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The Advantages

Advantages for Individuals Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience. If you are aged 16 or above, are driven to succeed in a particular industry and are willing to commit yourself to training and study, then an Apprenticeship could be the right career move for you.

Selby College is the largest provider of Apprenticeship training in the area and successfully works in partnership with a wide range of employers across Yorkshire and The Humber.

Advantages for Employers Work based learning through Intermediate, Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships is an excellent way to develop your business. Working to national standards, Apprenticeships will help you develop your employees' skills and experience. You could train your existing staff or employ new apprentices to help up-skill your workforce.

Age Grant - The £1,000 Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 18 years olds (AGE 16 to 18) aims to support businesses who would not otherwise be in a position to do so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 18 into employment through the Apprenticeship programme.

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Apprenticeship Wage

The national minimum wage for an apprentice is £4.30 per hour. This applies to all new apprentices aged under 19 and to those aged 19 or over in the first year of their apprenticeship. Those apprentices aged 19 or over who have already completed a year of their apprenticeship will be entitled to be paid at least the national minimum wage appropriate to their age.

The apprenticeship wage is the minimum that an apprentice must be paid. Many employers will pay more than this wage and if your role is to be developed through further training then your salary is not likely to change as you become an apprentice.

Apprenticeship Funding

Non Levy Employers

If the apprentice is aged between 16 and 18 the apprenticeship will be fully funded by the Government. For apprentices aged 19 and above, the employer will be required to contribute 5% of the training costs.

Levy Employers

If the employer is a levy payer then they will be required to pay the total cost of the apprenticeship training.

For more information on the employer contribution, please contact our Business Services Team on 01757 211097.

Did you know...

  • 2.4 million Apprenticeships were started in England during the last Parliament.
  • 19,400 traineeships were started between 2014 - 2015.
  • The Government invested £1,559,771 in Apprenticeships during the 2014/15 academic year.
  • Apprenticeship participation now stands at a record level of 871,800 funded Apprentices in 2014/15.
  • Apprenticeships are available in 1500 job roles, covering more than 170 industries.
  • More than 1300 employers are involved in designing the new Apprenticeships standards.
  • There are over 20,000 Apprenticeship vacancies available online at any one time at 'Find An Apprenticeship'.
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