Employing a new apprentice
By recruiting a new apprentice to your business, you will have a great opportunity to nurture and develop the skills that you need and a cost-effective and efficient way to plan for the future.
Apprenticeships can be undertaken at any age - so you don't have to employ a school or college leaver.
The golden rules when employing a new apprentice
A new apprentice will bring lots of benefits to your business, but there are some responsibilities that come too:
- You will be required to offer at least 30 hours per week employment for a minimum of 12 months
- You must pay the apprentice at least the national minimum wage for apprentices. From April 2018, this is £3.70 per hour. This will increase to £3.90 per hour from April 2019
- You must support the apprentice to undertake the 'off-the-job' element of their apprenticeship. Regardless of whether your apprentice is following an Apprenticeship Standard or Framework, this must amount to 20% of their contracted hours of employment. It can include classroom learning, time for personal reflection, assignments and other activities. You will be expected to record details of how the off-the-job learning requirement has been fulfilled
- All non-Levy paying employers (with the exception of those who employ fewer than 50 staff and supporting an apprentice aged 16-18) will be expected to make a 10% contribution towards the apprentice's training costs
- Levy paying employers will have the full agreed cost of the apprentice's training deducted from their digital account, subject to sufficient funds being available
- You must supervise and facilitate the apprentice's learning in the workplace and provide a safe and healthy work environment, including ensuring adequate measures are in place for safeguarding