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An apprenticeship is a paid job with training that enables your business to “grow your own talent”.

There are over 250 types of apprenticeships, covering more than 1,700 job roles. Applicants must be over 16 years old and employed for at least 30 hours per week, for a minimum of one year.

Taking on an apprentice?

You will need to provide the following:

  • The apprentice’s wage of at least £2.73 per hour (rising to £3.30 from October 2015), although employers may choose to pay more
  • Relevant supervision and support which includes an induction and relevant on the job training.
  • An apprenticeship agreement. This is similar to an employment contract and dates from the start of the apprenticeship

How we can help

  • We offer free and impartial support to businesses in Leeds.  We can:
  • Let you know what is involved in recruiting an apprentice
  • Keep you up to date with your obligations as an employer
  • Help to promote and advertise your vacancies
  • Work with you to recruit the best candidates
  • Put you in touch with a suitable Training Provider to co-ordinate the apprenticeship programme
  • In some instances we can employ the apprentice on your behalf (note: a fee is charged for this)

Support to businesses

You may also qualify for funding of £1,500 through an Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE grant) if you:

  • Have a workforce of less than 50 staff
  • Have not recruited an apprentice in the previous 12 months
  • Are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-24

For more information email or ring 0113 2475862

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