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National Apprenticeship Week 2021

Apprenticeships are a great way to ensure your business is future ready! This National Apprenticeship week (8th – 14th February) we are encouraging businesses to look to apprenticeships as a solution for recruitment, training and workforce development. Throughout the week we will be showcasing the extensive support package Nottingham College has put in place for businesses which may be struggling as a result of the ongoing Covid pandemic.

Are you an employer looking to employ an apprentice?

Apprenticeships offer huge value to businesses within all sectors, and we offer a range of apprenticeship training programmes to help businesses of all shapes and sizes and grants of up to £3k are available to support eligible businesses.

You name the vacancy, we’ll find the right person to fill it!

Our employer team work closely with businesses of all shapes and sizes to deliver a tailored solution that enables them grow, develop and become future ready.

For some businesses, the pandemic has put pause to their apprenticeship and workforce development plans over the last year and Nottingham College, together with several key partners, has implemented a range of initiatives to provide businesses with training opportunities and support to help them through.

We have lots of options that will suit your needs. You name the vacancy; we’ll find the right person to fill it!

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FAQs

How can an apprentice benefit my business?

  • Cost effective: a lower cost option to grow your business, ideal if you’re looking to moving into a new area of business but want to limit your financial risk.

  • Fresh ideas and creativity: apprentices bring lots of fresh ideas with them and can help you build your business for the future! For example, does your business want to improve its social media presence? An apprentice can help you excel in areas like this.
  • Funding and grants available: small to medium sized business may qualify for a grant and/or funding to help towards the cost of an Apprentice. Find out more about grants and funding here.
  • Grow your own talent: 90% of Apprentices stay in employment after completing their qualification, meaning you can develop your staff your way and help them have a long-term impact on your business.

Is there funding available to help with hiring an apprentice?

There are grants and funding options available for employers looking to hire apprentices. Our Employer services team can provide information and advice about funding and grants available for businesses to support them in apprenticeships.

How much do I need to pay an apprentice?

The national minimum wage for an apprentice is £4.30 per hour. This wage applies to apprentices aged 16-18 or those who are 19+ in their first year. All other apprentices should be paid at least the minimum wage.

How many hours can an apprentice work per week?

Apprentices should work for a minimum of 30 hours per week and a maximum of 40, however the working day should be no longer than 8 hours.

What apprenticeships do Nottingham College offer?

We currently offer apprenticeship courses in over 13 subject areas which cover many different sectors.

Can furloughed apprentices still undertake training?

A furloughed employee, including an apprentice, cannot work but can still undertake training. Luckily, we’ve launched an extensive range of CPD opportunities – short online courses in a whole range of areas, so that businesses can still provide training and development to their furloughed employees, readying them for a return to work, and to an environment that might be very different. Our short course options cover everything from customer service to health and safety and the full offer can be viewed here.

I am looking to undertake an apprenticeship; how do I find out more?

We advertise apprenticeship vacancies throughout the year and even during the Covid pandemic we have successfully placed over 900 apprentices. You can find our latest vacancies on our website. If you can’t find a vacancy to suit you still get in touch as we can offer further help and advice.

How do I find out more?

If you’re interested in hiring an apprentice or you have any further questions, please get in touch with us. We have a dedicated apprenticeship team who specialise in recruiting people with the skills you’re looking for. Call us on 0115 945 7260 or email business@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk.

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