How to hire an apprentice
When you’re ready to hire an apprentice there are a few key steps you need to take.
- Choosing apprenticeship training to suit an identified job role(s)
- Finding and selecting an organisation that offers training for that apprenticeship
- Checking what funding is available to cover training costs
- Advertising your apprenticeship (your training organisation can do this for you free of charge)
- Selecting your apprentice
Once you are certain you want to hire an apprentice, or train existing members of your workforce, contact the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Skills Hub. They can guide you through each of these steps at no cost to you.
Finding the right apprenticeship
New Apprenticeship Standards are being developed, approved and added all the time. Keep a lookout for new apprenticeships and make sure that you find the right apprenticeship to meet your organisational needs.
When you’re looking for an apprenticeship, try to:
- Speak to more than one training provider to discuss what they can offer you and at what price
- Select the right training for your organisation which delivers what you need
- Identify someone within your organisation who will mentor your apprentice and meet with your training provider to discuss their progress and training plan.
It is up to the training provider and employer to decide how the training is delivered. It may include regular day release, block release, on-sitetraing delivery and online learning.
Choosing a training provider
You will need to choose a training provider to train your apprentice. You can have more than one training provider if you have more than one apprentice.
Your training provider can provide you with as much help and support as you need when you take on an apprentice.
Your training provider will also be able to help with:
- Finding the right apprenticeship for you
- Preparing your apprentice for your organisation
- Making sure your apprentice is working in the appropriate environment
- Finding the right pace of learning for your apprentice
- Working with you to make sure your apprentice is learning relevant skills, knowledge and behaviours
Your responsibilities as an employer
There must be a genuine job available with a contract of employment long enough (one year minimum) for an apprentice to complete their apprenticeship.
You need to pay the apprentice a salary that doesn’t go below the minimum wage.
Your apprentice should:
- Work with experienced staff
- Learn job-specific skills
- Study whilst doing their apprenticeship
The employer must support the apprentice to gain the knowledge and skills they need to gain their apprenticeship.