National Apprenticeship Week 2020 #NAW2020 #LookBeyond
We’re kicking this year’s National Apprenticeship Week off with a post explaining what Apprenticeships are. Over the years Apprenticeships have gained a stigma due to mis-information amongst other things – and we’re hoping to lay those rumours to rest. So here are some facts to give you an introduction to apprenticeships. #NAW2020 #LookBeyond
What are Apprenticeships?
Contrary to what some people think, Apprenticeships are real jobs. An apprentice must be employed for at least 30 hours per week. Apprentices also earn a wage whilst learning, so it’s a win-win.
Apprenticeships reward you with national recognised qualifications relevant to the occupation that you are training within. You can then use this qualification to unlock different avenues of work after you successfully complete the apprenticeship.
Apprenticeships typically last for 1 – 2 years. Apprenticeships can however last longer due to the apprenticeship being more technical, or if the apprenticeship is of a higher level.
They also include formal and informal, on and off the job training.
Are apprenticeships employees?
- Yes, Apprenticeships are in fact employees. Apprentices share the same rights as any other employees.
- They must also be employed for at least 30 hours per week to be classed as an Apprentice.
- There’s also the benefit to apprentices under 25 that they do not need to make National Insurance Payments.
- You also get holidays. As an apprentice you are granted at least 20 days of paid holiday leave. Just like a regular employee.
As an Employer hiring apprentices, what do I need to do?
As an Apprentice Employer, you are required to:
- Employ your apprentices for at least 30 hours a week and give them real work to do.
- Pay them at least apprenticeship minimum wage. Once 1 year passes and if they are aged 19 or over, their wage must go up to National Minimum Wage.
- Allow them time away from their regular duties in the workplace to complete their off-the-job training for their apprenticeship.
We hope we’ve enlightened you a bit about apprenticeships and debunked any myths you’ve heard. If you are an employer looking to up-skill your staff, or looking for an Apprenticeship, then get in touch today. Capital 4 Training specialise in levy solutions, training and Apprenticeships.
Join us tomorrow as we discuss the benefits of being an apprentice, from learning new and interesting skills to discounts you can obtain.
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