What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a full-time job coupled with a training programme. The training programme has been designed by leading UK employers to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of the job role.

Apprenticeships have been a staple of the Further Education sector for many years. Since 2012, the government have reviewed and reformed the way apprenticeships are structured, funded and assessed.

Apprenticeship “standards” sit at the heart of all new apprenticeship programmes. The standards have been developed by top UK employers, big and small, to outline the key knowledge, skills and behaviours required of competent professionals in their associated job roles. The guiding principle of these programmes is simple: take an individual and develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours in line with the standard. The apprentice will then sit their end-point assessment.

Apprentices are guaranteed to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours desired by employers – because they selected them! Likewise, employers will be growing their own talent in-house with a training programme that’s relevant to their industry and organisation.

These reforms placed employers at the centre of apprenticeship programmes. Youthforce are not just experts in workplace training provision. We have developed and implemented innovative methods to support employers with apprentices. We go above and beyond; working with industry experts to develop new content for our programmes and opportunities for our apprentices.

Employing an apprentice involves the following:

  • Employing someone for a minimum of 12 months
  • Paying a minimum £3.90 per hour for a minimum of 30 hours per week (approximately £5,400 per year)
  • Mentoring and managing the individual as you would any member of staff
  • Supporting their learning and development to increase their worth to your organisation

Our Course Overviews

“74% of employers say that apprentices improved products or service quality, and 78% say that they improved productivity. Apprentices become highly skilled even before they finish their training”

National Apprenticeship Service | 2018

“96% of employers with apprentices have experienced at least one benefit from taking on apprentices, and most can count at least 8 benefits”

National Apprenticeship Service | 2018

“69% of employers say that employing apprentices improved staff retention. 65% of apprentices stay working for the company that trained them when they complete their apprenticeship”

National Apprenticeship Service | 2018

“73% of employers say that staff morale is improved by having apprentices”

National Apprenticeship Service | 2018

“86% of employers said that apprentices helped to develop relevant skills for the organisation, and to fill the skills gap”

National Apprenticeship Service | 2018

“25% of consumers are willing to pay more for products from a business that employs apprentices.”

National Apprenticeship Service | 2018