As an employer you must induct your apprentice into their role and provide on the job training. You are responsible for paying your apprentice’s wages and issuing their contract of employment. As an employee, your apprentice has the same rights as your other employees.
As a business you will need to allocate a member of staff to act as a mentor to your apprentice. You will also need to allocate them time, during the working day to meet their apprentice coach (this will usually take place in the work place) so progress can be reviewed.
It is crucial that apprentices learn new skills by providing 20% Off-the-job training ( 1 day). This must be provided that is relevant to the apprenticeship standard and can include:
- the teaching of theory through lectures
- online learning
- practical training; shadowing; mentoring
- industry visits and attendance at competitions
- learning support and time spent writing assessments/assignments
Apprentices must be paid at least the apprenticeship national minimum wage. Apprentices who are under 19 or who are over 19 and in the first year of their apprenticeship must be paid a minimum of £3.50 per hour, although we strongly recommend that you pay your apprentice a good wage – as research shows that pay is a key factor influencing completion and retention rates.
Most apprentices, unless they are part of your workforce already, will be relatively new to the world of work, so the way they are managed is crucial. Just like your other employees, good management and close supervision will help your apprentice to develop more quickly.