Why Employ an Apprentice?

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a work based learning programme, through this programme you can train both your existing staff and any new employees that you are thinking of recruiting. An apprentice trains doing a job whilst also gaining recognised qualifications, essential skills and a wage.

What is the cost of an apprentice? / Is funding available?

The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £3.50 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over that are in their first year.
The training in the apprenticeship programme is either fully or partially funded:
- 16–18 years old : training 100% funded
- 19–24 : partially/fully funded (depending on the sector)
- 24+ : Available subject to eligibility

You may get a £1,500 apprenticeship grant if:
- you have less than 50 employees
- your apprentice is aged 16 to 24

Why choose Alliance Learning?

Throughout the Apprenticeship you will be supported and guided by a member of our staff at Alliance Learning. We will work with you to:
- Recruit an apprentice or support your existing staff onto the Apprenticeship scheme
- Find you the right apprentice from our comprehensive database of students; all you have to do is interview them – saving you time and money
- Plan and design training programmes to meet your needs and the individuals
- Provide training to support the learning which is taking place in the workplace
- Monitor the apprentices’ progress and provide help and support
- Ensure national quality standards

Benefits of Apprentices

Apprenticeships allow you to invest in your business’s future. By taking on an apprentice you could develop specialist skills for your business that allow you to keep ahead of new technologies and competitors and this results in:
- Better trained employees with the right skills
- Motivated and loyal workers
- Helps you to manage and develop staff
- Keep your competitive advantage

Employer Responsibilities

- You must give your apprentices an introduction to their role and provide on the job training
- You must work with us to identify how the programme can best meet the needs of your apprentices and the business
- You must ensure learners gather the practical work-based experience to enable them to gain the evidence for their portfolios and to ensure that there is an adequate link between on and off the job provision training
- You are responsible for the wages of your apprentices (£3.40 per hour)
- You must be available every 6-8 weeks to review the learners’ progress
- You must provide a safe working environment complying with current health and safety legislation
- Allow your apprentices to attend off the job training (day release) at our centre. If you feel this would be issue, please discuss this with a member of our Apprenticeship Team who will endeavour to meet your needs.

Can my current staff do an apprenticeship?

Yes, if you would like to up skill your current workforce, this can be done. Existing staff with job roles that match the target Apprenticeship Framework can undertake an Apprenticeship programme. All that is needed is for the employee and employer to sign up to the Apprenticeship programme with us. If you would like more information on this, call our team on 01204 677888.

What happens next?

If you would like more information about how to take on an apprentice or how to access Apprenticeship training in the Greater Manchester area, please contact our Recruitment Team on 01204 677888 or email info@alliancelearning.com.