Employer FAQs

How is an Apprenticeship different from a ‘Modern Apprenticeship’?

They are actually the same thing! Modern Apprenticeships were rebranded in 2004 to Apprenticeships.

Is there any funding available when taking on an Apprentice?

You may be entitled to additional funds from the Skills Finding Agency (SFA) to assist with the cost of training.

How many hours a week will my Apprentice work?

You will be required to offer your Apprentice a minimum of 30 hours per week. An Apprentice cannot work more than 40 hours per week.

How long does an Apprenticeship take?

There is no set length for Apprenticeships, the length of time depends upon the industry sector and the apprentices own skills and experience but will usually be no less than 12 months.

What evidence is there that hiring an Apprentice is good for my business?

The Learning and Skills Council recently surveyed businesses throughout the UK on benefits of hiring an apprentice (Populus, January 2009). Of those surveyed:

    • 81% said that employing apprentices generated higher overall productivity for their company.
    • 66% said that their Apprenticeship programme made them more competitive in their industry.
    • 92% said that their Apprenticeship programme better motivated staff and increased job satisfaction.
    • 74% said that apprentices tended to be more loyal, remaining at their company longer than non-apprentices.

How do I set up an Apprenticeship scheme for my business?

Please contact a member of our Work Based Learning team on 0161 870 7250 who will be able to talk you through the process and begin looking for Apprentices to fill your vacancies.

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Last Updated:

 Tuesday, 07 August 2018 17:40