Employer FAQs

1What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are training programmes which lead to nationally recognised qualifications, designed by employers for employers. They are a combination of on-the-job and off-the-job learning.
2What sector-specific Apprenticeships are available?
Barbering, beauty, business administration, business management, team leading, childcare, customer service, hospitality, retail, hairdressing and health and social care.
3How much does the accredited training cost?
We’ll train your employees using subsidised support, but the cost of the course depends on their age and the level of the qualification studied:
AgeGovernment funding for Level 2Government funding for Level 3
16-18100%100%
19+50%50%
4Is anything being done to help Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to take on apprentices?
SMEs as well as large companies can benefit from taking on an apprentice. Interserve Learning & Employment offers a comprehensive range of support to help you recruit and train an apprentice, and further funding may be available to take on an apprentice through the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) which can provide up to £1500 per apprentice. In some areas additional grants are also available to help with employment and training costs.
5How much do I have to pay an apprentice?
The government sets the National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage (NAMW) which is currently £3.50 per hour if the individual is aged 16-19. For those aged over 19 you can pay them £3.50 for the first year of their Apprenticeship and only after this time the minimum wage appropriate for the learner’s age is applicable. For further details and all current rates visit: www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates. Of course you can choose to pay your apprentice more and Interserve Learning & Employment. encourages this as best practice where possible.
6How long does the Apprenticeship take?
Apprenticeships take a minimum of twelve months to complete with Advanced Levels often taking up to twenty-four months.
7Does the apprentice have to attend college or training days off-site?
The qualification can be delivered at your workplace and for some sectors we can also deliver off-site training, if appropriate and available in your area. You will be assigned an assessor to guide you and the learner through the Apprenticeship.
8Do I have to provide any training?
The only training you will have to provide is initial Health and Safety workplace training and any job-specific or mandatory training for the role. Our assessors will deliver further training and the qualification framework.
9What about holiday entitlement?
Apprentices are entitled to the same holidays as other employees within your business; the minimum being 20 days plus bank holidays.
10What hours can an apprentice work?
Most apprentices work a minimum of 30 hours per week (excluding meal breaks). They can work shift patterns and weekends to fit your business needs. There are some exceptions to this for certain sectors which we can advise on.
11Do I have to provide a contract of employment?
Yes. An apprentice is classified as an employee of your business. Therefore they will fall under all your company policies and procedures.
12What if taking on an apprentice does not work out as expected?
The apprentice is under a contract of employment with you, therefore you will be able to engage your usual disciplinary procedures if required. It is advisable to include a probation period in any contract of employment.
13What happens once the learner has completed their Apprenticeship?
You will be able to evaluate the apprentice’s salary depending upon their suitability to the role. You can also consider an Advanced Apprenticeship option for progression onto Level 3 qualifications, Higher or Degree levels. Or simply make the most of your newly qualified employee.