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EMPLOYING AN APPRENTICE

Employing an apprentice is great for business. Motivated, adaptable and full of fresh-thinking, apprentices are the cost-effective way to add real value to your teams.

Through core business skills and industry-recognised qualifications, hiring an apprentice is proven to reduce recruitment costs, improve productivity and diversify your workforce.

5 STAGES TO EMPLOYING AN APPRENTICE

1. CHOOSE AN
APPRENTICESHIP
QUALIFICATION

Find a qualification for the subject and level that you want your apprentices to complete.

2. CHECK YOUR
FUNDING
OPTIONS

Find out what apprenticeship funding is available to your organisation.

3. CHOOSE AN APPRENTICESHIP
PROVIDER 

Find an experienced, RoATP & Ofsted approved apprenticeship provider who are willing to invest in your trainees – like escalla.

4. ADVERTISE YOUR
APPRENTICESHIP
VACANCY WITH US

We can make the process easy for you by using our network of job listing areas to attract the best candidates, for you to screen and interview.

5. TIME TO
HIRE AN
APPRENTICE!

It's time to hire your apprentice and sign your 1 to 2-year training agreement.

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BENEFITS OF HIRING AN APPRENTICE

Reduce recruitment costs
Introduce new skills and perspectives
Increase motivation throughout your team
Shape your future workforce
Utilise your levy account – or receive heavily subsidised training

 

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WHY CHOOSE ESCALLA?

Approved apprenticeship provider

escalla are a nationally approved (RoATP) apprenticeship training provider. With over 25 years of experience delivering training.

We are rated as Good by Ofsted, and achieved Outstanding for our apprentices’ personal development, behaviour and welfare.

As one of the best apprenticeship providers in the country for IT, digital marketing and local government qualifications, we can help you find the perfect apprentices to add value to your business.

"escalla are our trusted partner for our Tech and Digital Apprentices. They care, which means apprentices are well supported and have an excellent experience."

RedEye

Marketing technology business

APPRENTICESHIP FUNDING

Every apprenticeship falls into a funding band. But how much you pay will depend on the size of your business, whether you pay the apprenticeship levy, and the age of the person you are employing.

If you pay the apprenticeship levy, you can use the levy funds you’ve built up to pay the cost of apprenticeship training. If you don’t have enough funds to cover the entire cost, you will only need to pay 5% of any remaining fees.

If you don’t pay the apprenticeship levy. You will only need to pay a maximum 5% of each apprentice’s training costs – as the government will fund the remaining 95%.

Remember that any unused levy funds will begin to expire after 2 years. It’s important to use your apprenticeship funds before they are lost!

SMALL BUSINESSES (UNDER 50 EMPLOYEES)

Employing an apprentice aged 16-18 is free – fully funded by the government. You also receive an incentive payment of £1,000 for employing an apprentice aged 16-18 (£500 at month 3 and £500 on completion of the apprenticeship). Employing an apprentice over 18 costs 5% of training fee – 95% funded by government.

NON-LEVY PAYING EMPLOYERS WITH OVER 50 EMPLOYEES

Employing any apprentice costs 5% of training fee – 95% funded by government. You also receive an incentive payment of £1,000 for employing an apprentice aged 16-18 (£500 at month 3 and £500 on completion of the apprenticeship).

LEVI-PAYING EMPLOYERS

Employer pays apprenticeship levy payments into training account. Funds can be used to employ an apprentice – 90% government funded once your training account funds runs out. You receive an incentive payment of £1,000 for employing an apprentice aged 16-18 (£500 at month 3 and £500 on completion of the apprenticeship)

APPRENTICE SALARIES

As an employer, you are responsible for paying your apprentice’s wage and providing an employment contract.

You can decide how much you pay each apprentice. But you must pay apprentices at least the legal minimum wage for their age.

The current minimum wage for new apprentices is £3.90 per hour. Apprentices over the age of 19, or in the second year of their apprenticeship, must be paid the national or living wage according to their age.

Current minimum pay rates:

  • 25 and over
  • £8.21
    per hour
  • 21 to 24
  • £7.70
    per hour
  • 18 to 20
  • £6.15
    per hour
  • Under 18
  • £4.35
    per
  • Apprentice
  • £3.90*
    per hour

*This rate applies if you're under the age of 19, or in your first year of apprenticeship

HOW LONG DOES AN APPRENTICESHIP TAKE?

Completing an apprenticeship with escalla will take between 1-2 years. The level of qualification, working hours and personal circumstances of each apprentice will determine how long the qualification takes. Contact us if you would like to find out more about employing an apprentice.

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MAKING AN APPRENTICESHIP AGREEMENT

You will need to sign an apprenticeship agreement with any new apprentice.
An apprenticeship agreement outlines what will be offered and expected, in terms of their training and development.
An apprenticeship agreement must include:
How long you will employ the apprentice for
The training you will provide
Their working conditions
The qualifications they are working towards

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Contact Us Today

t: +44 (0)203 941 4100 | e: info@escalla.co.uk

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