What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a paid job where the employee learns and gains valuable experiences.

Alongside on-the-job training, apprentices spend at least 20% of their working hours completing classroom-based learning with a college, university or training provider which leads to a nationally recognised qualification.

An apprenticeship includes:

  • paid employment with holiday leave
  • hands-on-experience in a sector/role of interest
  • at least 20% off-the-job training
  • formal assessment which leads to a nationally recognised qualification

Who Can apply?

An apprenticeship is a great paid work opportunity for people over the age of 16 in England who are:

  • early in their career
  • looking to upskill in their current job
  • looking for a career-change
  • not in full-time education

What are the benefits to an apprentice?

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

  • 86% of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation
  • 78% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve productivity
  • 74% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve the quality of their product or service

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

How much do I have to pay an apprentice and how long for?

Apprentices have the same rights as any other employee and need to be paid minimum wage. The minimum wage for an apprentice is £4.30 for the first 12 months (this is for any age). If the apprenticeship takes longer than 12 months to complete you will be required to pay them the correct national minimum wage for their age.

What funding is available to me if I take on an apprentice?

Do I have to pay to use NEAT?

An apprenticeship is fully funded for 16-18 year olds. For apprentices 19+ the employer is required to pay a 5% contribution which for the Dog Grooming/ Animal Care Apprenticeship is £250

What is the apprenticeship Levy?

What is the process for taking on an apprentice?

Once you have found an apprentice you would like to take on you can find the enrolment process under the employer’s section of the webpage.

If you still need to find an apprentice we would recommend placing an advert on your social media outlets, job search sites etc

What do I need in place to take on an Apprentice?

You will need to registered as an employer and have a PAYE account set up. You will need relevant Health and Safety documents in place such as Risk Assessments and Employers Liability Insurance.

You may find the following video useful if you are not yet registered as an employer

  • PAYE and payroll for employers: Setting up payroll – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Once I have taken on an apprentice, how does NEAT support me?

Neat will complete an induction with the apprentice and the employer. You will have your own dedicated assessor as your point of contact through out your journey with us. Reviews will take place on a monthly basis however, we are available Monday – Friday 9:30- 4:30.

How do you monitor the work done by the apprentice?

All the work is completed via an online e-portfolio. The assessors use this to set and mark work completed by the apprentice. The employer also has access to this so they can also track the apprentices work. (If you do not know your log in to this please email admin@neatcollege.com)

Do I need to be near you to work with you?

No, we cover the whole of England!