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What is an apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a way for people aged 16+ to earn while they learn in employment, whilst gaining the relevant qualification. The Apprenticeship is structured to build the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for your workforce, the Apprentice will usually attend College 1 day per week. Apprenticeships are available to businesses of all sizes and sectors in England, and can last from between 12 months to 4 years.

What are the benefits of hiring an apprentice?

Hiring an apprentice is an effective way to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Other benefits of working with apprentices include:
  • you can adapt their training according to the needs of your business
  • they’re motivated to learn new skills
  • you can expand and upskill your workforce

Who can become an apprentice?

An apprenticeship is suitable for people at any level so you can hire someone new or upskill an existing employee.

An apprentice must:

  • be 16 or over
  • not already be in full-time education
  • be living in England

What apprenticeships do Harlow College offer?

We offer apprenticeships in:

  • Accounting
  • Aircraft Maintenance
  • Brickwork
  • Business Administration
  • Carpentry & Joinery
  • Early Years Practitioner/Educator
  • Electrical Maintenance & Installation
  • IT
  • Laboratory Technicians
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Motor Vehicle – Light and Heavy Vehicle
  • Plumbing

Many of our training programmes offer variable start dates throughout the year.

What training will the apprentices receive?

Your apprentice will receive two types of training:

  • Off-the-job training - is delivered by the college during your apprentice's normal working hours and will teach your apprentice the required knowledge, skills and behaviours to do their job effectively.
  • On-the-job training - will be delivered by you, as the employer. Your apprentice will spend time in the work place developing their knowledge, skills and behaviours in practice.

Your apprentice may also need to study Maths and English as part of their apprenticeship. You must allow your apprentice time to study for this within their normal working hours.

Employer incentives

You can get £1,000 to support your apprentice in the workplace if one of the following criteria applies:

  • 16 to 18 years old
  • 19 to 25 years old with an education, health and care plan
  • 19 to 25 years old and they used to be in care

If your apprentice is eligible, you will receive the payment in 2 instalments of £500. You will get the first payment after 90 days and the second one after a year. Speak to a member of our Apprenticeships Team to find out the full details.

Is there a cost to the employer for the training an apprentice receives?

You can get help from the government to pay for apprenticeship training. The amount you get depends on whether you pay the apprenticeship levy or not. To find out more please click on the link below and complete the questionnaire:

Support available

Our Apprenticeships Team can support you every step of the way with your Apprenticeship journey. From the application, interviews to setting up your apprenticeship service account. We’re also hear to answer any questions!

To contact our Apprenticeship Support Team:

Call 01279 868240


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