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Are you looking to recruit an apprentice? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a guide to help you recruit the best apprentice candidates. In this guide, we’ll cover:

  • Researching training providers
  • Writing the perfect job description
  • Advertising your vacancies
  • What to look for in an apprentice candidate
  • Understanding an apprentices rights
  • The funding you’ll be entitled to and the apprenticeship levy
  • How to recruit an apprentice

Researching Training Providers

You’ve decided you want to recruit an apprentice but don’t know where to begin. You’ll first need to research training providers which offer apprenticeships relevant to your industry and organisation location.

Apprenticeships are offered across a wide range of industries. From business to landscaping, beauty and many more. New apprenticeship standards are being developed and some are already being delivered. A few training organisations offer training across all industries whereas others specialise in just one industry so it’s best to check this out.

Once you’ve found a training provider which provides training in your industry you’ll need to check whether they cover your location. Again, some training providers are national and some only cover an individual location.

training providers to recruit an apprentice

Writing the Perfect Job Description

The first thing a potential candidate will engage with is the job description. This is your chance to show your brands personality and ensure candidate success.

A job title is what an applicant will see first so make sure it’s clear and concise. Outline what the ideal candidate for the position is and make sure you list all the tasks which you will expect the apprentice to carry out. You’ll also need to list the apprenticeship qualification which will be received, the deadline date and a salary.

We spend a lot of time at work so in short: sell it!

Advertise your Vacancies

  • Training Provider
  • Perfect Job Description

Now it’s time to get the right applicants for your job. Careermap offers a number of ways to advertise your apprenticeship vacancies and promote your brand for the best results and candidates.

From advertising an apprenticeship programme to appearing on Careermap TV and across our social media channels or being in the limelight in Careermag. There are so many ways to gain exposure with our apprenticeship services.

Careermap advertises apprenticeships, graduate jobs, graduate programmes and courses. We’ll support you every step of the way. To find out more about advertising with Careermap you can contact:

What to Look for in a Potential Candidate

You’ve advertised your vacancy and have a number of candidates. It’s now time to choose the potential candidates you’d like to invite to an interview. Don’t overvalue experience and qualifications. Apprentices often have very little or no experience and allowances for this need to be made.

It’s important to remember that an apprentice is looking to you to gain workplace experience and qualifications beyond their GCSE results. Apprenticeship training with you is what will make your employer an experienced professional.

When you recruit an apprentice you’ll need to look for passion and enthusiasm. Your potential candidate needs to be willing to learn with a positive attitude to work. Don’t just go for the first candidate you interview (unless they are brilliant). Take full advantage of the interview process and make sure you pick new apprentices who you think will work well within your business.

candidate and employer shaking hands at an interview

Understanding an Apprentices Rights

As an employer, it’s important to understand the apprentice’s rights. Apprentices are normally young people and will need a contract of employment, a minimum of 20 days holiday plus bank holidays and a minimum of 30 hours per week including normal working hours and training.

The national minimum wage for an apprentice is currently £3.90 per hour which applies to 16-18 year old and those 19 years old and above but in their first year. 19 + year olds must be paid the national minimum wage for their age group in the second year.

contract of employment needed to recruit an apprentice

The Funding You’ll Be Entitled to and the Apprenticeship Levy

The government can help you fund your apprentice’s training. If your annual pay bill is over 3 million each year then you’ll be expected to contribute towards the apprenticeship levy. If you do not need to pay the apprenticeship levy then you’ll contribute towards 5% of the apprentices training and the government will pay the rest.

If you pay towards the levy you’ll be given funds to spend on training and assessments. The government will add a further 10 %.

plant growing out of coins showing the financial benefit of investing in an apprentice

How to Recruit an Apprentice

Now you know all the steps entailed in recruiting an apprentice it’s time to make a start. Take the hassle out of your recruitment process and find the best talent on the market by advertising your vacancy on Careermap.

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