Recruiting an apprentice – information for employers

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying assessment and skills development programme.

It’s a way for people to earn while they learn, gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role.

The apprentice gains this through a wide mix of:

  • learning in the workplace
  • formal on-the-job training
  • practicing new skills in a real work environment.

An apprenticeship will last between 12 and 18 months. It benefits employers and apprentices and helps to improve economic productivity by boosting workforce skills.

Why recruit an apprentice?

  • Apprenticeships are a tried and tested way to recruit new staff, re-train or up-skill your existing staff, of any age
  • Apprenticeships can help tackle skills shortages within your workplace
  • Apprenticeships are a great way of attracting enthusiastic talent with fresh ideas
  • Apprenticeships provide you with the skilled workers you need for the future
  • Apprenticeships can help reduce staff turnover by increasing employee satisfaction and loyalty
  • Employers involved providing apprenticeships think that apprentices are 15% more valuable than non-apprentices.

86% of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation, while 78 per cent said apprenticeships improved productivity.

(Source: Apprenticeship Evaluation 2017: Employers).

Why work with Training Now on your apprenticeship programme?

Our apprenticeships are flexible to meet the needs of your business. Each programme is bespoke to a specific job role and designed to minimise disruption to your company and the rest of your team.

We will support your apprentice to successfully complete their programme, gain their qualification and become a valuable and permanent member of your team.

We can also help you recruit a suitable person from the point of advertising a position, through to arranging interview dates for prospective candidates.

Linking the apprenticeship to your workplace

Right at the beginning we work with you to map the job role to the appropriate apprenticeship programme.

Once the programme has started our allocated Teaching and Learning Coach will teach and support your apprentice to achieve the skills, knowledge and behaviours required.

To successfully complete the apprenticeship, your apprentice needs to provide acceptable evidence to demonstrate their understanding and competence for all elements.

They will also need to demonstrate the skills, knowledge and behaviours required.

Delivery model

To ensure that we can support you to achieve your full
potential, we will complete an in-depth initial
assessment with you to ensure that we can tailor our
delivery to meet your unique learning requirements.

We then use the most relevant delivery methods to
meet both apprentice and employer needs which will
consist of:

60% – on the Job Training

  • Job shadowing
  • Employer mentoring
  • Employer led technical training
  • Team meetings
  • Workplace simulation
  • On site practical training

20% – off the job training

  • E-learning
  • Independent study
  • Work based assignments
  • Case studies
  • Industry visits
  • Classroom based learning

20% – Coaching

  • Monthly one to one coaching and support from your allocated delivery team for the duration of the apprenticeship programme.

Implementing apprenticeships in six simple steps

The key steps in implementing apprenticeships at the heart of an organisation’s talent pipeline, and in getting business buy-in.

  • Step 1: Talk to us about what your workforce development needs

    We can help you to understand the funding, and how the new apprenticeship programmes should be part of any long-term solution.

  • Step 2: Confirm your requirements

    All you need to do now is confirm which programmes you want, where and when. We’ll give you impartial advice on what’s available and how it works, so you can decide what’s right for you.

    Once this is agreed, we’ll help you develop a delivery plan linked to the hiring plans of the business. The plan will identify the roles of employer and training provider, integrate the training provider’s role with any internal training required for the apprentice and agree the cost of the apprenticeship.

  • Step 3: Select and appoint the successful candidate(s)

    You now start recruiting apprentices for the role(s) in the business.
    We can also provide a selection and assessment service to help you attract the best candidates, if that would help you.

  • Step 4: Team put in place

    After confirming your requirement, we’ll put a team in place to support you and your learners working towards their qualifications.

  • Step 5: Overseeing the process

    We complete all the required administration, as well as drawing down agreed funding, leaving you to enjoy the benefits of your apprentice(s).

  • Step 6: Success!

    The employer and training provider work with the apprentice to build their competence in the role. On completion of the training, the apprentice completes the final assessment and/or EPA and is awarded their certificate, as well as being fully competent in the role.

Read more about apprenticeships