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Apprentice Employers' Frequently Asked Questions

By: Emma Jones - Updated: 12 Sep 2015 | comments*Discuss
 
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As an employer, you may be unsure whether taking on an apprentice is right for your business. Here are some frequently asked questions to help you decide.

What Is An Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a vocational course that allows people to combine on the job training with gaining a qualification. Apprentices work as an employee but are also given practical training, work towards an NVQ qualification and are encouraged to improve their key skills. There is no set time limit but most apprentices take 2 to 3 years.

What Is An NVQ?

An NVQ is a National Vocational qualification. There are two types that apprentices can work towards. An NVQ2 is equivalent to 5 good GCSEs and an NVQ3 is equivalent to 2 A levels.

Will I Need To Give Them Time Off To Study?

As an employer you will need to have a certain amount of flexibility so that your apprentice can study for their NVQ. You may allow them day release to go to college or they may be able to arrange evening classes.

What Are Key Skills?

Key skills are areas which are important to working well in education, business and can be applied to everyday life. They include skills such as communication, team work and time management. Studying the main Key Skills involves any, some or all of the following: Communication, Applications of Number and IT. Entry level 2 of these Key Skills is equivalent to a GCSE.

How Could An Apprentice Benefit My Business?

An apprentice can be of great benefit to your business. They are a good way to fill skills shortages in your company, can bring in fresh, new skills, increase productivity and help to motivate the rest of your staff.

How Much Will I Have To Pay Out?

The only payments that you will have to make is directly to the apprentice as if they were a normal employee. The basic rate is £95 a week but you can choose to pay more inline with industry standards. You will also need to give the apprentice holidays and other benefits.

Will I Get Help With Training?

There is plenty of help available to set up your training plan. There are specific training providers who can take it on or show you how to do it.

Will I Receive Funding?

As an employer you receive funding from the Learning and Skills Council throughout the duration of the apprenticeship. 25% of the funds are given when the apprentice completes their apprenticeship.

What Are My Responsibilities?

Your responsibilities as an employer are to give your apprentice on the job training, pay them, and treat them fairly like you would any other employee.

How Is An Apprentice Assessed?An apprentice’s NVQ will be assessed separately but as an employer you will be monitoring their progress at work and for their key skills. The apprentice will need to present a portfolio of evidence showing the work they have done and how they have met key requirements.

How Can I Find An Apprentice?You may want to find an apprentice through the jobcentre or central office or advertise locally. For more advice about how to do it call 08000 150 600.

An apprentice can be a great asset to your business but it is important that you are clear about what you are committing to before taking one on.

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My son has just been given an apprenticeship, however I've just found out we would loose benefits I receive for him, this would effect us so badly We would not be able to live in our home - we rent. Is there any way around this?
Evie - 12-Sep-15 @ 2:33 PM
Joanne Hutton - Your Question:
My son is on a plastering apprentiship. Some days due to the weather there is no work. He then does not get paid for that day. Is this correct? as I was under the impression that the help the employers get covered this.

Our Response:
You would have to call the National Apprenticeship helpine with regards to this query via the link here. I hope this helps.
AnApprenticeship - 17-Aug-15 @ 11:39 AM
My son is on a plastering apprentiship. Some days due to the weather there is no work. He then does not get paid for that day. Is this correct? as i was under the impression that the help the employers get covered this.
Joanne Hutton - 14-Aug-15 @ 3:33 PM
Apprentice123 - Your Question:
I'm doing an apprenticeship and my original hours was 9-5 now my supervisor changes my hours every week and now I work different hours everyday. For example I might work 7:30-3:30 one day and the 11-6:30 another day. Is this right?

Our Response:
If your contract says that your hours can vary, then yes, your employer is entitled to change your hours.
AnApprenticeship - 10-Aug-15 @ 10:43 AM
i'm doing an apprenticeship and my original hours was 9-5 now my supervisor changes my hours every week and now i work different hours everyday. For example i might work 7:30-3:30 one day and the 11-6:30 another day. Is this right?
Apprentice123 - 7-Aug-15 @ 12:45 PM
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