KC Apprenticeships Employer Info


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Welcome to KC Apprenticeships!

There has never been a better time to employ an apprentice, thanks to high quality training schemes and employer frameworks that ensure apprenticeships are more responsive to employer needs. From plugging the skills gap to offering fresh enthusiasm, there are many benefits to hiring an apprentice.

Kidderminster College’s dedicated Apprenticeship Team work closely with local business and service providers to find the best apprentice for your company’s needs. Providing constant support, advice and communication our KC Apprenticeships team can help you grow an even more motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Take a look below to see the many benefits of hiring an apprentice, as well as key employer requirements and information.

We look forward to working with you! 

Why hire an apprentice?

We’re glad you asked! Take a look at KC’s ten reasons as to why hiring an apprentice is the right move:

Apprenticeships are an invaluable way to bring new talent into your business.
Apprenticeships are an essential way to grow your team and keep staff costs down.
You can mould and develop apprentices to meet your business needs, to enable them to progress within your business.
You can develop skills to future-proof your workforce.
Apprentices provide fresh ideas and enthusiasm that can make a real difference to your business.
Apprenticeships are a channel to recruit raw talent and marry it to the skills you need in your organisation.
Apprentices can add value quickly and help reduce staff turnover and recruitment costs.
You can give people of all backgrounds a real chance to get on the ladder of opportunity - and get a cutting edge over your competitors at the same time.
Apprentices improve productivity. Employers who have an established apprenticeship programmed reported that productivity in their workplace had improved by 76%.
Apprenticeships can be used for your current workforce to develop skills and support with professional development.

Employer Requirements.

– Employers must give their apprentice an 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. 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.

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 and advance them.

We require that at least 20% of your apprentices’ is spent  “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.

Training can be delivered in the workplace, through ‘day release’ or at premises away from the working environment. Typically apprentices spend several days a week on site and  then one day a week at college, however some programmes are delivered 100% in the workplace.

On completion of the Apprenticeship your apprentice must perform tasks confidently and completely to the standard set by the industry, again, our Team will help support and assist you with this.


Typically Apprenticeships can last between 12 months and 4 years.

Many of our KC apprentices progress from one Apprenticeship programme to a higher level Apprenticeship programme. We’re proud to boast that 99% of the apprentices KC help train have stayed with their employer at the end of the programme, so we have an excellent success rate!




When employers take on a 16-18 year old apprentice they will receive £1,000 to help meet the extra costs associated with this. This will also apply if they employ a 19-24 year old care leaver, or a 19-24 year old with a Local Authority Education, Health Care Plan.

This will be paid to employers in two equal instalments at three months and twelve months from the Apprentices start date.


Existing Staff & Graduates.

You can now train existing members of staff under the Apprenticeship programmes, providing them with new skills and clear career progression.

From April 2017 funding has been made available to all graduates, regardless of their experience or age. The Apprenticeship that they are using must be significantly different to the qualifications they already hold so new skills are learned.


How do KC Apprenticeships help?

The KC Apprenticeships team  provide a FREE recruitment and selection service. We pride ourselves on getting the right people in the right places.

Our service includes:

  • An initial meeting to discuss whether an apprentice is right for your business
  • A training needs analysis
  • Drafting job adverts in line with your specific criteria
  • Advertising free on your behalf on the National Apprenticeship Service website and through our established social media channels
  • Accessing government funded training, grants and financial incentives
  • Advising on Employment Law and Health & Safety surrounding employing an apprentice
  • Advising on End Point Assessments
  • Advising and guidance on levy funding and using your digital account
  • Quality training and ongoing support

We help support both your firm and your apprentice through the duration of the contract

KC Apprenticeships

Take a look at the Apprenticeships that KC can help you offer; whether you want to grow your workforce, give back to the community or future-proof your firm, we’re sure you’ll find the right person to fit your business needs!

Interested? Get in touch!

Get in touch today with our KC Apprenticeship team and start your Apprenticeship journey with us


01562 826515

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