Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Apprenticeships are available to employers of all sizes and from all sectors and cover a wide range of occupations; they are a proven way to train your workforce and make your organisation more productive and competitive.
Benefits of apprenticeships
Research among businesses employing apprentices shows that:
- 92% believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce
- 80% feel that apprenticeships reduce staff turnover
- 77% think apprenticeships make them more competitive
- 76% say that apprentices provide higher overall productivity
Find out more about the benefits of recruiting an apprentice on the national apprenticeship service website.
Hambleton District Council operates a grant scheme that offers £2000 grant to small businesses if you employ a new of or additional apprentice.
Apprenticeships - when should an employer advertise an apprenticeship vacancy?
Students normally start to apply for apprenticeship opportunities at Easter through the National Apprenticeship Service:
Students leave school or college in July and have to be in employment or in education by September.
Colleges and Universities encourage students to apply for places around Christmas to ensure the students can then focus on their studies.
Ideally, to provide the apprentice with enough options to make a decision on their plans once they have left school or further education, employers should advertise roles at Christmas / Early New Year with an expected start date from July onwards.
On occasions, students go into Further Education and then make a decision to change onto an apprenticeship therefore there can be potential students looking for apprenticeships from Sept - December. Businesses struggle to recruit an apprentice from January - July as most leavers are at college or have secured employment.
Finding an apprentice
The employer section of the National Apprenticeship Service website explains what support is available to help you recruit an apprentice. You can also call 08000 150 600.
Government Financial assistance
For more information visit the national apprenticeship service website.
New National Insurance guide published
From April 2016 employers of apprentices under the age of 25 will no longer be required to pay secondary Class 1(employer) National Insurance contributions (NICs) on earnings up to to the Upper Earnings Limit (UEL). This is provided that the apprentice is under 25 and is following an approved apprenticeship programme. In order to apply for the National Insurance relief employers need to provide evidence to HMRC, such as a written agreement between the employer, the apprentice and the training provider confirming the apprentice is on an approved scheme and the start and end date of the apprenticeship
For further information about the guidance, go to the HMRC website.