Employing an Apprentice

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job with an accredited apprenticeship standard alongside. Taking on an apprentice can be a great way to bring new talent into your workplace or upskill your existing staff.

How does it work?

  • Your apprentice will be employed like any other member of staff and is usually employed for at least 30 hours per week.
  • You will need to allow your apprentice around 20% of their working hours to complete their ‘off the job’ training. They may attend a college or training centre to complete this, or the provider may be able to deliver the training at your workplace.
  • The ‘off the job’ training and qualification side of the apprenticeship will be delivered by an approved apprenticeship provider who will support you in setting up the apprenticeship and making it work for your business.

What is the minimum wage for an apprentice?

The minimum wage for an apprentice aged 16-18 or in their first year is £4.30 per hour.

After the first year, apprentices aged 19 or over are paid the National Minimum Wage for their age bracket.

What is the cost/what funding is available?

  • You will need to pay your apprentice’s wage, but you may not have to pay anything else towards the apprenticeship.
  • If your company has less than 50 employees, the government will fully fund the apprenticeship training if the apprentice is 16-18 (up to 24 if they have an EHCP or are a care leaver).
  • If your company pays into the apprenticeship levy you will use these funds to pay for the apprenticeship training.
  • If you have more than 50 employees, but don’t pay the apprenticeship levy, the government will fund 95% of the training costs. However, if you are a Kent employer you may be able to access KCC’s levy funds. To access the levy you will need to meet a set criteria, please contact us for further information on this.
  • Depending on the circumstances of the apprenticeship, you may be entitled to incentive payments from the government.

What do I need to do now?

  • If you are interested in offering an apprenticeship, the first thing you need to do is decide which apprenticeship standard is most appropriate for the role. We can help with this, or you can search for them on the Institute for Apprenticeships website
  • The next step is to find a training provider that can deliver the training. We can also help with this or you can search for them on the GOV.UK website.
  • Once you have found a suitable provider, they will support you with the rest of the process.

How to get in touch with us

If you would like to discuss taking on an apprentice, please feel free to get in touch with us.

You can email us at ApprenticeKent@theeducationpeople.org.

You can also book a call with an Engagement Officer here.