Apprenticeships: Guidance and facts for employers

by | Feb 5, 2024 | National Apprenticeship Week 2024, NAW24

Clear on the gains apprentices can bring to your business, but not sure how to get going? Read on…

NAW24 FACT SHEET

OFFERING APPRENTICESHIPS 

From responsibilities to choosing a training provider, the end point assessment and support financial and otherwise, beginning on the journey to offering apprenticeships can feel like a long road.  

The government have created a step-by-step guide, covering the key things you need to consider before taking the leap. CHECK IT OUT> 

 

FUNDING FACTS 

  • You can get help from the government to pay for apprenticeship training. The amount depends on whether you pay the apprenticeship levy or not. You pay the levy if you’re an employer with a pay bill over £3 million each year. You can find out more HERE 
  • If you’re a smaller employer, you are eligible for government funding which will pay between 95% and 100% of the apprentice training costs.
     
  • If you are a large employer, you can use your levy to pay for your apprenticeship training. 

Get an idea of your estimated funding using this CALCULATOR  

 

POINTS ON PAY  

  • You are responsible for paying your apprentice for their normal working hours and any training they do as part of the apprenticeship. 
  • You must pay at least the National Minimum Wage rate depending on their age and the year of the apprenticeship they’re training in.  
  • The current rate is £5.28, rising to £6.40 from 1 April 2024 for apprentices aged under 19, or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship. 
  • Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed the first year of their apprenticeship.  

 

Current National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage (for those aged 23 and over):

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From 1 April 2024, workers aged 21 and over will be entitled to the National Living Wage. The incoming rates from this date are:  

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NATIONAL INSURANCE CONTRIBUTIONS 

Employers may not need to pay Class 1 National Insurance contributions for an apprentice, if they are: 

  • Under 25 years old 
  • On an approved UK government apprenticeship standard or framework (these can differ depending on country) 
  • Earn less than £967 a week (£50,270 a year) 

The apprentice, as an employee, still pays Class 1 insurance contributions through their salary. You can find more guidance HERE 

 

APPRENTICESHIP AGREEMENT 

You and your apprentice must sign an apprenticeship agreement. The apprenticeship won’t be funded without a valid one in place.   

It confirms the individual employment arrangement between each party and should include: 

  • How long you’ll employ them for 
  • The training they’ll receive 
  • Their working conditions 
  • The qualifications they are working towards 

You can write your own, or start with this TEMPLATE 

 

TRAINING PLAN 

You must also sign a training plan with your apprentice and the training provider. It sets out the commitment of the provider, employer and apprentice and records key details. 

It must include: 

  • The planned content and schedule for training 
  • What is expected and offered by the employer, the training provider and the apprentice 
  • How to resolve queries and complaints 

You can find a template HERE 

Discover more this National Apprenticeship Week > 

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