Information for Employers
What are Apprenticeships?
They are government supported work based training programmes that allow a business to develop a skilled, qualified and loyal workforce.
They are a cost effective work-based training programme designed around the needs of employers, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications.
As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills.
Apprenticeships can be used to employ new staff as well as developing current employees.
Apprenticeships ensure you have an up-to-date well trained and qualified workforce. They help address skill shortages, productivity along with enhancing the reputation of your organisation.
How long will it take?
An apprentice is typically a fulltime employee who takes part in on the job training, with day release to a learning environment, dependent on the sector and qualification. They ordinarily take between 12 and 24 months to complete.
Why choose Apprenticeships for your business?
Apprenticeships help businesses to grow.
96% of employers that take on an apprentice report benefits to their business.
72% of businesses report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice.
Other benefits reported by around two-thirds of employers include improved products or services, new ideas being introduced to the organisation, better morale among staff and more staff staying with the organisation.
How much does it cost?
The Skills funding Agency provides funding to cover the cost of the Apprenticeship framework for all 16-18 year olds. However funding is reduced for Apprentices aged 19+.
All apprentices must receive the appropriate national minimum wage.
Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage rate does not apply to Higher Apprenticeships.
The current Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage rate can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates.
Can I get help with the cost?
Apprenticeship AGE grants are available to small to medium sized employers recruiting 16 to 24 year olds. This Grant for Employers with a value of £1,500 is aimed at eligible employers to assist when recruiting young people.
The “Sheffield 100 Apprenticeship Programme” aims to encourage young people aged between 16 and 18 years old who may not have been successful in the past at gaining an apprenticeship, or are most likely to fall out of education, employment or training and in need of support.
The businesses that support Sheffield’s young people through this programme will be able to claim a wage subsidy of £1.30 per hour.
How can Lifelong Learning and Skills help my business?
Lifelong Learning and Skills is part of Sheffield City Council and has four training centres located across the city that are dedicated to offering quality apprenticeships for small, medium and large employers alike.
Red Tape Central is located in the heart of the city and has excellent ICT facilities and experienced staff to deliver apprenticeships in application specialist (ICT user) ICT web and telecoms professionals (IT technician, network engineer and web site hosting) as well as Business Administration and Customer Service apprenticeships.
Sheaf Training is located close to Northern General Hospital and equipped to offer training in childcare and health and social care in our specialised training suits along with hospitality in our fully working kitchen environment. Teaching assistant apprenticeships are available along with horticulture.
The Construction Design Centre located on the Kier complex off manor lane offers a range of construction apprenticeships including: painting and decorating, joinery, and civil engineering.
The Sheffield Engineering Centre close to meadowhall, provides apprentices with state-of-the-art equipment, industry standard technology and access to leading experts from the sector to support their vocational development.