Apprenticeships in Hertfordshire

Apprenticeships in Hertfordshire

Planning for business growth is the name of the game for many successful businesses, and a large part of that depends on having the right people in place at the right time. This involves bringing in new people and improving the skills and abilities of existing staff. Offering apprenticeships is a great way to do either.


What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a work based learning and training programme, lasting a minimum of 12 months which includes off the job study, and leads to competency in an occupation as demonstrated by achieving the apprenticeship standard defined by the employer. The Apprentice develops transferable skills, including English and maths, to progress and thus has more value in the workplace.

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Who can be an Apprentice?

  • Apprentices are aged over 16, and combine work and study for a suitable qualification ranging from GCSE or equivalent up to degree level. Check out the levels here
  • They can be new or current employees. For help  assessing your staffing needs 
  • They must work with experienced staff and learn job specific skills
  • They must spend 20% or more of their time in off-the-job training 
  • They must be paid at least the minimum wage and have the same rights as any other employee. 
  • Funding or grants for apprenticeships may be available. Check your eligibility for grants 

How is an Apprenticeship delivered?

Apprenticeships are delivered flexibly, with 80% of teaching, learning and assessment taking place within the workplace. The delivery method should be tailored to suit your business needs and the learning style and capability of your apprentice.


The steps to take if you are you considering hiring an Apprentice?

  1. If you are offering an apprenticeship to a current employee, then first register with the National Apprenticeship Service
  2. Check out the Apprenticeship Framework Online (AFO) for a suitable apprenticeship – the AFO details a huge range of apprenticeships across many occupations and at many different levels already designed by businesses like yours. It is also the place where all new frameworks are developed, so you can input and help create business specific options
  3. Find a training organisation that offers apprenticeships for your business, to handle training, qualification and assessment
  4. In some instances it may be suitable to advertise your apprenticeship - your training organisation will do this for you through the find an apprenticeship service. You can track your vacancies by registering as an employer.
  5. Select your apprentice
  6. Make an apprentice agreement with the person selected – see here for agreement examples
  7. If you cannot find a suitable framework, then you could become part of developing a new one through the Trailblazer process.