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Look­ing to hire an Apprentice?

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.

Government Incentives

  • Employ­ers can receive a £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. 
  • Pay­ments will be made in two instal­ments, 50% when the appren­tice has been in learn­ing for 90 days and the final 50% at 365 days. 
  • To enable you to claim the incen­tive you have to reserve fund­ing on The Appren­tice­ship Ser­vice account upfront.
  • Grants will be processed through the Appren­tice­ship Service. 
  • There is no lim­it on the num­ber of incen­tive pay­ments that can be claimed for new appren­tices (appren­tices must meet eli­gi­bil­i­ty criteria).

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?

  • Employers can receive a £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.
  • Payments will be made in two instalments, 50% when the apprentice has been in learning for 90 days and the final 50% at 365 days.
  • To enable you to claim the incentive you have to reserve funding on The Apprenticeship Service account upfront.
  • Grants will be processed through the Apprenticeship Service.
  • There is no limit on the number of incentive payments that can be claimed for new apprentices (apprentices must meet eligibility criteria).

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 £4.81 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.

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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