Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes, designed with employers, which combine on and off the job learning and development activities. They are used to develop employees who are in new job roles including higher level roles.
Apprenticeships deliver real benefits to business and people; they represent an excellent investment for both Government and employers.
- Increased profitability
- A more talented and diverse workforce
- Cost effective recruitment and induction
Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification – from GCSEs or equivalent up to degree level.
Apprentices can be new or current employees.
You could get a grant or funding to employ an apprentice if you’re in England.
You must pay the apprentice at least the minimum wage during their placement with you.
Your apprentice must:
- work with experienced staff
- learn job-specific skills
- study for a work-based qualification during their working week, eg at a college or training organisation
Traineeships are aimed at giving 16-24 year-olds an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.
They are comprised of three main elements to prepare young people for an Apprenticeship, including English and Maths, work preparation skills and a practical work placement of at least 100 hours.
All training costs are met by government funding.