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Apprenticeship myth busting

Thursday 24 March 2016 4.04pm

Dawn Haymonds, Business and Customer Service Lead, Hoople Training and EducationBy Dawn Haymonds, Business and Customer Service Lead,
Hoople Training and Education 

There’s been a lot of publicity lately about apprenticeships, which makes it surprising that many people still think of them as suitable only for school/college leavers and young people.

It’s fair to say too that in the past apprenticeships were mostly associated with trades such as motor mechanics, plumbing and hairdressing. The reality now is very different.

I was really pleased to do a bit of myth-busting when I spoke at the ‘Rising to the top’ event organised by the Marches Skills Provider Network as part of National Apprenticeship Week 2016 (14-18 March).

Myth 1: Apprenticeships are for young people

Busted – you can do an apprenticeship at any age

Myth 2: Apprenticeships are for new employees

Busted – you can support your existing workforce to undertake an apprenticeship programme at any stage in their working life

Myth 3: Apprenticeships are only available in ‘trades’ such as mechanics and hairdressing

Busted – although apprenticeships are still common in these areas, you can undertake an apprenticeship in around 1,500 job roles

Myth 4: Apprenticeships are bureaucratic and time-consuming to arrange

Busted – good providers like Hoople will handle the paperwork for you and find suitable candidates for your vacant role. They will continue to support both you and your apprentice throughout their employment with you.

Myth 5: Apprenticeships are expensive and a drain on my resources

Busted – for existing employees, you will continue to pay them their usual rate and any training associated with the apprenticeship will usually be full or part-funded by Government.

For newly employed apprentices, you will have to pay them the National Minimum Wage for Apprenticeships (currently £3.30 per hour) and employ them for 30 hours per week for a minimum of one year. But they will hopefully become a valued member of your team and a cost effective way of growing your workforce.

In addition, you may be eligible to receive a Government grant of £1,500 to support your apprenticeship programme.

What preconceptions do you have about apprenticeships?

Submit them below and we’d be happy to reply as to whether they’re myth or reality!

For further information about apprenticeships and your eligibility for Government grant funding, please contact us.

Dawn Haymonds, Business and Customer Service at Hoople

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