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Apprentices usually work at least 30 hours a week and must be paid at least the appropriate National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice (which varies according to their age).

Most apprenticeships are delivered as partnerships between employers and training organisations and have a set structure and course content, which usually takes between one and four years to complete. There are around 200 different types of apprenticeships on offer covering areas such as business, administration, agriculture, construction, health, retail and much more. For a full list, please click here.  A new Apprenticeship Levy is being introduced this spring (2017). Some employers will be required to contribute to a new Apprenticeship Levy, and there will be changes to the funding for apprenticeship training for all employers for more information please click here.

There are a variety of business benefits relating to taking on an apprentice:

  • Business owners usually employ an apprentice to improve the skills available within their firm.
  • It has been reported that the average person completing their apprenticeship increases business productivity by over £200 a week.
  • Employers that offer apprenticeships report that they help with the longer-term development of the business.
  • Apprentices can help your business prepare for the future.

Employers intending to take on an apprentice can advertise their vacancy free of charge on the National Apprenticeship Service’s apprenticeship vacancies website, which will enable them to reach over half a million potential apprentices who are searching for a vacancy.

The apprenticeships journey for small businesses – click here

The apprenticeship journey for apprentices – click here

Some suggested questions businesses could use when selecting a training provider to work with – click here

The University of Essex is proud to announce a new apprenticeship scheme that brings together the best of vocational and higher education. Supported by Essex Workforce Partnership and Health Education East of England,  The School of Health and Human Sciences is offering a Higher Apprenticeship for Assistant Practitioners. Higher apprentices at the University of Essex will complete their apprenticeship with a foundation degree but also with the reassurance that they have completed training that has met a nationally recognised “professional” standard, enabling them to work with confidence and increased autonomy.

Employer guide to apprenticeships

This guide gives employers the information and benefits of recruiting apprentices to their business. It also provides hints and tips on how to realise the benefits that apprenticeships deliver, how to measure the success of your apprenticeship programme, and some inspiring stories from employers.

The benefits of apprenticeships are becoming increasingly obvious to more and more businesses. It’s a fact that apprenticeships develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. Businesses that offer apprenticeships view them as beneficial to their long-term development.

To find out more on becoming an apprenticeship employer please complete the enquiry form or call 08000 150 600.

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