It is sad that our summer holidays seem to be over too quickly and become just a distant memory. But, it is now September and everyone has gone back to work, hopefully, with bags of energy and enthusiasm. As well as those returning to work there are also school and college leavers looking for work as apprentices and we just wanted to remind businesses that if they are looking to hire an apprentice they shouldn’t leave it too late.
When should we hire an Apprentice?
Well, it’s the second week in September and GCSE and A Level results were received over a fortnight ago, festival season is over and travel agents have switched their shelves to ski brochures, so this really is a perfect time. For those hoping to go to university, the decision will have been made and plans will be underway to pack and join Freshers Week. For many others, the decision to do an apprenticeship will be taken instead and CVs will have been written and interviews will be underway. If you are an employer who has thought about hiring an apprentice then our advice is to do it now before you miss the boat. Leaving it too late means that you could miss that talented individual you need to help grow your business or fill the staff shortage that you are trying to manage.
What will it cost?
There have been some significant changes to the way apprenticeships are funded. If you are a small business (under 50 employees) and you hire a 16-18 year old then the apprenticeship is completely free – you will also receive some incentives from the government to help support you in the taking on an apprentice. If you do not fall into this category then the cost is a 10% contribution of the agreed costs. As an example, the maximum allowed cost, (all apprenticeships have a maximum charging limit set by the government), of a Business Administration apprenticeship, is £2500 so the employer contribution is £250.
How do we hire an apprentice?
It is a really straight forward process and the team at Yorkshire Apprentice are on hand to help you – for free! Fill in your details on our contact form or give us a call on 01423 740440. All you need to do in the first instance is to consider the job role and draft a short job spec. This will help us identify the right apprenticeship for your organisation. Your job can then be advertised on specific apprenticeship job sites.