Information for employers
Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification - from GCSEs or equivalent up to degree level.
Apprentices can be new or current employees.
You could get a grant or funding to employ an apprentice if you’re in England.
You must pay the apprentice at least the minimum wage during their placement with you.
Your apprentice must:
- Work with experienced staff
- Learn job-specific skills
- Study for a work-based qualification during their working week, eg at a college or training organisation.
Changes to how apprenticeships are funded come into effect from 1 April 2017.
- Apprenticeship reforms 2017 (pdf 930 kb)
Funding is available from East Hampshire District Council, working in partnership with Business East Hants, to subsidise wages and contribute towards transport and training for apprentices joining businesses in the East Hampshire district.
Businesses of all sizes are eligible for the scheme. In particular, we encourage applications from small and medium sized businesses.
- Get East Hants working initiative (external link)
Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.
As an apprentice you’ll:
- Work alongside experienced staff
- Gain job-specific skills
- Earn a wage
- Study towards a related qualification
Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.
Levels of apprenticeship
Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.
|Name||Level||Equivalent educational level|
|Intermediate||2||5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C|
|Advanced||3||2 A level passes|
|Higher||4, 5, 6 and 7||Foundation degree and above|
|Degree||6 and 7||Bachelor's or master's degree|
If you are on the EHDC Enterprise Apprenticeship scheme, you could earn £4 - £7.40 per hour (depending on age).
The national wage for an apprentice is £3.30 per hour.
Training and qualifications
Apprentices earn qualifications and will receive on-the-job training. Qualifications range from NVQ level 2 to full university degrees. The best part is that you won’t have a big debt at the end!
Apprenticeships are a great way to secure a job. Most employers offer permanent jobs on completion of training.