Apprenticeships are a great way for your business to develop employees with the skills and experience you need.
They are work-based learning training programmes, which usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. Anyone over 16 can apply. Learners aged 15 who have reached statutory school leaving age are also eligible to apply.
There are four Apprenticeship levels:
- Foundation Apprenticeship - you would usually gain a Level 2 qualification (equivalent to GCSE level) that is relevant to the job
- Apprenticeship - you would work towards a Level 3 qualification (equivalent to A Levels) that is relevant to the job
- Higher Apprenticeship - you would work towards a higher qualification of Level 4 and above. This could be an HNC/HND or Foundation Degree
- Degree Apprenticeship - these offer learning at Level 6 and provide the opportunity to gain a full bachelor's degree. They combine working with studying part time at a university or college
|Apprenticeship Level||Equivalent Educational Level|
|Foundation Apprenticeship - Level 2||5 GCSEs / NVQ Level 2|
|Apprenticeship - Level 3||2 A Levels / NVQ Level 3|
|Higher Apprenticeship - Level 4/5||HNC / HND / Foundation Degree|
|Degree Apprenticeship - Level 6||Bachelor's Degree|
Degree Apprenticeships are a new type of apprenticeship. In Wales they are currently available in IT, Engineering or Advanced Manufacturing. Businesses of any size in Wales can take on degree apprentices so register your interest now to find out more.
What are the costs?
As the employer, you decide what to pay your apprentice. There is a National Minimum Wage for apprentices but you might offer a higher level.
Most of the training is ‘on the job’ at your business, but you will be working with an approved training provider, such as a local college. They are funded to manage the apprentice’s training and assessment programme, which usually involves day-release.
If you are an SME you might qualify for the Apprenticeship Small Business Employer Incentive Programme.
Apprenticeship Matching Service
You can recruit your apprentice through the Apprenticeship Matching Service.
This online service allows you to:
- View all your applicants
- Carry out shortlisting and organise pre-interview tests/checks
- Send invitations for interview
- Accept and reject applicants; all online
How do I advertise an Apprenticeship vacancy?
If you have a vacancy you would like to advertise with us please contact our vacancy team who can help you through the process. Your learning provider may be able to manage this on your behalf, ask them.
You can also phone us on 0800 0284844 for more information on advertising an apprenticeship vacancy on our website.
Find a list of learning providers and their contact details in the Apprenticeships Toolkit for Employers:
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