Apprenticeships combine practical on-the-job training while studying for qualifications.
Apprentices have the opportunity to:
- work alongside experienced staff
- gain job-specific skills
- earn a wage and get holiday pay
- get time for study related to their role (usually one day a week)
For employers, apprenticeships are a tried and tested way to recruit new staff, and re-train or improve the skills of existing staff.
Apprentices must be aged 16 or over and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification (GCSE's or equivalent degree level).
The Gov.uk website has lots of useful information about what it means to become an apprentice and what you can expect in terms of on-the-job training, study and pay.
Higher and degree apprenticeships are available at levels 4 to 7 and combine work with study and may include a work-based, academic or combined qualification or a professional qualification relevant to the industry.
Find out mjore about degree apprenticeships.
You can find out everything you need to know about employing an apprentice on the Gov.uk website, including pay and conditions, how to get funding and how to make an apprenticeship agreement.
In April 2017 the way the government funds apprenticeships in England is changing. Employers with an annual pay bill in excess of £3m will be required to contribute to an apprenticeship levy, and there will also be changes to the funding for apprenticeship training for smaller employers.
Find out more about the apprenticeship levy.
If you are a business in the north east Derbyshire area and would like free one-to-one support in recruiting an apprentice, including funding, please contact Emily Williams in the Economic Development team on 01246 345254.