the training costs
• A grant of £1500 is being made available to employers who employ their first apprentice aged 16-24**
• An Apprenticeship programme is tailored to deliver the skills and knowledge directly relevant to your business
• For most programmes, the Apprentice will attend college one day a week and will need your support and training in work
*details correct at time of going to print **subject to eligibility terms and conditions
GOVERNMENT GRANTS
You could be eligible for a government grant to employ an Apprentice in England. You must pay the Apprentice at least the minimum wage during their placement with you, as well as work with experienced staff, learn job-specific skills and study for a work-based qualification during their working week, e.g. at a college or training organisation.


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