Taking on an Apprentice can make a real and positive contribution to your organisation. By training over 700 apprentices each year we have the experience to support our local business community, many of whom may be taking on an apprentice for the first time.

Furness College works in partnership with a large number of employers in the area, supporting large employers, small to medium sized employers as well as a number of self-employed people who may be taking on an employee for the first time.

The engineering sector continues to engage large numbers of people but there is growth of this traditional work based route across many other sectors including hospitality and catering, accountancy and business.

Why employ an apprentice? 

  • They support businesses, by helping them grow by reducing training and recruitment costs
  • They increase productivity and the bottom line
  • You develop a skilled, motivated and qualified workforce
  • You improve customer service results
  • They provide financial return on investment

Why choose us?

  • The College has one of the highest success rates for apprenticeships in the country
  • 100 per cent of our apprentices are employed
  • We assess every apprentice to make sure they are responsible and are committed to doing their best
  • Our assessors regularly visit their apprentices to monitor and discuss their progress
  • We employ a professional team of business development coordinators and work based assessors who will support you and your apprentice every step of the way, ensuring a consistently high level of service

What are the cost implications?

Like all employees, apprentices must still receive a wage. The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is £3.30 per hour. However, as skills develop, many employers tend to increase wages. It is important to remember that there is also an investment and cost linked to the supervision, support and mentoring that you will need to put in place to support the apprentice.  

Employers must comply with National Minimum Wage legislation as set by HMRC. As an employer you must make sure all your Intermediate Level or Advanced Level apprentices are being paid at least £3.30 for all the time they are on their apprenticeships. This includes time working plus the time spend training both on and off the job. This includes time at college. Apprentices aged 19 or over who have already spent a year on their Apprenticeship must be paid at least the full National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate appropriate to their age.

The rate is set to be consistent with current arrangements in parts of the UK. The Low Pay Commission has recommended a rate that is fair to apprentices and does not discourage employers from offering Apprenticeships. The Government has accepted the rate recommended. The rate is a minimum, employers can pay more – and many do so. The NMW rates are reviewed each year by the Low Pay Commission.  

Please note - the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s national living and minimum wage will rise on 1 April 2017.  From this date, the new national minimum wage for apprentices aged under 19 (or aged 19 or over and in their first year of their apprenticeship) will rise to £3.50.

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