FAQs for Employers

The government is encouraging employers to support young people in quality apprenticeships by providing additional funding incentives:

  • To offset the Levy contribution, the government provides an allowance of £15,000 to Levy-paying organisations.
  • If you employ a 16- to 18-year-old apprentice, you will receive £1,000 to  help meet training costs.
  • The £1,000 payment also applies if you employ a 19- to 24-year-old apprentice who was formerly in care or has an Education and Health Care plan.
  • Those employers who contribute to the Levy benefit from a 10% top-up to their Digital Service Account.
  • If employers use up all of their Levy funding pot, they only need co-invest 10% for additional apprenticeships training, the government will fund the balance of training cost.
  • Employers with a wage bill of less than £3 million do not contribute to the Levy but are required to co-invest 10% of training costs with the government funding the balance.

There may also be grants available from your local authority for apprenticeships.

CCCT has worked with more than 500 organisations in the public and private sectors and will be your partner and main contact for the duration of the apprenticeship. You don’t need a dedicated or in-house recruitment team – CCCT will help you hire an apprentice for the first time or expand your teams with an ongoing apprenticeship programme. We’ll help you access available funding, customise your apprentice’s training programme and administer the whole process – from recruitment to appointment.

Like all employees, apprentices must receive a salary relevant to the job that they are doing. For more information about the apprenticeship and national minimum wage please refer to the GOV.UK website for the most up-to-date information.

You will be expected to pay your apprentice the minimum wage of £3.40 an hour for the first 12 months of the apprenticeship. You can also choose to pay the apprentice more.

Employers do not have to make National Insurance contributions for apprentices under the age of 25.

An apprenticeship is work-based training. Learners are fully employed, and paid while they work towards a nationally recognised qualification. Training is mainly in the workplace with support through a day or block release programmes at a registered training provider. Training is delivered through a combination of on-the-job mentoring, in-house training and online learning. Assessment is done through work-based observation, a portfolio of achievements and other evidence of learning.

To complete an apprenticeship you must be employed a minimum of 30 hours per week. The apprenticeship involves on the job training with either a day or block release training programme at a registered training provider.

Apprentices are new recruits or current employees aged 16 or over and learn skills and industry knowledge while they are working. Apprenticeships give your business the advantage of a qualified workforce, trained to industry standards. They provide targeted, role-specific, on-the-job training that can unlock innovation and motivation that can boost productivity and grow your business. A sustainable apprenticeship programme that employs young people in your local community can also help to fulfil your corporate social responsibility ambitions.

Apprenticeship training is mainly in the workplace with support through a day or block release programme with a registered training provider. Training is delivered through a combination of on-the-job mentoring with more experienced employees in your workplace, with one-to-one teaching and training sessions at the workplace with a tutor each month.

Apprenticeships take a minimum of twelve months and up to five years to complete, depending on the level of apprenticeship and the industry sector. For example, an Intermediate level 2 apprenticeship usually takes around twelve to eighteen months and an advanced level 3 apprenticeship around twenty-four months.

Your apprentice’s trainer will assess their achievements through work-based observation, a portfolio and other evidence of learning.

Apprenticeship training is for anyone in England aged 16 years old and above, whether employed, unemployed or leaving school, as long as they have not already completed a qualification in a similar role.


An apprentice can be a new recruit, hired to fill a skills gap in your organisation. Or you can enrol an existing employee onto an apprenticeship to develop their skills in their role or provide clear career progression.

An Apprentice Agreement is part of the employment contract that you will sign with your apprentice at the start of the job. It details the relevant skills, trade or occupation related to the apprenticeship and confirms the designated apprenticeship standard under which your apprentice is working.

There are no formal qualifications needed to do an apprenticeship. As an employer, you may want your apprentice to have GCSEs Grade A - C in English, Maths and Science. To receive government funding, you must meet the eligibility criteria set by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

 

There are lots of apprenticeships available across many different sectors. To ensure that industry standards are met and maintained, each occupation is defined by an Apprenticeship Standard. Apprenticeship Standards are designed by employers to ensure that the training programme and assessment plan meet the needs of the specific role as well as the broader sector and wider economy. The Standard outlines the core skills, knowledge and behaviours required for a specific role in a particular industry sector. It details the relevant mix of training and assessment needed to meet a recognised qualification, including the entry requirements, level and length of study, planned progression, assessment and certificates awarded.

