Your questions answered

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is simply a job with accompanying work-based training, which has been shaped by prominent employers in your sector. It is an effective mix of learning in the workplace, formal ‘off the job’ training and the chance to embed new skills in a real work context.

Skills – tailored training allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and practical experience, developing the skills required for their immediate job and future career.

Competence – apprentices will be able to confidently and competently undertake a full range of duties appropriate to the job.


How long will it take to complete?

A typical intermediate level apprenticeship is delivered during a 12-month period, whilst advanced apprenticeships are completed in a minimum of 15-months.

‘Off the job’ – apprentices will need to be given a short time ‘off the job’ each week in order to concentrate on their learning and the completion of a portfolio to evidence their work.

Assessing – one of our expert assessors will also need to visit your workplace for a 2-hour appointment at least once per month.


Is it good for my business?

Apprenticeships ensure that your workforce has the practical skills and qualifications needed now and in the future. What’s more, studies have proven that consumers prefer to use companies that employ young people.

Reduced costs – apprenticeships lead to increased satisfaction as employees feel valued, with greater loyalty reducing recruitment, training and retention costs.

Greater productivity – dedicated and committed apprentices are proven to have a positive impact, with employees given the training and skills they need to improve business performance.


How much does an apprenticeship cost?

An apprentice aged between 16-18 is entitled to full government funding to cover the cost of their training, you will only need to pay their salary. If they are aged 19 years or above, you may be required to make a financial contribution.

Salary – you will need to pay your apprentice a salary reflective of industry rates and experience. Some employers pay a national apprenticeship minimum wage, whilst others choose to pay more.

Subsidy – you may be entitled to a range of local and/or national government subsidies to support you.


What support will I be given?

Our dedicated and experienced assessors will be on-hand to support you and your apprentices throughout the entire process. We’ll also advise you of any available grants to support the costs of employment and training.

Observing – we will observe and assess candidates in the workplace, planning and delivering vocational training programmes and examining portfolio-based evidence.

Feedback – our assessors will provide constant feedback and advice, whilst sharing the progress of each individual apprentice.


Where do I advertise my vacancy?

We’ll support you in the simple, straightforward means of advertising your apprenticeship vacancy nationally on

Traineeships – we can help you to undertake an extended interview process by the delivery of a traineeship programme for 16-24 year-olds.Work

Placement – we can also facilitate work placement opportunities for people of all ages who are eager, motivated, flexible and express a desire to work for your business.


Do I have to provide a contract of employment?

Yes, an apprentice is classified as an employee of your business, therefore they will be subject to your company policies and procedures like any other employee.

Managing – a particular apprentice may not work out as expected. It is advisable to include a probation period in any contract of employment and engage usual disciplinary procedures as required.

Holiday – apprentices are entitled to the same holidays as other employees within your business; the minimum being 20 days plus bank holidays. 


Why choose us?

APM is a leading international human services organisation delivering employment, injury management / vocational rehabilitation, assessment, allied health intervention and community care services.

Values we are a values-led organisation, providing an ethical service that supports businesses in their growth and development and helps candidates to realise their potential.

Personal – we have a proven track record of delivering high quality employment and training solutions, through a personal and employer-led approach.

What else do I need to know?

All apprentices must have an Apprenticeship Agreement in place with their respective employer. This can be used to reinforce understanding of therequirements of the apprenticeship.

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