Here are our frequently asked questions from our employers when recruiting apprentices.
What hours can an apprentice work?
Young workers (under 19) must not exceed an eight-hour a day or 40 hour week. They are also entitled to paid holidays and rest breaks of at least 30 minutes if their shift lasts more than four and half hours. A candidate over 19 can work up to 47.5 hours per week.
Do apprentices need a contract of employment?
Yes, apprentices must have a contract of employment which lasts (at the very least) the same length of time as the apprenticeship being undertaken.
How much should I pay my apprentice?
Legally, apprentices under 19 years are entitled to £3.50 per hour. However, you may choose to pay the apprentice at a higher rate (and we would always support this) especially in the case of Level 3 Apprentices where they are performing an advanced role. Once an apprentice reaches 19 years of age and has completed the first year of their apprenticeship, the employer must pay the full NMW rate.
How long do apprenticeships last?
Level 2 apprenticeships last a minimum of 12 months from their Apprenticeship Start Date (please note that this may be different from the working start date) and that many L3 Apprenticeships last substantially longer – potentially 1-4 years.
What do apprenticeships include?
Apprenticeships usually consist of 5 elements:
- Technical Certificate: usually delivered in a classroom/workshop setting once each week during term time
- NVQ:assessed in the workplace once every six weeks and requires input from the employer. The learner performs business tasks under observation and builds up a portfolio of evidence
- Functional Skills Maths/English/ICT*: usually delivered on the same day as the apprentice is in college for their technical certificate
- Employee Rights and Responsibilities: a Workbook style element
- Personal Learning and Thinking Skills: a workbook style element which encourages the learner to be reflective about their work and study
Can anyone access an apprenticeship?
In theory, yes. However, all apprenticeship applicants will be invited to meet a curriculum specialist to ensure they are able to complete the course and that their job role matches the requirement of the apprenticeship. Students must achieve a minimum of L1 in Maths/English/ICT* and be working towards the completion of their L2 to complete a L2 apprenticeship (and complete their L2 Maths/English/ICT* for a L3 Apprenticeship).
What are the responsibilities of an employer?
- Provide West London’s College with a JD or completed Vacancy Template that we can map across to an appropriate qualification and/or advertise online for recruitment.
- Provide availability for interviews and to generally support your apprentice(s) in the workplace throughout the duration of their apprenticeship.
- Make sure an apprentice’s line manager is present at review meetings to ensure any issues or concerns are raised and to be fully aware of the progress of your apprentice.
What grants are available?
If you are a small business in London you may qualify for a grant of up to £1,500 per Apprentice when recruiting if it’s your first time recruiting. Get in touch with Evolve to find out more.
*Most Apprenticeships require Maths and English only.