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 firstname.lastname@example.org