Employing an apprentice

Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification. Apprentices can be new or current employees.

If you are a company with fewer than 250 employees and wish to take on either a new apprentice, OR upgrade an employee aged 16-24 to a full time apprenticeship role, you could benefit from a £1,500 funding grant per apprentice. There is also a CITB grant of £6,000 available for employers who currently pay into the levy scheme.

How much will it cost my business?

How much you pay an apprentice is entirely up to you, as it is for any of your other employees. However, the minimum you must pay them is defined by HM Revenue & Customs which as from October 2015 is as follows:

For apprentices aged under 19: £3.30 per hour

For apprentices aged 19 and over, but in the first year of their apprenticeship: £3.30 per hour

Once an apprentice is 21 or over and not in the first year of their apprenticeship then they are eligible for the adult national minimum wage.

For more information on this please visit https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

Why does my business need an apprentice?

96% of employers that take on an apprentice report benefits to their business.

72% of businesses report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice.

Other benefits reported by around two-thirds of employers include improved products or services, new ideas being introduced to the organisation, better morale among staff and more staff staying with the organisation.

Employer commitment

Employers are required:

  • To provide a safe working environment with the opportunity to develop skills by on the job training

  • To commit to supporting the apprentice in the work place

  • To release the apprentice to attend the nearest Floortrain Centre for off the job skills and knowledge training

  • To supervise the completion of workbooks, coursework and E-Learning tasks set by the tutor duting the course.

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