We offer a free recruitment service for employers looking to recruit an apprentice to make recruiting an apprentice an easy option. A dedicated consultant is your partner throughout the process and the will:
- Meet with you to discuss the vacancy you want to advertise, see what the role involves and identify a suitable apprenticeship framework.
- Create a job description so you’re clear on the duties you’ll be looking for an apprentice to carry out and what skills and training they ideally require.
- Write a job advert and promote your vacancy on the National Apprenticeship Service website, using our own website and social media channels and other carefully selected marketing channels.
- Search our database of people that we’re currently working with or have expressed an interest in doing an apprenticeship, to identify if any match your criteria
- Pre-interview suitable candidates who apply and submit suitable candidate CVs to you.
- Arrange your interviews with the candidates that make your short-list and follow up with you once the interviews have taken place.
Once you’ve recruited your apprentice, your dedicated trainer will meet with you to tailor and kick-start the apprenticeship training programme. The training we offer gives apprentices the skills and experience relevant to their career choice with you. It also covers skills such as teamwork, communication and problem solving.
Q&AHow does the apprenticeship levy affect my business?
Companies with a wage bill of more than £3 million are required to pay the apprenticeship levy, and some larger SMEs fall into this bracket.
So, what is the apprenticeship levy? It's a payment collected from large employers in the public and private sector and is paid to the HMRC via PAYE returns. Its purpose is to encourage employers to invest in apprenticeship programmes; recruiting new apprentices and boosting the skills of their existing workforce.
Looking to fund apprenticeship training? The apprenticeship levy paid by companies can be accessed by those same businesses to fund apprenticeship training within their company.
So, how much is the apprenticeship levy? The levy threshold is calculated by size of payroll. It’s 0.5% of a company’s payroll, with every employer receiving an allowance of £15,000 to offset against the amount they owe.
Businesses have been subject to the levy payment since April 2017 and it is payable each month.How long does it take to complete an apprenticeship?
How long an apprenticeship takes to complete depends on the level of the apprenticeship, the ability of the apprentice and the industry sector. An intermediate Level 2 apprenticeship usually takes 12 to 18 months to complete, whereas an advanced Level 3 takes around 24 months.
Most intermediate apprenticeships (Level 2) take between 12-18 months to complete. Advanced apprenticeships (Level 3) usually take between 18-24 months and higher apprenticeships can take 2-4 years to complete.Are there any changes to apprenticeships?
Yes! In 2014, the Government published the first new apprenticeship standards, which are replacing apprenticeship frameworks. These have been designed by employers for employers and they ensure that apprenticeships are even better placed to boost businesses’ success.
There are also changes to funding that are currently being introduced, including the new apprenticeship levy.
We can talk you through the changes so that you can understand how they apply to your business.What are my responsibilities?
As an employer, you’ll need to:
- Employ an apprentice for a minimum of 30 hours a week.
- Pay at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for apprentices (for those under 19 or in their first year of an apprenticeship). The NMW rate that applies to the age of the apprentice applies thereafter.
- Induct the apprentice and support their on-the-job learning.
- Be involved in reviewing progress with the training provider.
Apprentices are entitled to the same benefits as everyone else in the workplace, such as sick pay entitlement, at least 20 days paid holiday a year, pension and statutory maternity/paternity leave.How do I recruit an apprentice?
By now you’re probably wondering how you go about recruiting an apprentice.
YH Training can sit down with you to discuss your options and the necessary next steps. We’ll help you decide what types of apprenticeship would work for your business and develop training to suit your needs.
We will then be able to assist you in recruiting a suitable apprentice.
Not only are apprenticeships are suitable for new recruits, but they can also be used to up-skill existing staff.Read More Q&A