Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes that are designed to help employers train people for specific job roles. At the same time, apprentices get a paying job with valuable training while they work towards a nationally recognised qualification.
Most of the apprentice's training takes place on the job, with the rest provided by a local college or specialist learning provider. The apprentice receives the National Minimum Wage. This varies depending upon their age and if they are in the first year of their apprenticeship.
Employers who take on apprentices get access to motivated, talented people who can be trained up quickly to increase capacity and plug their skills gaps. The employer pays the apprentice's wages, but government funding is available to meet the costs of training (100 per cent if the apprentice is aged 16-18; 50 per cent if they are aged 19-24).
Nearly 200 different apprenticeships are available, across a wide range of industry sectors. They are designed by employer representatives from the relevant sectors, working in conjunction with Sector Skills Councils.
For more about how The apprentice agency makes it easy for employers, providers and apprentices to find the right match for them, take a look at out How it works page.
For general information about apprenticeships, see the government's Apprenticeships website.
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