Employer FAQs

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a real job with training that enables an individual to earn while they learn, and gain nationally recognised qualifications.

Hiring an apprentice helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

How do Apprenticeships work?

Through hiring an apprentice a business will gain a competent employee who is rapidly able to offer skills and commitment. You, the employer, provide on-the-job training opportunities, while off-the-job training is delivered by CSL, as the Training Provider. We will design a training plan for the apprentice and manage regular reviews and assessments.

An apprentice must complete a minimum of 20% 'off-the-job" training, which is equivalent to one day per week, whilst spending four days per week working and training in the workplace.

Who can apply for an Apprenticeship?

Anyone can apply for an Apprenticeship if they are aged 16 or over, live and are eligible to work in England and not already engaged in full-time education.

Apprenticeships typically appeal to individuals who wish to:

  • Achieve nationally recognised qualifications through work-based learning
  • Further develop their existing career or change career
  • Work towards achieving a higher level apprenticeship or University study.

How much does it cost to hire an apprentice?

Employing an apprentice can be highly cost effective for businesses. Hiring an apprentice provides the opportunity to train enthusiastic new and existing staff while the government contributes towards the cost of the learning and training.

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:

  • aged under 19
  • aged 19 or over and in the first year of their Apprenticeship.

Example: An apprentice aged 22 in the first year of their Apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £3.50.

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:

  • are aged 19 or over
  • have completed the first year of their programme.

Example: An apprentice aged 22 who has completed the first year of their Apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £7.05.

Further information can be found at www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates