Apprenticeships
Information for Employers

According to the National Apprenticeship Service over 100,000 employers in over 160,000 workplaces have benefited from having an apprentice. Apprentices can help your business to develop, improve profitability and motivate your workforce.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are work-based qualifications which have been designed by the industry for the industry.  They are nationally recognised and can be used by employers to train either existing or new staff.

One of the things which make our apprenticeship programmes unique are the extra skills we offer the apprentice.  All of our apprenticeship programmes include a legislative short course which is relevant to the industry they work in.  This could be a pesticide application certificate, abrasive wheels, tractor driving or one of our other short courses.

How do apprenticeships work?

The majority of the training your apprentices receive will be ‘on the job’ at your premises.  You are responsible for paying your apprentices’ wages (the current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice can be found here, but many employers choose to pay more with the average salary £170 a week).

Employment must be for at least 30 hours per week.

At times agreed between yourself and the apprentice, one of our team of assessors will visit to check on the apprentice’s practical skills and also give tasks to help with their development,  There may be a requirement for the apprentice to attend Hadlow College from time to time to learn specific elements, but this will be kept to a minimum. 

Is there any help with the costs of training?

If the apprentice is aged 16–18 years old, you will receive 100 per cent of the cost of the training; if they are 19+ years old, you will receive up to 50% with you, the employer, contributing the rest.

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