Drive down your recruitment and training costs with our free apprentice recruitment service.

If you have a role to fill in your organisation, an apprentice may be the perfect answer. Apprenticeships can help tackle skill gaps and offer a great mix of on-the-job training and academic-based learning to ensure your new recruits have the skills and experience that are right for your business.

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&A
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.

Are there different levels of apprenticeship?

There are different levels of apprenticeship:

  • Intermediate apprenticeship Level 2 - apprentices gain the equivalent of five GCSEs at grades A-C
  • Advanced apprenticeship Level 3 - apprentices gain the equivalent of two A-Levels.
  • Higher apprentices Level 4-5 – apprentices gain the equivalent of a qualification such as a Foundation Degree.
  • Degree-level apprenticeship Levels 6-7 – apprentices gain a degree-level qualification, helping to build
  • the high-level technical skills needed for the jobs of the future
How 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 can an apprenticeship benefit my business?

Did you know, more and more employers are discovering the benefits of employing apprentices?

You might be one of the many companies out there to discover that embracing apprenticeships could be one of the best things you do.

Apprentices can help tackle skill gaps, injecting new talent and fresh ideas into your business to support its future growth and success.

Many apprentices become highly qualified and can go on to rise through the ranks to management level. They can be a real asset to your company. Apprenticeships offer a great mix of on-the-job training and academic-based learning to ensure candidates have the skills and experience that are right for your business.

What’s more, an apprentice doesn’t have to be newly recruited because apprenticeships are also a fantastic way to develop and up-skill existing members of staff.

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.

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