For you, the employer

Employing an apprentice

If you're struggling to recruit people with the right skills and experience you need, or you have an ageing workforce with valuable skills to pass on - an apprentice may be the best solution for your business.

By working with our team of experts, we can help tailor apprenticeship programmes to your requirements. Giving you flexibility and the ability to fast-track young people into your future management team. 

We can help employers with apprenticeship training and recruitment through The Skills Hub Kent and Medway.  

This brand new partnership between two of Kent’s largest and most successful colleges, MidKent College and North Kent College gives you a huge variety of training options across the whole of north and mid Kent, as well as South East London. 

We can offer the following FREE services to employers:
  • Help regarding the Levy and funding

  • Training needs analysis

  • Apprentice recruitment service

  • On-going dedicated support and specialist advice from our assessors and business advisors

If you need advice on how to recruit and train an apprentice, information about the new Apprenticeship Levy or how to move existing employees onto apprenticeship programmes, please email us  or call us on 01322 629400 and we can help you through the process.

The Latest Government information about the new Levy can be found here. They also have some handy video content on using your Levy here.

There are three levels of apprenticeship available:

  • Intermediate Level 2: equivalent to five A* to C’s at GCSE
  • Advanced Level 3: equivalent to two A Levels
  • Higher Level 4 & 5: equivalent to an HND or Foundation Degree

Key benefits

  • Larger employers who take on an Apprentice, only pay their salary. Your Apprenticeship Levy (0.5% of your payroll) will pay for their training course costs.
  • If you don't pay the Levy and take on a 16-18 year old, their training costs are FREE - the Government pays this. If they are over 19 years old, you only pay 10% of the cost and the Government picks up the other 90%.
  • Over 80% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive.
  • 81% of consumers favour using a company that takes on apprentices.
  • There is a National Minimum Wage for apprentices. However, many employers prefer to pay more and research shows that the average salary is approximately £170 - £210 per week (as at February 2014).
  • There are more than 250 different types of apprenticeships available, offering over 1,400 job roles. 
  • 92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.    
  • 83% of employers who employ apprentices, rely on their apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future.
  • One in five employers are hiring more apprentices to help them through the tough economic climate.

Visit the Skills Hub Kent & Medway for further information, including how the Apprenticeship Levy works, how to recruit an apprentice and how to find the right apprenticeship training programme to fit your organisation.