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Employing an Apprentice

Apprentices could make a valuable contribution to your business by enabling you to recruit and train new employees, or upskill existing employees. Apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain their job-specific skills and qualifications.

Lots of Shropshire businesses, big and small, invest in apprenticeships. Why? Because they understand that a skilled workforce can help them remain competitive and essentially play a role in driving profits up. Apprenticeships make business more effective, efficient and productive by addressing any skills gaps directly and enhancing the skills already held.

Alternatively, if you aren't currently recruiting new staff but already employ someone aged 16-18, then your business can still take advantage of the funding available to train your existing staff.

FAQ's for Employers

How long do apprenticeships take?

A level 2 apprenticeship takes approximately 12 months to complete, while a level 3 apprenticeship can take up to 15 months.

How do apprenticeships work?

Apprenticeships comprise a mixture of on- and off-the-job learning. We offer apprenticeships to anyone aged 16 or above, subject to eligibility.

Some time away from the workplace will be required depending on the occupational area and the individual. This will be established through an initial assessment.

Who can do an apprenticeship?

Staff aged 16 or above, whether they are new recruits or existing employees, can take advantage of this free training, as long as they don't have a degree.

What's included in an apprenticeship framework?

An apprenticeship framework includes:

  • national vocational qualification (NVQ) - evidence is collected on a daily basis as part of a candidate’s normal working routine
  • functional skills – providing transferable work-related skills including ICT, English and maths
  • technical certificates – vocationally-related qualifications that support the theory behind the practical learning of the NVQ. They assess occupational knowledge and understanding

One of our assessors will visit the candidate in the workplace once every three to four weeks, and spend approximately one to two hours with the candidate. Action plans are discussed and agreed at every visit, and performance is reviewed every ten weeks throughout the qualification.

How do I recruit an apprentice?

We make taking on an apprentice easy. We offer a free expert support service for employers to guide you through the whole process. We provide ‘apprenticeship vacancies’, a free online recruitment tool that matches potential apprentices with your vacancies, and we have a dedicated business support team who'll assist you through the apprenticeships process from first enquiry to completion.

What are the benefits to my business of employing an apprentice?

Research has highlighted that employers offer apprenticeship places because they value the benefits that apprentices bring to their business. These include:

  • Improved productivity
    Apprenticeships equip staff with the skills and knowledge to work within their particular roles more efficiently. As your staff become more motivated, they work harder and more effectively for your business.
  • Motivated people
    As a result of their apprenticeship, staff become more motivated and are keen to learn. This enthusiasm can also invigorate other staff members. By offering apprenticeships, recruiting and retaining the right people for your organisation will become easier.
  • Relevant training
    Apprenticeships are designed by businesses in your sector to meet the needs of your industry. This means the training is always relevant, and tailored to the needs of your sector by people who genuinely understand what you do.
  • Avoid skills shortages
    The apprenticeship programme can identify your team’s training requirements and structure your staff’s development. This will help to grow your business and review skill gaps.


The Statistics

So, what evidence is there that hiring an apprentice is good for your business?

Of the businesses surveyed throughout the UK by Populus in January 2009 on the benefits of hiring an apprentice: 

  •  81% said that employing apprentices generated higher overall productivity for their company
  • 92% said that their apprenticeship programme better motivated staff and increased job satisfaction
  •  74% said that apprentices tended to be more loyal, remaining at their company longer than non-apprentices


Research also suggests that consumers prefer firms that employ apprentices.