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 Employ an Apprentice


An Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training in the workplace, and classroom or workshop based learning at College. Apprentices gain job-specific skills, a nationally recognised qualification that is related to the job, and the opportunity to continuously improve their core English, maths and IT skills, if required. An Apprentice will be paid a wage by their employer and may be a new or existing employee.

Hiring an Apprentice will allow your business to develop an employee to work to your standards and follow your own tried and tested working methods. The results is a focused, skilled and qualified member of the team, who can strengthen the workforce and help take your business forward.​


You can employ an Apprentice in many different industry at Boston College including:

> Accounting

> Animal Care

> Beauty Therapy

> Bricklaying

> Business

> Carpentry and Joinery

> Catering and Hospitality

> Computing

> Construction

> Early Years

> Electrical

> Engineering

> Hairdressing

> Health and Social Care

> Motor Vehicle

> Plumbing

> Teaching


To find out more reasons why to employ an Apprentice with Boston College and the future of Apprenticeships, read our 'Employ an Apprentice'​ course guide. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​




Contact the Apprenticeship Team to discuss your vacancy and requirements on 01205 313238 or
We will ensure your vacancy is suitable for an Apprenticeship, suggesting any revisions which might help it work more effectively.
We will advertise your vacancy for FREE on the AVOL Apprenticeship website, and match it with any existing applicants on our database.
We will do the hard work for you, short-list candidates, organise paperwork (including an Apprenticeship agreement) and even arrange interviews.
We will help you and your Apprentice to choose the right mix of training to meet your combined needs.
To find out more...
Contact our Apprenticeship Team on 01205 313238 or
Changes to Apprenticeships...

As we enter 2017, Apprenticeships are facing the biggest changes to how they are funded and delivered for many years. 

Currently, Apprenticeships are funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), who provide funding directly​ to the training provider, i.e college and independent training providers. This allows businesses to employ Apprentices who are then trained to set criteria and earn a recognised trade qualification at the end. 

The changes to funding

The current SFA funding route will disappear and will be replaced by new methodology from 1st May 2017. 

From 6th April 2017, companies with a pay bill of £3million and above will pay a new Apprenticeship Levy of 0.5% as a tax. This money will then be available for the company to use to fund Apprenticeship training. 

Smaller companies will be able to access funds using the new Digital Apprenticeship Service that will cover 90% of the training costs. 

Companies with less than 50 employees will have 100% of the training costs for 16-18 year old Apprentices covered by the Government. 

The changes to Apprenticeship delivery

​The other major change is to the method of delivery and certification of the Apprenticeship. Current frameworks which have been used for many years are being replaced by the new Apprenticeship Standards that have been designed by a 'Trailblazer' group of employers from the relevant sector, i.e construction companies have supported the design of new construction related Apprenticeship Standards.

Your Questions Answered...

Q: How old does an Apprentice have to be?

A: An Apprentice must be at least 16 years old by the time they start an Apprenticeship. There's no age limit - an adult can train as an Apprentice too.


Q: Do I have to pay an Apprentice?

A: Yes. The current minimum wage for an Apprentice is £3.30 per hour but you can choose to pay your Apprentice more. This rate is for Apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. All other Apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.


Q: What are the terms of employment and working hours of an Apprentice?

A: An Apprentice must be paid for a minimum 30 hours week, which included any time being trained at College. They are employed by you under your employment contract which you will draw up on recruitment.


Q: How much will it cost?

A: If your Apprentice is aged under 19, the Apprenticeship delivery is fully funded and you incur no costs for the training. An employer contribution towards the cost is expected for Apprentices aged 19 and over - the level varies depending on the complexity and duration of the training.


Q: Is there any funding available to help recruit an Apprentice?

A: You may be entitled to a £1,500 Apprenticeship Grant from the Government if you have less than 50 employees and your Apprentice is aged 16 to 24. You can claim support for up to 5 Apprentices. Contact the Apprenticeship Team to discuss this further.


Q: How long does an Apprenticeship take?

A: It will depend on the individual Apprenticeship but it could take as little as 1 year, or up to 4 years.


Q: Where will the Apprentice be based?

A: For the majority of their time, an Apprentice will be at your workplace fulfilling their designated duties, with a requirement to attend College one day per week in term time. Attendance may be required at additional workshops where English, maths and IT skills need enhancing. In some cases the training is 100% work based. Please see individual course information on our website.


Q: What support will I receive?

A: At Boston College we have a dedicated Apprenticeship Team who will help you through the recruitment process and provide any advice you need. Our experienced teaching and assessing staff then take over providing you and your Apprentice(s) with the support required to successfully complete the programme.


Q: Can I train an existing member of staff through an Apprenticeship?

A: Yes, if your employee agrees, you can contact the College to discuss this further. Your employee will need to meet the entry requirements of the chosen Apprenticeship. All Apprentices have to take English and maths qualifications if they haven't already achieved the level that a particular Apprenticeship requires.


Q: What other pay or benefits will I need to provide?

A: You must pay your Apprentice for time spent training or studying for their Apprenticeship qualification, both at work or at College. You must offer Apprentices the same conditions as other employees working at similar grades or in similar roles, including: paid annual leave; sick pay; any company benefits such as childcare schemes; and any support you offer such as coaching and mentoring.


Q: Who do I contact for more information?

A: Contact the Apprenticeship Team for everything you need - call 01205 313242 or email