• Employer Guide to Apprenticeships

Employer guide to Apprenticeships

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future.

Hiring apprentices help businesses to develop a talented, motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. Apprenticeships are available to businesses of all sizes and sectors in England, and can last anything from 12 months to 4 years. They are linked to job roles or occupations, so we make sure that every Apprenticeship is relevant and appropriate both for the apprentice and your business.

There are three levels of Apprenticeships available:

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

(Level 2) – equivalent to five A*-C GCSEs.

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

(Level 3) – equivalent to two A Levels.

Higher Level Apprenticeship

(Level 4 and above) – equivalent to a HND, NHC, Foundation degree or degree.

The Business Benefits

Apprenticeships develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. Businesses that offer Apprenticeships view them as beneficial to their long term development. According to the British Chambers of Commerce, most employ an apprentice to improve the skills base within their business.

We offer all the support you'll need, we do everything we can to make taking on an apprentice as simple as possible. So as well as a possible £1,500 grant, our employer teams will be there to help you through the process.

Increased employee satisfaction

Increased employee satisfaction

88% of apprentice employers believe they lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce, leading to greater loyalty and quality.
Greater productivity

Greater productivity

81% of apprentice employers say they make their businesses more productive. The average Apprenticeship completer increases business productivity by £214 per week.
Reduced staff turnover

Reduced staff turnover

80% of employers feel that Apprenticeships reduce staff turnover.

What funding is available to an employer towards training costs?

The amount of funding available varies depending on the sector and the age of the apprentice at the start of the training:

  • 100 percent of the cost of Apprenticeship training if the apprentice is aged 16–18 years old.
  • An employer contribution towards the cost of training if the apprentice is aged 19 and over may be required.
  • The Government has announced an additional £60m to fund Higher Apprenticeships which would cover the cost of the Higher Apprenticeship training element.

Funding is directly paid to ATT, so there is no need to apply for funding, we will take care of it for you.

Clients are responsible for paying their apprentice(s) wages.

Three simple steps

ATT is on hand to guide you through the simple three-step process to hiring an apprentice.

  • Step 1
    Decide on your requirements with our team and drive recruitment through the free Find an Apprenticeship service.
  • Step 2
    Deliver the Apprenticeship, working with ATT to reduce the burden on your business.
  • Step 3
    Develop your apprentice and enter them into awards and competitions to put your business on the map.

There has never been a better time to employ an apprentice.

If you'd like to hire an apprentice or you would like to find out more please get in touch and we can discuss how to meet your business needs.