About Hiring an Apprentice

About Hiring an Apprentice

How do Apprenticeships work?

The majority of Apprentice training happens “on-the-job”, where they work with a mentor to learn job specific skills in the workplace, this is where your business is able to mould them to your specific needs.

An apprentice is required to spend at least 20% of their time “off-the-job”. This aspect of training will depend on the occupational area and will be covered in full when you have a chat with our KC Apprenticeship Team.

Typically, apprentices spend up to one day a week at college.

Many of the programmes require the apprentice to build a portfolio of evidence, in addition they will  be subject to an End Point Assessment (EPA) which means that they have to be individually deemed competent by a professional person external to the college.

Employer Requirements

Employers must provide their apprentice with a thorough induction into their role and provide “on-the-job” training and paid time for “off the job” training.

Employers are responsible for paying their apprentice’s wages and issuing their contract of employment.

An Apprenticeship Agreement between the employer and the apprentice must be in place.

The apprentice must receive the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage. Apprentices aged 16-18, or for those 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship, must be paid a minimum of £4.15 per hour, however many businesses pay more.

The minimum hours of employment for an apprentice should be at least 30 hours per week.

Time spent training and at college is included in the paid hours of work.

By exception, where the individual’s circumstances or the particular nature of employment in a given sector makes this impossible, then an absolute minimum of 16 hours must be met. In such cases the duration of the apprenticeship should be extended.

All apprentices must receive the same benefits as their other employees.

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