If your business needs boosting and you’re looking for some extra team players, then taking on an apprentice could be the perfect solution for you.
Apprentices were once linked to trade occupations but that’s long since changed. Modern apprentices can be found in open plan offices and digital departments as well as workshops, bringing valuable, industry standard expertise to every sector.
If you’ve ever wondered about taking on an apprentice, we explain how you can.
Depending on the size of your company, funding could be available to cover most, if not all, of the cost of training. In businesses with fewer than 50 employees, apprentices aged 16-18 are eligible for 100% funding – so you won’t pay a penny! Apprentices aged 19+, or 16+ in a company with more than 50 employees, are eligible for 95% funding.
The apprenticeship levy is a tax on UK employers with an annual wage bill over £3 million or more each year. It is used to fund apprenticeships, support business productivity and grow quality vocational training and employment.
The levy can be spent on a number of elements related to apprenticeships excluding travel costs, management costs, required licenses, wages or the cost of setting up the apprenticeship.
If you’re a large employer that hasn’t been able to use up your apprenticeship contributions, then levy gifting could be the solution for you. Instead of simply returning unused funds to the government, you could ‘gift’ up to 25 per cent of your funding to help smaller businesses train their workforce through apprenticeships. Levy gifting can help you form relationships with other organisations, build your reputation as a caring brand and support your CSR agenda.
It’s a great way to develop the next generation of industry leaders, according to our latest levy gifting partner, SPIE UK.
If you’re an SME and have fewer than 50 employees, you’ll be eligible for 100% funding for individuals aged 16-18. Our dedicated Levy Gifting team do all the hard work for you and can help you to access the right funding for your workforce while guiding you every step of the way.
Apprenticeships are often thought of as a way to bring new members into your business. You can train them in the specific vocational skills they will need to be successful in your organisation without any additional costs to your business.
Anyone over the age of 16 and not in full time education can become an apprentice, and there is no upper age limit on apprenticeships. Our Recruitment and Engagement Team are on hand to connect you with a pool of talented learners and find you your ideal candidate.
Read more about the recruitment process and our blog - Everything you need to know about apprentice recruitment.
Our dedicated Recruitment and Engagement team are available to help you every step of the way. We provide apprenticeship training in over 30 sectors and with years of apprenticeship experience, we can help you find your ideal apprenticeship.
Find out more about how we can help by calling our team of friendly experts on 03333 222 666.