Are you an employer of apprentices or planning to be?

Higher/Degree Apprenticeships offer employers the chance to upskill existing employees or to bring new recruits into the business so it's important you are prepared for working with an apprentice.

This quick guide covers your key responsibilities as an employer of an apprentice.

  • You must give your apprentice on-the-job training, including an induction into the role.
  • You are responsible for issuing your apprentice's employment contract and paying their wages
  • Your apprentice is an employee so must receive the same benefits as other employees.
  • You must pay at least the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage.
  • Your apprentice must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week.
  • You must have an Apprenticeship Agreement in place between you (the employer) and the apprentice.

There are other things to consider as an employer offering Apprenticeships, and our job at the Apprenticeship Hub is to ensure you're informed.

  • You need to ensure your apprentice has opportunities to get relevant experience in the workplace so they can achieve their Higher or Degree Apprenticeship. Our Skills Coaches will work with you and your apprentice to help you and discuss progress.
  • You should factor in that apprentices have to have 20% off-the-job training - this could be attending University or time away from their normal day-to-day duties but in the workplace.
  • By partnering your apprentice with a good mentor in the workplace, you will help to aid your apprentice's development and attainment.
  • You should provide a safe environment and ensure safeguarding is in place for all apprentices.

Do you have more questions? 

To find out more about how Apprenticeships can help your business, and your role as an apprentice employer, contact our expert team at the Apprenticeship Hub.