Ever considered starting an Apprenticeship or taking on an apprentice? There are lots of benefits for both the employer and the employee.

We’ve highlighted some of the main points:

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a work-based programme that helps someone learn and develop the skills they require to do the job whilst working for an employer.Mechanic

There are different levels of Apprenticeship:

  • Intermediate – Level 2
  • Advanced – Level 3

A Level 2 Apprenticeship is equivalent to 5 GCSEs.

A Level 3 is equivalent to 2 A-Levels.

During an Apprenticeship, as well as completing an NVQ the apprentice will take part in Functional Skills training to help improve their literacy and numeracy skills.

What are the benefits?

Here are some of the main benefits for the employer and the apprentice:


  • A more engaged work force – 88% of employers that employ an apprentice believe they lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.
  • Employing an apprentice improves the image of the company.
  • Lower staff turnover and reduced recruitment costs – the requirement for advertising skill-related vacancies is reduced, as these positions are filled through Apprenticeships.
  • Improved efficiency – 72% of businesses that employ an apprentice report an increase in their productivity.
  • Government funding available – A possible £1500 to employers with no more than 50 staff who have not taken on an apprentice in the last 12 months (AGE Grant).


  • Gain industry training whilst on the job, putting the skills you learn straight into practice.
  • Acquire knowledge from industry experts.
  • Earn a wage while learning.
  • Build up skills within a company, in the ways that they want to train you.
  • Develop a career in the sector you want.

What is expected?

These are the main expectations of the employer and apprentice during the course of the Apprenticeship.


The employer is required to support and mentor the apprentice by passing on their skills and knowledge. Some time will be needed by the apprentice for off-the-job training and to study and work towards their qualification. The employer should meet with the apprentice and their assessor regularly to discuss their progress.


An apprentice learns in the workplace and is expected to work to a standard that is required by the employer and the National Curriculum. A small amount of time will be spent by the apprentice to produce evidence for a portfolio. This is to demonstrate competence to a level that meets the national standard for that field.

Other Information

Apprenticeships have their own National Minimum Wage, which is £3.30 for all ages in their first year. After completion of their first year apprentices aged 19 and over are then subject to the National Minimum Wage for their age group. Exact amounts can be found on the Government website using this link:

N.B. All statistics are taken from CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).

Further information on Apprenticeships can be found on these websites:


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