Explore this page to find the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships are an excellent way to develop the skills of your new or existing staff, giving them the opportunity to gain industry-recognised qualifications relevant to their job role. Apprenticeship programmes are a framework of qualifications usually made up of:-
The apprentice works alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills and also receives training at college, usually on a day-release basis. Assessors will visit the apprentice on a monthly basis to assess their work, set targets, and review their progress. We ask the employer to be involved in the reviews to make sure all parties are satisfied with the progress of the Apprenticeship.
Apprentices can be any age over 16. There is no upper age limit meaning your existing staff can benefit as well.
As an employer, you will benefit from value-added training that is tailored to your business requirements. You will also gain from having motivated and well-trained staff with essential skills, enhanced staff morale, better employee retention, and improved efficiency and productivity. Your staff will receive relevant industry training that can have an immediate impact on your business. You will be involved in every step in the planning of their training programme.
The length of an apprenticeship depends on the type of programme but in general, it takes between one or two years.
It depends on the apprenticeship programme; some apprenticeships require college attendance for a full or half-day per week during term time. However, many apprenticeships are delivered completely in the workplace so there is minimal disruption to your business.
Apprentices must be aged over 16 years old and hold the entry grades required – this is programme dependant. You will need to provide them with a contract of employment, working a minimum of 30 hours per week.
Apprentices get paid a minimum of £3.70 per hour if under 19 or in the first year of their apprenticeship. Apprentices aged 19 and over, in the second year of study, will be entitled to the age-related rate. However, many apprentices get paid much more than this. Apprentices must also be paid for the time they spend studying at college. For more information on the National Minimum Wage visit www.gov.uk
Yes. Like other employees, apprentices should be given at least 20 days paid holiday per year as well as bank holidays.
No problem, Cambridge Regional College can help you recruit an apprentice. We provide a free recruitment service which includes advertising your vacancy on our website, interviewing applicants, and testing their literacy and numeracy skills. We are part of a large Further Education College with an extensive vocational full-time programme meaning that we can identify suitable candidates from an existing pool of candidates. We can be as involved as much or as little as you wish, taking the stress out of recruitment.