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Taking on an apprentice allows you to grow your capacity by investing in people who want to learn. Your business benefits from the skills they develop as they train both on and off the job.
Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.
An apprentice will:
- work alongside experienced staff.
- gain job-specific skills.
- earn a wage and get holiday pay.
- study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week).
Levels of apprenticeship
An apprenticeship has an equivalent education level and can be:
- Intermediate - equivalent to 5 GCSE passes.
- Advanced - equivalent to 2 A level passes.
- Higher - can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree.
Employing an apprentice
There are several steps to taking on an apprentice.
- Find an organisation that offers training for the apprenticeship framework or standard you’ve chosen. You can find help here.
- Check what funding is available. You can find help here.
- Advertise your apprenticeship - your training organisation will do this for you through the find an apprenticeship service. You can find help here.
- Select your apprentice and make an apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement with them. You can find help here.
- You can use an apprenticeship training agency if you want to employ an apprentice without the responsibility for running the apprenticeship scheme. You can find help here.
Apprenticeships last between 1 and 5 years depending on the level the apprentice is studying.
Download the Employers Guide to hiring an apprentice.
Apprentice Hub West
City of Bristol College Apprenticeships
Weston College Apprenticeships
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College Apprenticeships
Gov.uk – help on identifying trainers
National Apprenticeship Service – enquiry form for more information.