An apprenticeship is a real paid job with training, enabling apprentices to earn while they learn and to achieve nationally recognised qualifications. Where there are vacancies employers would consider an apprentice as it provides efficiency gains and at the same time they contribute towards developing the skills of an individual.
Any business, no matter their size, can access Apprenticeships which can last from 12 months to four years, depending on the type or level of the programme. All apprenticeship qualifications are nationally recognised and are equivalent to the relevant traditional qualifications. The biggest incentive for an employer is that the qualification is tailored to the role so there is minimum adjustments required to support the apprentice to achieve a full qualification.
Apprentices can be recruited through the government’s apprenticeship vacancy site, in discussion with apprenticeship providers (such as SFX), or can be current employees. Apprentices are employed to perform a specific job role and, within the same period, they would study the subject specific to their apprenticeship. Anyone who is already employed and wants to access an apprenticeship is able to do so with their employer’s consent and this would not in any way affect their employment contract.