Why recruiting an apprentice is the right decision for your business

Why recruiting an apprentice is the right decision for your business

Apprenticeships are one way that an increasing number of employers are choosing to invest in their workforce and equip them with the skills to drive business productivity and growth.

There are over 250 different apprenticeship standards, setting specific expectations and qualifications for over 1,700 professional occupations, and at all levels including degree apprenticeships. Whatever the need of your business, the role you are looking to fill, or the sector you are in, there’s likely to be a standard that suits your needs.

And employers have been taking an increasing role in the development of new standards, giving your business the confidence that they are realistic and credible qualifications that will enable your employees to help drive your business forward.

It’s not just us saying this, all the main industry and employer bodies agree:

Obviously, the circumstances of every business are different, and you need to be confident that an apprentice is the right investment to help your business grow. The Leeds Apprenticeship Hub offers free and totally impartial advice – we are not tied to any training provider – and can help:

  • Let you know what is involved in recruiting an apprentice
  • Keep you up to date with your obligations as an employer
  • Help to promote and advertise your vacancies
  • Work with you to recruit the best candidates
  • Put you in touch with a suitable Training Provider to co-ordinate the apprenticeship programme
  • Tell you about the latest funding rules and grants that are available.
  • You will need to provide the following:
  • The apprentice’s wage which is currently £3.30 per hour (but rising to £3.40 per hour on 1st October 2016) although employers may choose to pay more
  • Relevant supervision and support which includes an induction and relevant on the job training
  • An apprenticeship agreement. This is similar to an employment contract and dates from the start of the apprenticeship
  • We can also signpost you to other forms of support for your business. Give us a call today and find out more about how we can support you.

For more information email: employment.leeds@leeds.gov.uk or telephone 0113 3787003