Top level criteria
- Apprentices must be aged 16 or over and combine working with studying to gain skills and knowledge in a specific job, resulting in a qualification.
- They can be new or existing employees and must work with experienced staff, learning job-specific skills and earning at least the minimum wage.
- Apprentices must also be allocated time to study or train during their working week, making up at least 20% of their normal working hours.
- Apprenticeships must last for at least a year and up to 5 years depending on the level the Apprentice is studying.
Basic steps for taking on an Apprentice
1) First you choose an apprenticeship for your business or organisation
2) Find an organisation/Training Provider that offers training for the apprenticeship you’ve chosen.
3) Check what funding is available for training and other costs to your organisation
4) Advertise your apprenticeship or give your Training Provider permission to do this for you.
5) Finally, select your apprentice and make an apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement with them.