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As an Employer you already know that training your workforce is a good idea, but Apprenticeships are even better, they are designed to help your employees reach a high level of competency and performance.

Key benefits of employing of employing an Apprentice

  • Motivated & skilled workforce
  • Cost effective
  • Lower recruitment costs
  • Build skills within your business
  • Improve profitability
  • Increased employing satisfaction

How does it work?

A training provider/college will support an employer to:

  • Identify the Apprenticeship that fits your business requirements
  • Help to recruit an Apprentice
  • Develop a training plan which reflects the Apprentice and employer requirements
  • Support the delivery of the training programme, carry out assessments and deliver training

Responsibilities of Employers

  • Provide an induction and training
  • Responsible for paying an Apprentice a wage (at least the minimum wage for Apprentices £3.50)
  • Offer a minimum of 30 hours a week paid employment
  • Provide Apprentices with the same benefits as other employers
  • Provide a contract of employment
  • Allow time for off-the job training
  • Provide Apprentices with the same benefits as other employees
  • An Apprenticeship agreement must be signed between Apprentice and employers

Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 years olds (AGE 16 to 24)

The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16-24 year olds supports businesses to recruit individuals aged 16-24 into employment through an Apprenticeship programme that would not otherwise be in a position to do so.

You may be eligible to for grant worth up to £1,500.00 if:

  • you are a small to medium sized employer (employing less than 50 employees)
  • you can confirm that you are not able to recruit an Apprentice without the AGE Grant
  • you have not employed an Apprentice in the last 12 months
  • commit to employ your Apprentice for a minimum of 12 months, or the time it takes them to complete their Apprenticeship, whichever is the greater
  • agree to pay the Apprentice the national minimum wage (£3.50)

For more information visit www.teesvalley-ca.gov.uk and search TVAGE or alternatively contact the project team on 01642 524454.