Apprenticeship info for businesses

An apprenticeship is a competence based skill development programme, designed and endorsed by employers for their employees, which combines independently accredited work based learning, off the job training and relevant experience in the job. They can be used to train both new and existing employees and can take anything between one and four years to complete. Becoming an apprentice – Information how to get an apprenticeship and searching for opportunities.


The Apprenticeship Levy

The Apprenticeship Levy will be a levy on UK employers to fund new apprenticeships. In England, control of apprenticeship funding will be put in the hands of employers through the Digital Apprenticeship Service. The levy will be charged at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s paybill. Each employer will receive an allowance of £15,000 to offset against their levy payment. It will be introduced in April 2017.


The Apprenticeship Hub

The Apprenticeship Hub is a free and impartial business advice service to small and medium size businesses to support them in recruiting Apprentices, helping you understand what Apprenticeships are in 2015 and if they are suitable for your business -we will tell you when its not the right option as well. For companies who decide to recruit an Apprentice we can offer support and advice on selecting a Training Provider or a College to deliver the Apprenticeship for you as well as arming you with the information and questions you need to ask when engaging with the delivery partner. We will also help promote any Apprenticeship vacancies from across the Coventry and Warwickshire sub region through the Councils websites and social media platforms as well as directly to local Schools using our established relationships as the Local Authority. If you are interested in an Apprentice please have a look at the information on this page and then get in touch we us at or call us on 01926 412649


Employer Grant (AGE 16 to 24)

If you are a business employing up to 50 employees and interested in recruiting a young apprentice you could be eligible to receive the £1,500 grant. Employer Incentive (AGE 16 to 24) – more information

Types of apprenticeship

There are different levels of apprenticeship available:

  • Intermediate Apprenticeships for a level 2 qualification (equivalent to five GCSE’s grade A*-C)
    • Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2, Key Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification such as a BTEC. These provide the skills needed for the chosen career and support entry to an Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Advanced Apprenticeships for a level 3 qualification (equivalent to an A Level education)
    • Advanced apprentices work towards work- based learning qualifications such as a Level 3, Key Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based certificate  and are aimed at advanced skills and junior supervisory roles
  • Higher & Degree Apprenticeships for levels 4, 5, 6 & 7 qualifications
    • Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are vocational  paths to achieving a graduate level or above qualification.  Available from level 4-7 these Apprentices are growing as industry recognize the need and strengths of developing their own staff and allowing professional membership and recognition through a vocational  route.

Training provided for an apprentice

As apprenticeships are work-based training programmes, most of the training is ‘on the job’ in a business. The rest can be provided by a local college or by a specialist learning provider, or undertaken by the business themselves.

Guidance on selecting a training provider (pdf, 19kb)

Directory of Apprenticeships – Coventry & Warwickshire (pdf, 3,527.6 Mb)>

Working hours

Employment must be for at least 30 hours per week, except in the minority of circumstances where the learner cannot complete the full 30 hours. In these cases employment must be for more than 16 hours per week.

Apprentice pay

The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is currently £3.40 per hour.  The wage applies to time working, plus time spent training that is part of the Apprenticeship.

This minimum wage applies to all apprentices aged under 19; and apprentices aged 19 or over in the first year of their Apprenticeship.  All other apprentices are entitled to at least the National Minimum Wage for their age.

Employers are free to pay above this wage if they wish and the Governments National Apprenticeship Service report the average Apprenticeship salary £8,840 a year (£170 a week).  Its worth looking at what other local employers are paying their young people when your recruiting and bearing this in mind when setting your rate. 

The business case for taking on an apprentice

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) have researched the benefits to business in recruiting an apprentice.

CIPD Business Case (pdf, 901kb)

We have also developed case studies from employers of different sizes and sectors across the sub region discussing why they take on Apprentices.

More information

 National Apprenticeship Service – more information on apprenticeships. Alternatively, call them on 08000 150 600.

Apprenticeship Case Studies – Case studies of employers in Coventry & Warwickshire who recruit Apprentices

Apprenticeship info for businesses was last updated on December 5, 2016.