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Looking to hire an Apprentice?

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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.

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 here.

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