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Hire an Apprentice

Apprenticeships are an exciting option for both the apprentice and employer, and you can choose to hire someone new or upskill an existing employee using the scheme.

We're a recognised training provider of Apprenticeships with a Good Ofsted rating, varying in a range of industry sectors and Levels (2-5), proving an effective way to grow talent and devlop a motivated, skilled, and qualified workforce, bringing valuable skills into your business with the government's support

We can also support your business in offering work experience to young people in the form of a Traineeship, which would prepare them for an Apprenticeship or a job in your business, if you wish to offer them employment. 

As your chosen training provider, we'll manage the recruitment process on your behalf.

The benefits for your business

As an employer, you can adapt the apprentice's training according to the needs of your business. The apprentice is motivated to learn new skills and it is a great way to expand and upskill your 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

Financial incentives for employers

The government has increased incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice.

Employers can apply for a payment of £3000 for new apprentices of any age who have an employment start date of 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021. They must have an Apprenticeship start date of 1 April 2021 to 30 November 2021.

The UK government has announced an extension of the £3000 incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice until January 2022, for apprentices with an employment start date from 1 October 2021.

The incentive payment is in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice:

  • aged 16 to 18 years old
  • aged 19 to 24 with an education, health and care plan or who has been in the care of their local authority

Find out more about financial incentives for hiring a new apprentice or how apprenticeships are funded.

Funding an Apprenticeship

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. You pay the levy if you’re an employer with a pay bill over £3 million each year.

Speak to our Employer Advisors via phone or email to find out more about the government funding available to your business.

Employer responsibilities

You are responsible for:

  • giving your apprentice their contract of employment
  • paying your apprentice’s wage
  • signing an Apprenticeship Agreement

You will also need to create an Apprenticeship account, so that you’re able to receive funding to pay for Apprenticeship training and assessment costs.

You’ll use your account to:

  • get apprenticeship funding
  • find and save Apprenticeships
  • find, save and manage training providers
  • recruit apprentices
  • add and manage Apprenticeships

Levels of Apprenticeship available

Equivalent Education Level
Intermediate   2 5 GCSE Passes
Advanced   3 2 A Level Passes
Higher   4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation Degree and Above
Degree   6 and 7 Bachelor's or Master's Degree

Offering a Traineeship

Trainee work placements must last at least 70 hours, over 2 or more weeks, but can be up to 320 hours if your trainee gets benefits and you’re likely to offer them a job.

You do not have to pay trainees or give them expenses, but you can if you want to.

Together with LMC, you will decide:

  • what days and times the trainee will come to you for work experience
  • what they’ll do

You must give constructive feedback and advice during the placement, and give an exit interview and formal feedback at the end of the placement.

Contact us to learn more about offering a Traineeship. 

Contact us

To hire an apprentice in conjunction with Lancaster & Morecambe College, please get in touch with our Employer Engagement Team via phone or email so that we can support you in: 

  • identifying a suitable Apprenticeship programme for your existing workforce, to enhance skills, knowledge & behaviours of current staff
  • recruiting an apprentice new to the business, opening up the Apprenticeship route within your business. 

Alternatively, complete the Business Callback Request Form below: