How much will I need to pay my apprentice?
If your apprentice is under 19, you will need to pay them the apprentice minimum wage which is currently £3.30 per hour. You are free to pay your apprentice above this minimum wage and many employers increase wages as skills develop. If your apprentice is 19 when they have completed the first year of their Apprenticeship, you will need to pay them at least the full National Minimum Wage.
Will I receive any funding to help with taking on an apprentice?
If you are a small or medium sized business looking to take on an apprentice then financial support may be available. Businesses in West Yorkshire and York could be eligible for grants of up to £2,000 when they take on an apprentice aged 16 to 24 years old following through with a Level 3 Apprenticeship. If the apprentice is following through with a Level 2 qualification it will start from £1,200. This can be claimed at 13 weeks of the apprentice being employed.
How long does an Apprenticeship take?
There is no set length for an Apprenticeship. It will depend on the qualifications your apprentice takes and the industry you're in. Apprenticeships can take between one and four years.
Is there an age limit for Apprenticeships?
No, Apprenticeships are available to anyone after leaving full time education at 16. The ATA work with individuals between the ages of 16-24 years. Those individuals between 16-18 are 100% funded by the Skills Funding Agency Those individuals between 19-23 are co funded and would need an employer contribution to fulfill their apprenticeship Those individuals who are 24+ will need to apply for a Learning Loan
How many hours will my apprentice work per week?
Apprentices work a minimum of 30 hours a week and no more than 40 hours a week.
Do I need to give my apprentice holidays?
Yes. Like any other employee, you will need to give your apprentice at least 20 days holiday per year plus Bank Holidays. However it is the ATA who pay out for holidays.