Employ an Apprentice

How can an apprentice benefit my business?

  • The average Apprenticeship improves productivity by £214 per week
  • Up to 100% funding could be available to support Apprenticeship programmes within your business (you will still need to pay the apprentice’s wages)
  • They’re a tried and tested way to recruit new staff, re-train or upskill existing staff or people returning to your business after a break
  • Learning can often be done in your workplace, meaning minimal disruption and maximum impact
  • They can be tailored to specific job roles, making them flexible to the needs of your business
  • They help you tackle skill shortages in your business

What do I need to do as an employer of an apprentice?


  • Employ the apprentice as a permanent paid employee (minimum 21 contracted hours per week with one employer, which includes day release/off-the-job training. Directed training must be paid as part of the participant’s contracted hours) from day one.
  • Pay the apprentice a wage commensurate with the industry rate for that job and in accordance with National Minimum Wage regulations https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates
  • Support on-the-job and off-the-job training by giving the apprentice appropriate time to attend College to enhance professional and technical knowledge.
  • To comply with all relevant legal and contractual responsibilities in respect of health and safety, and to take steps to ensure equality of opportunity, regardless of community background, gender, marital status, disability, race, political opinion, sexual orientation, age, or dependents.
  • Have appropriate Public and Employers Liability Insurance.

How do I get in touch to discuss taking on an apprentice?

Michelle Billham

Business Development Executive
Greenbank Campus

T: 028 3025 9664
E: billhamm@src.ac.uk