Maler learner, apprentice

Because Apprenticeships are based in the workplace employers get the skills they really need. They are vital to the future success, not only of businesses across the country but also for a vibrant economy.

David Frost, Director General, British Chamber of Commerce

Here the top reasons to hire an apprentice as a business.

1. We help you find apprentices in your sector locally

We offer training in the following sectors in the South of the UK:

  • Business Skills • Accounting, Management, Customer Service, Team Leading
  • Early Years Care
  • Hairdressing, Barbering
  • Health and Social Care
  • Plumbing & Air Conditioning

2. Our free service for you – Save time and money

Whether you want to :

  • reduce staff turnover
  • improve and develop staff skills
  • or get an extra pair of hands.

Meet our highly specialised Business Manager, experienced in the training needs of your industry, who will discuss with you your company’s current practice and goals for the future. They will give you practical advice on how training and development can increase your productivity and help you to achieve your targets in a more efficient manner.

Once you have worked out your requirements for your apprentice, we do all the work and find the perfect candidate for you. In addition to direct contact from candidates, we add your apprenticeship vacancies on the Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching Service website (www.apprenticeships.org.uk).

You set the criteria for the job and watch the applications flow in. As they apply we will do a preliminary screening and send only the best candidates through to you for the interviewing process. This way you get the best candidate for your apprenticeship vacancy and it saves you time and money.

3. Develop a motivated and skilled workforce

An Apprenticeship is a way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future. Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. It is up to you how much you pay your apprentice, as long as it is over the National Minimum Wage of £3.50 per hour (April 2017).

4. Increase productivity and improve competitiveness

Over 130,000 workplaces offer apprentice places because they understand the benefits that apprentices bring to their business – increased productivity, improved competitiveness and a committed and competent work-force. Also, in a recent survey over 80% of employers believed hiring apprentices helped reduce staff turnover.

5. Several funding options for you and the Apprentice

We are able to access significant government funds to help pay the training costs of an apprenticeship. Although certain eligibility criteria apply, normally a 16-24 year old will attract most or all of the funding. For those not eligible for funding we will be able to supply a commercially competitive price or seek co-funding from the Skills Funding Agency.
Please ask your ATD Business Manager for the current government grants available or visit www.bis.gov.uk for more information.

Learner loans help learners aged 24 and over, studying at Level 3 and Level 4, to pay the fees charged by approved training organisations in England.
It’s easy to apply, household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no credit check. Learners won’t have to pay anything back until their income is over £21,000 a year. Once you earn over this amount you pay back 9% of the earnings you receive above this figure.

Also available is a 24+ Advanced Learning Loans Bursary Fund which can help the learner if any support is needed, for example if the learner needs help with learning, or help with childcare or residential costs.
Learners should apply as early as possible, and can change details of their application later if they need to.

National Careers Service are able to provide individuals with information and advice on learning, career and funding options, visit:
www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advancedlearningloans
For more information on the Incentive Grant, please click here.