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Looking to hire an Apprentice?

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Want to know more?

If you’d like to find out more about apprenticeships or free training opportunities for your business, get in touch. We have a dedicated apprenticeship team who specialise in recruiting people with the skills you’re looking for.

Want to know more? Take a look at our FAQs below:

Why should I hire an apprentice?

There are lots of benefits to hiring an apprentice:

  • Cost effective: a lower cost option to grown 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, 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.

What government support can I receive?

The government have recently announced additional incentive payments available to employers when hiring apprentices between 1st August 2020 and 31st January 2021.

  • Introduction of a new payment of £2,000 to employers in England for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25, and a £1,500 payment for each new apprentice aged 25 and over.
  • This applies to apprentices recruited from 1st August 2020 to 31st January 2021 and the apprentice must be a new employee to the business. (Apprentices must not have been employed by the employer within 6 months prior to contract start date).
  • Payments will be in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the government already provides for 16-18 year-old apprentices, and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan.

To find put more about how your businesses can access these grants and what you're eligible for click here.

How long do apprenticeships last?

An apprenticeship will generally last between 12 and 18 months but this can vary depending on the individual.

How much do you have to pay an apprentice?

The national minimum wage for an apprentice is £4.15 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 30hrs per week and a maximum of 40, however the working day should be no longer than 8 hours.

Do you pay tax and NI on an apprentice?

If you employ an apprentice under the age of 25, you may not need to pay employer Class 1 National Insurance Contributions (NICs), on their earnings below £827 a week (£43,000 year).

What is the apprenticeship levy?

The apprenticeship levy is a UK tax which can be used to fund apprenticeship training. The amount you get depends on whether your business pays the levy- your business will pay the levy if you spend £3million or more on wages per year. Find out more about the levy.

Get in touch

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. Fill out our quick form below and one of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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