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Employ A New Apprentice

Employing an apprentice for your business can be a fantastic strategic decision and SSG Training can be on hand to support the process and make life as simple as possible for you.

As an approved training provider on the Register of Approved Training Providers (RoATP) SSG can support both Levy and Non Levy paying businesses (please see our Apprenticeship Levy guidance for more information)

At SSG we specialise in the follow apprenticeship areas:

  • Activity Leadership
  • PE & School Sport
  • Personal Trainer
  • Business administration
  • Customer Service
  • Team Leadership
  • Management

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a nationally recognised training programme where you get the opportunity to work directly for an employer earning a salary and achieving your qualifications whilst at the same time gaining valuable work skills and experience as well as developing a network of professional relationships.

If you are over the age of 16 and eligible to work in England you can apply to be an apprentice so, is an ideal route for school leavers seeking a more direct route into employment as well as young people that are seeking a change of career?

Apprenticeships can last between 1 and 4 years and this is dependent on the level of the qualification you choose to study as well as the industry sector and they requirements from your employer.

What are the Benefits?

  • Staff Retention
  • Start new apprentices on a lower training wage whilst they train
  • Specific skills for staff relating to your business
  • Improved productivity
  • Government funding to pay for the cost
  • Avoid skills shortages
  • Contingency planning within your workforce

What Are The Costs?

As a business you can access funding for 16-18 year olds to cover the cost of the training so there is no cost to you as an employer. (Levy Paying Organisations can utilise funds within their digital account)

You will then commit to pay your apprentice whatever salary you choose – the minimum wage for an apprentice is now £3.50 however we encourage you to pay as much as you feel appropriate to generate the best possible applicants for your position.

Setting Up Your Apprenticeship Scheme

A member of our apprenticeship team will work closely with you to guide you through the key steps required to set up your apprenticeship vacancy:

  • Complete an apprenticeship job description
  • Identify the most appropriate framework of learning or standard to best fit your business needs
  • Complete health and safety checks
  • Advertise your apprenticeship
  • Select your candidate

How Do I Find An Apprentice?

We can support you in advertising your apprenticeship vacancy via the national apprenticeship website and it is also a requirement that this is done. You can also advertise the vacancy yourselves via your own website, social media and other platforms that may be available.

SSG Training will manage your applications in line with an agreed timeline and provide you with weekly updates in relation to the progress of your vacancy.

We are also able to provide support in interview and screening processes should you require it.

How Does The Training Work?

SSG Training will appoint a Tutor Assessor to each apprentice that you have working in your business. The assessors job is to identify the most effective and streamlined method for your apprentice to be able to complete their learning in line with the job that they are doing in the business.

The assessor will work closely with your apprentice and be in contact on a weekly basis as well as conduct more formalized employer and apprentice reviews on an 8 weekly basis.

The apprentice will complete their apprenticeship work on site at your business with our assessor visiting to support learning where required.

Are Apprentices Employees?

Apprentices are employees, with the same rights as any other employee. They must be employed for at least 30 hours per week to be an apprentice.

Government are desperately trying to make it easier and more attractive for you to employ apprentices so, from April 2016, you won’t have to pay National Insurance contributions for apprentices under the age of 25.

There will also an extra incentive payment of £1000 if you employ a 16-18 year old apprentice.

You can employ apprentices on fixed term contracts coterminous with the duration of their apprenticeship programme if you wish. Equally you can employ them on permanent contracts like most of your other employees. It’s your decision.

What commitments do I have as an Employer?

As an apprentice employer there is a small number of things that you’re required to do:

  • Employ your apprentices for at least 30 hours a week and give them real work to do
  • Pay them at least the apprenticeship minimum wage
  • Provide the apprentice with an Apprenticeship Agreement to confirm details regarding their Apprenticeship
  • Allow them time away from their mainstream duties to complete their off the job training and assessment

Beyond those requirements, there are lots of things that you can do to make your apprenticeship programme work well and really stand out in the marketplace.

You might think about how you create unique learning experiences for your apprentices through buddying arrangements, group projects, shadowing senior managers or working in the local community.

We’d always encourage you to think about what you’re doing in other areas that could easily form part of your apprenticeship offer.

Getting Started:

To get your apprenticeship provision up and running and for more advice please contact us and a member of our team would be delighted to visit you at your work place.