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Employing an apprentice - confusing?? - Forum

15/03/2018 10:12   Debbie

As a small business we don't even know where to start with an apprentice... also, not sure if we are entitled to the levy people are talking about. Thanks for the help

RE: Employing an apprentice - confusing??
15/03/2018 09:19   Course Adviser

Hi Debbie,

Thanks for getting in touch - you're definitely not alone in finding the process confusing. 

Despite all the seeming complexity, it's actually quite straightforward employing an apprentice. You can develop an existing member of staff or take on a new apprentice, depending on your needs. You must pay the apprentice at least the minimum wage.

The government site outlines the steps in detail, but as an overview you will need to:

  1. Choose an apprenticeships framework or standard that you want your apprentice to follow
  2. Connect with a training provider from the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers who can deliver the apprenticeship training
  3. Check what funding is available to you
  4. Advertise your apprenticeship (your training organisation will do this for you!)
  5. Make an apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement with your apprentice

The government is aware that smaller businesses need more support with initiatives such as apprentices and more help is likely on the way.

In the meantime, an easy first step would be to connect with an apprenticeship training provider in your industry and discuss the options available.

I hope this is helpful!

The team

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