Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying to gain skills and knowledge in a specific industry. Apprentices can be new or current employees.

The government has changed the way apprenticeships are funded to improve the quality and quantity of apprenticeships in England. The apprenticeship Levy came into effect on April 6th 2017.

It will be 0.5% of a company payroll, paid by all employers with a payroll in excess of £3million per annum.

Successful apprentices can progress on to other levels of apprenticeships or may have the opportunity to be taken on full time by their employer.

Apprentices must spend at least 20% of their working hours completing off-the-job training. It can be flexible and could be:

  • Online training
  • An apprentice shadowing their mentor at work
  • At college or their training provider

The current minimum apprenticeship wage increased (April 2023) to £5.28 per hour. However, the minimum wage for an apprentice can also depend on the age and the length of the apprenticeship.

Incentive payments are for employers who hire a new apprentice.

For apprentices with an employment start date from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021, applications close on 30 November 2021.

These apprentices must also have an apprenticeship start date from 1 April 2021 to 30 November 2021.

From 11 January 2022, you will be able to apply for a payment of £3,000 for apprentices with an employment start date from 1 October 2021 to 31 January 2022. Applications close on 15 May 2022.

You must set up an apprenticeship service account.

The incentive payment is in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice:

  • aged 16 to 18 years old
  • aged 19 to 24 with an education, health and care plan or who has been in the care of their local authority.

To receive the full payment, the apprenticeship must last for at least one year.

For more information please visit the gov.uk website. 

Our expert team can help you find the perfect apprentice for your business. Email apprenticeships@reaseheath.ac.uk for more information.

All training will be delivered at Reaseheath College by our expert curriculum team.

An apprenticeship depending on the level, can last anywhere between 12 months – 36 months.

An apprentice usually works a minimum of 30 hours per week. This may be more dependent on the company.

Employers are required to create a Digital Account, this is a requirement by the government for all businesses to have for apprenticeship training. This is through the government website. Apprentice PAYE details are needed for this.

Please see this video about setting up your Digital Account for the apprenticeship.

Reaseheath College helps employers hire apprentices in a variety of sectors such as agriculture, animal care, equine, veterinary nursing, horticulture, construction and engineering. You can out more about the apprenticeship standards here.