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.
For businesses interested in funding, please visit the Business East Hants website.
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|
The National Careers Service has advice on writing applications and what to do at interviews.
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.
Sometimes the hardest part of starting a career is getting relevant work experience so you can get into employment. The EHDC scheme is a great way to get experience and be paid at the same time.