An apprentice is aged 16 or over and combines working with studying to gain skills and knowledge in a specific job. These cover a range of levels from GCSE equivalent Level 2 through to Higher Level degree apprenticeships, and the duration can range from 12-24 months at GCSE and A Level equivalent, up to 4 years (if higher degree level). Apprentices are paid a wage by their employer and need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week (inclusive of any classroom study time), although additional funding support may be available to the employer.
There may be two delivery options, depending on the apprenticeship standard and the training provider's programme:
- Work-Based: Assessment and training is completed entirely in the apprentice's workplace, unless they are studying English, Maths and / or ICT Functional Skills alongside their qualification and which may require college or training provider on-site training
- Day Release: Assessment and training is combined between both the apprentice's workplace and the college or training provider's classroom delivery. Traditionally one day per week is spent with the training provider, and three or four days per week with the employer.
Apprentices can be new recruits or a way to develop current employees, more information can be found through https://www.gov.uk/take-on-an-apprentice
There are many benefits that recruiting an apprentice can bring to an organisation, find out how they may benefit you at:
These are a great way to support and develop young people aged between 16-24 (or aged 25 with an Education and Health Care Plan) through your business. These are courses tailored for unemployed people, or those with little or no work experience, that can last between 6 weeks and 6 months and include a work placement element. A traineeship differs from an apprenticeship in that the student is not paid (although expenses can be reimbursed or covered).
To find out more about traineeships, including the benefits and links to a list of traineeship providers, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/traineeship-information-for-employers