It’s great that you are interested in employing an apprenticeship - and GetMyFirstJob is the easy way to match candidates to your brand new local vacancies. But, how much do you know about Apprenticeships? We want to give you the basics:
- Apprenticeship wage: The minimum apprenticeship wage at the moment is £3.30, and apprentices will be working full time for around 30 hours per week. As the apprenticeship wage is lower than the standard minimum wage, candidates must ensure they have budgeted their expenses, such as travel expenses and rent to make sure they can afford to get to the apprenticeship. Which is why you can change the distance of where candidates live when searching.
- Apprenticeship duration: an apprenticeship typically lasts 12 months, but this may take longer if apprentices need to complete a certain module. Some higher apprenticeships can take up to 4 years to complete fully.
- Training: The great thing about apprenticeships is that candidates not only earn a wage but they also gain a qualification. They will gain a qualification in your businesses specific framework as well as transferable skills and employability rights and responsibilities and personal, learning and thinking skills. These skills will be beneficial to you when progressing your career.
- Eligibility: Before starting an apprenticeship, you must ensure the candidate fulfils the criteria. If a candidate has studied at University, even for a year, they are ineligible for apprenticeship funding which means you may struggle to find appropriate funding. So, many people who are unsure about their career path, may try an Apprenticeship first rather than go to Uni. Also, they must have lived in the UK for 3 years or more to be eligible for this opportunity.
- Training assessor: candidates will be introduced to their training assessor at the beginning of their employment. The assessor will ensure your apprentice is making progress with their qualification during short meetings with them throughout the apprenticeship.
- Training Provider and College: Either a Training Provider or College will be recruiting for the apprenticeships advertised on GetMyFirstJob on behalf of the Employer. They will also be overseeing the apprentices qualification throughout their apprenticeship.
- Future prospects: As an employer, you may wish to continue your apprentices employment once the apprenticeship is done. However, in some other cases, an apprentice may need to look for other employment - their new NVQ and certificates will be really beneficial when applying for new positions, as well as the work experience with your company.