• Employer Guide to Apprenticeships

Taking on an apprentice

We’re delighted that you are considering taking on an apprentice as we believe Apprenticeships offer a range of benefits to organisations including improved productivity and staff retention.

Apprenticeships can help you develop existing and new employees at all stages of their careers. There are study routes for all ages, not just for 16 to 24 year olds, as qualifications are available at all levels from GCSE equivalent up to a degree.

When taking on an apprentice you should ensure that your apprentice is paid at least the required National Minimum Wage, that they work with experienced staff, learn job-specific skills and study for a work based qualification with a funded training provider such as All Trades Training – ATT.

The main steps for taking on an apprentice are:

Step 1: Selecting and working with training provider

The training provider you choose is vital to the success of the Apprenticeship. We therefore recommend that you select a reputable and approachable organisation, such as ATT, who are committed to providing you with excellent service.

Step 2: Selecting an Apprenticeship

Your chosen Apprenticeship framework or standard will cover all the requirements needed to successfully complete the Apprenticeship programme. As a funded training provider we will be able to assist you in choosing the most suitable framework for your apprentice.
We currently deliver a range of frameworks and standards in:

Step 3: Advertising your vacancy

When taking on a new apprentice it is important to generate applications from the best potential candidates. At ATT we assist all our clients in advertising their vacancies on our own distribution channels as well as the National Apprenticeship Service website. For best results we can also assist you in advertising your vacancy on other online job sites.

Step 4: Recruiting and selecting your apprentice

The next step would be to interview and select your apprentice. Once selected it’s important to note that you must sign an Apprenticeship agreement with your apprentice. This will include the length of the Apprenticeship, training they’ll undertake, working conditions and qualifications they will work towards. When working with us, we will assist you throughout this process.

Step 5: Supporting your new apprentice

To ensure taking on an apprentice provides optimum benefit to your organisation, it is important that your apprentice is supported throughout. We recommend that you provide a structured internal support approach for your apprentice, alongside the support we provide through learning and coaching.