At Pathway we know that Apprenticeships are an excellent alternative for young people in comparison to the more traditional academic routes of gaining a qualification. We also know that recruiting apprentices as part of your workforce can really drive growth in organisations.
Apprentices have bags of enthusiasm for their chosen area and are dedicated hardworking employees. They’ll really want to impress their employers, pass their apprenticeship with flying colours and move on in organisations.
At Pathway, our dedicated apprentice recruitment team will do a lot of the hard work for you so you don’t have to. We will take care of the marketing of your vacancy through a number of portals, we’ll carry out the screening of applicants so you don’t have to, we’ll even interview them before we put them forward to you so you can be safe in the knowledge that when they turn up at your organisation, they’ve already been through interview stages and will be the best of the best.
Apprenticeships don’t have to start with recruiting an apprentice. Organisations can also have their existing employees go through one of the training courses that we offer at Pathway. This is a great way of upskilling your existing workforce, offering them some commitment, and also improves staff turnover.
If your organisation is ready to recruit an apprentice, or even if you would like your existing workforce to take up a qualification or training course, get in touch with our dedicated team at Pathway for more information.
Pay & Hours
There are now a number of employee/employer relationships that exist and differ from the traditional 9-5 employment and apprenticeships differ in length from 12 months to 4 years.
Apprentices must be paid the apprenticeship minimum wage or more with currently stands at £3.50 per hour and should be employed for at least 30 hours per week. Any apprentices aged 19 and over and are in the first year of their apprenticeship also must be paid the apprenticeship minimum wage of £3.50 or more. If the apprentice is aged 19 or over and has completed their first year on the programme, then the national minimum wage for their age range must then be paid.
There are of course regulations for young people in employment for example; workers under the age of 18 must not exceed 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week and they are also entitled to paid holidays and rest breaks.
Given the correct support from organisations, and from Pathway, apprentices are a great addition to any workforce.
Apprentices are employees and they need to be subject to the same terms and conditions and any other employee in an organisation. These can be and are not limited to;
- Health and Safety Requirements
- Employer/Public Liability Insurance
- Safeguarding Policies
- Equality & Diversity
- Terms & Conditions of Employment
- Grievance & Disciplinary Procedures
- Notice & Termination
In addition, there are some other areas of responsibility that employers must adhere to as part of an apprenticeship agreement. These are and are not limited to:
- Carrying out a thorough induction into the workplace
- Provide the apprentice with the time to study during work hours towards their apprenticeship
- Provide Off-The-Job learning opportunities
- Engaging with Pathway throughout the apprenticeship journey
- Allowing training staff access to the apprentice to conduct training and assessment
The government have set aside funds to enable organisations to benefit from recruiting apprentices not just in terms of adding to the existing workforce, but by the means of financial incentives. Up until 31st July 2017, organisations may find that they are entitled to the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers. This is subject to terms and conditions that need to be met which our specialist team will be able to advise on.
There are also incentives for employers who, over the course of the previous 12 months, have an average workforce of 49 or less. For these employers, an incentive payment of £1000 is payable if an apprentice aged 16-18 is recruited. In addition, if an apprentice aged 19-24 who is a care leaver, is recruited, an incentive payment of £1000 is payable.
These are fantastic incentives to cover some of the additional costs the additional training and support that these groups of apprentices can incur.
Our team of advisors are on hand to guide you through the recruitment and incentive process.