Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are some of the popular questions that we get asked. If your question isn’t here, please contact us on 01406 786620 or via email: Alternatively, send us a message via our Contact Us page.


What are the benefits of taking on an apprentice?

Apprenticeships allow you to invest in the future of your business. By taking on an apprentice, you would be developing specialist skills for your business, allowing you to keep ahead of new technologies and competitors. This results in:

  • Better trained employees with the right skills
  • Motivated and loyal workers
  • Apprenticeships help you to manage and develop staff
  • Develop your competitive advantage

What are my responsibilities as an employer?

  • You must give your apprentices an introduction to their role and provide on the job training
  • You must work with us to identify how the programme can best meet the needs of your apprentices and the business
  • You must ensure learners gather the practical work-based experience to enable them to gain the evidence for their portfolios and to ensure that there is an adequate link between on and off the job provision training
  • You are responsible for the wages of your apprentices (set out nationally each year)
  • You must be available every 4-6 weeks to review the learners’ progress
  • You must provide a safe working environment complying with current health and safety legislation
  • Allow your apprentices 20% of their contracted hours for off the job (OTJ) training.  This could be done through attending workshops at our training centre or the apprentices developing skills and experience which would be not part of their usual role. We have an extensive list of ideas as to how you can support your apprentice’s OTJ learning which will also support your business and benefit your business.  Please feel free to discuss this with a member of our Apprenticeship Team who can give you further details 
  • You must have a contract of employment with the apprentice to cover the duration of their apprenticeship as a minimum.

Can my current staff do an apprenticeship?

Yes!  If you would like to support and develop your current workforce to level 2 or 3, we can help. If you would like more information on this, call us on 01403 786620. Our apprenticeship training programme starts in September (2019).

What is the cost of an apprentice?

The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £3.70 per hour rising to £3.90 in April 2019. This rate applies to apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 and upwards in their first year. After this period, the national living/national minimum wage becomes applicable.

Is funding available?

The apprenticeship programme (currently provided by Brighter Beginnings) is part funded with an employer contribution (described as a co-investment payment) of around £200/£250 and the rest is funded centrally. Please contact us directly about funding details.