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How does it work?

We can work with you to:

  • Help you decide which Apprenticeship is right for you
  • Explain the way that Apprenticeships might work for you and if funding is available
  • Recruit an apprentice or support your existing staff into Apprenticeships
  • Agree a training plan with your apprentice
  • Manage the training and evaluation
  • Ensure that national quality standards are met and deliver integrated, coherent training.

The important bits

There are a few things that you need to bear in mind when considering taking on an apprentice:

  • An apprentice must be employed by you for a minimum of 30 hours per week to complete the apprenticeship.
  • Most of the training is ‘on the job’ at your premises. The rest is delivered by us at College.
  • As with all employees, you are responsible for the apprentice’s wages and paying any tax and national insurance.
  • The length of an Apprenticeship varies depending upon the prior skills of the apprentice, the qualification being obtained and the industry sector. Generally, Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete. If you take on a 16-18 year old apprentice you only pay their salary – the government will fund their training, if you have less than 50 employees.  If you have more than 50 employees, or the apprentice is aged 19 or over, as well as paying their salary you will need to make a contribution towards the cost of their training (the government will part-fund their training).  If you are a Levy payer, you will pay the full cost of the Apprenticeship.
  • The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.50 per hour. Many employers prefer to pay more however, and research shows that the average salary is approximately £170 per week*. *Apprenticeship Pay Survey 2007

If you’d like to find out more about Apprenticeships, are thinking about recruiting an apprentice or offering an existing employee an Apprenticeship, contact us on 0800 328 3616 or email employerpartnerships@ccn.ac.uk

Alternatively register your interest using our online form.