ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYERS
Choosing to recruit an apprentice or upskill your existing workforce is a great way to organically grow your business. Have a look through the frequently asked questions below, and if you have any further queries, let us know and we’ll be happy to help.
How long do your courses last?+
Our courses typically last a year, although higher level courses can last longer.
How many hours a week can an apprentice work?+
Employees recruited as an apprentice can work a minimum of 30 hours and a maximum of 40 hours per week.
Does an apprentice receive paid annual leave and sick pay?+
Apprentices are entitled to at least 28 days of annual leave per year and have the same right to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) as regular employees.
Can I pay my apprentice more than the NMW?+
An employee’s status as an apprentice affects the minimum wage you can pay, but there’s no upper limit. Many of our apprentices receive pay rises and promotions prior to completing their course due to strong performance.
Am I required to lower the wage of an employee if enrolled onto a training course?+
You are not required to lower the wage of your employees once they are enrolled onto a training course.
What happens once an apprentice finishes their course?+
Once an apprentice completes their course, you are able to decide whether you wish to continue employing them as a full-time member of staff. If you decide to do so, you will be required to increase their salary to that of a full-time member of staff in-line with standard NMW requirements. If you would like to continue training your apprentice, you can enrol them onto a further training course at a higher level.
What happens once my employee finishes their course?+
Once your employee has finished their course they will receive their certificates to certify their course completion. If you would like to continue training your employees, you can enrol them onto a further training course at a higher level.