Employing an Apprentice
There has never been a better time to recruit an apprentice into your organisation. Apprenticeships can help businesses across all sectors by offering a route to encourage new talent or progress existing staff. An apprentice will work alongside your experienced staff to gain job specific skills ensuring a workforce that has practical skills, knowledge and behaviours that are needed now and in the future.
An apprenticeship could be a new position to your structure at either entry level or above, or could be suitable for an existing employee to progress into another job role. As long as there is a genuine job role and a contract of employment long enough to complete an apprenticeship, you can offer the opportunity, along with support to gain knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to an existing or new member of staff to achieve an apprenticeship.
As the employer you must give your apprentice an induction into their role and provide/allow 20% off-the-job training. You are responsible for paying your apprentices salary and issuing their Contract of Employment.
In addition, you must:
Ensure the apprentice receives the same rights as other employees and must follow employer policies and procedures
Ensure that apprentices understand and follow your health and safety practices and procedures•
Hold a current employers and public liability insurance and vehicle insurance where appropriate
Provide Personal Protective Equipment where appropriate
Ensure adequate and competent supervision
Contribute to progress reviews
Allow your apprentice time to study and attend training sessions within their working week
Generally, most of the training is on-the-job at an employer’s premises, working with a mentor to learn job specific skills in the workplace. Off-the-job training is provided by a training organisation (usually referred to as a training provider) and may be delivered in the workplace or through day or block release at premises away from the working environment. Luton Adult Learning is an approved training provider.
You must sign an apprenticeship agreement with your apprentice at the start of their apprenticeship. This gives details of what you agree to do for the apprentice, including:
Length of the Apprenticeship
Training and qualifications they work towards achieving
You must sign a commitment statement with your apprentice and training provider, at the start of their apprenticeship. Both agreements and statements will be provided by the training provider.