Recruiting an apprentice

Employing an apprentice might seem like a big undertaking. With our help and experience it’s never been easier to add to your workforce.

What should I know?

There are a few basic things to be aware of before you commit to employing an apprentice.

Firstly, employing an apprentice is exactly that – a commitment. As their employer you are offering your apprentice a place to learn, train and develop their practical skills whilst contributing to your business alongside your other employees, and this is is a process that can take some time. Typical apprentices can take up to four years to qualify completely.

Secondly, apprentices are not entitled to special benefits. Aside from the additional time they require for mentoring, they are subject to all the same policies and procedures as your other employees, including holiday entitlement, disciplinary procedures and overtime.

Thirdly, apprentices must be paid in line with National Minimum Wage requirements. You can find out more about this on the Gov website.

Our apprenticeship programmes are require an element of off-the-job training. This takes place at our centre in Pyle. Rates of attendance will vary depending on the programme. Ask a member of the team for more information on this. 

We are contractually required to carry out a health and safety appraisal on your premises before your apprentice is enrolled. We will also ask for a copy of your up-to-date Employers Liability Insurance.

Apprenticeships are interactive programmes that will require your active input in the form of reviews, regularly carried out by us over the course of the training.

How do I get started?

If you’re ready to recruit, just get in touch! Our Business Development team will guide you through the process. XR offers free recruitment services to all employers.

We are dedicated to making education available to all, to delivering learning programmes and services that will meet the needs of the people we train and the companies we support.

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