CCCT works with you to make sure that your apprentice’s role fits the appropriate Apprenticeship Standard.

There are many different apprenticeships for a wide range of industries.

Apprenticeships are designed for full-time work for between 30 and 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. The working day should be no more than 8 hours.

The apprenticeship qualifications can include:

  • Functional skills: enhancing skills in English, Maths and IT if needed
  • Qualification and Credit Framework (QCFs): credits that accumulate to form qualifications
  • National vocational qualification (NVQ): focuses on skills, knowledge and competences needed in the day-to-day job
  • Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC): assesses knowledge and understanding of the job and industry
  • Employee rights and responsibilities
  • Personal learning and thinking skills.

At the end of the training, your apprentice will receive a certificate for each qualification, as well as an overall apprenticeship standard certificate.

The options of weekend and overtime work will depend on you as the employer. If you expect your apprentice to work shifts, evenings, weekends and public holidays, you should confirm this in the Apprenticeship Agreement which is signed by you and your employee before they start in the role. The total working week must not be more than 40 hours.

A technical certificate is equivalent to five good GCSE passes (level two) or two A Level passes (advanced level). Examples: City and Guilds, Council for Awards in Children's Care and Education (CACHE), Education Development International (EDI) and Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT).

Apprentices receive the same entitlements as other employees, including annual leave, sick leave, public holidays and work breaks. Statutory annual leave is 28 days per year; some employers might subtract the eight public holidays from this annual allowance. Sick leave is the same as for other full-time employees.

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are competency-based qualifications. Many employers allow their staff to study for NVQs in work time. They're available in levels 1 to 5 so you can start at a level suitable for you and work your way up. NVQs are recognised throughout the UK and are achieved through on-the-job training, recording what you do at work, often a work-related project.

Our recruitment team will work with you to determine the time your apprentice needs to attend training and workshops outside the workplace each month. This will be clearly set out before your apprentice starts in their role.

The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is a framework for creating and accrediting qualifications. Qualifications that use the QCF rules are made up of units that accumulate to build a qualification. Units can be awarded by different organisations. Each unit has a credit value with credits awarded when a unit is completed. One credit will usually take ten hours of learning. There are three different types of QCF qualifications: Award, Certificate and Diploma. You can achieve an Award with one to 12 credits; a Certificate with 13 to 36 credits; and a Diploma with at least 37 credits. Units and qualifications are each given a level according to their difficulty, from entry level to level 8.

During the first months in a new role, an apprentice needs direction, support and supervision from your more experienced team members. They will need to shadow more qualified staff and receive feedback to gain the right skills as they work. And they will need time in the workplace each week (up to two hours) dedicated to completing a work-related project as part of their apprenticeship training. But as they progress through the training and they become more competent, they will need less support.

CCCT’s team is available to support you at each stage of the training. We’ll work with you at the outset so that your expectations are clear and all your questions are answered.

Apprenticeships take a minimum of twelve months and up to five years to complete, depending on the level of apprenticeship and the industry sector. For example, an Intermediate level 2 apprenticeship usually takes around twelve to eighteen months and an advanced level 3 apprenticeship around twenty-four months.

Your apprentice is the same as your other employees. If things are not working out, you will follow your own internal processes. CCCT will help you throughout to manage expectations and ensure that you are fully supported for the duration of the apprenticeship. If it turns out that your apprentice is not suitable for the job, we will help you find a replacement candidate for the training.

CCCT will help you at every step of the recruitment process, finding you the best talent by searching for talent, screening applications and interviewing applicants.

Once your apprentice has successfully completed the training, they will have a recognised qualification. You can let your apprentice move on to other employment or you can choose to continue employing the person in their current role or use the qualification to progress within your organisation.

Apprenticeships can be funded training, supported by the Apprenticeship Levy.

The training itself may be fully funded by the government depending on the age of the apprentice. If the young person is aged between 16-18 years old the training will be fully funded and many over the age of 18 will be partially funded.

The size of your company affects the amount of funding you receive and whether you need to contribute to the Apprenticeship Levy.

CCCT is committed to equality and diversity. We ensure that additional support is available to apprentices with learning difficulties or physical disabilities and we can provide additional resources as needed to support learning. Talk to CCCT’s apprenticeship team about your apprentice’s requirements.