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Need an Apprentice?

If you want to recruit an apprentice

At South Cheshire College we can:

  • Recruit your apprentice by advertising the vacancy and shortlisting candidates
  • Devise a tailor made programme that suits the needs of you and your new apprentice
  • Carry out the right training either on-site or in College to ensure that the apprentice enhances your business
  • Ensure that the apprentice completes their qualification

High quality of work – Apprentices gain the training and skills relevant to their job role and your organisation
A good return on investment – Apprentices gain transferable skills and become invaluable members of staff
Industry specific training – Apprentices receive relevant practical training and valuable qualifications
Increase productivity
Widen your recruitment base
Allows you to ‘grow your own workforce’ and train them in the requirements of your individual company.

Employing an Apprentice

Employing an Apprentice is just like employing any other member of staff; they only become an Apprentice once they have signed up onto an Apprenticeship programme with a Training Provider like Total People.

The way you advertise, interview and employ an apprentice is entirely up to you, ensuring you get the right person for your organisation.

There are a few aspects that all employers must guarantee when employing an apprentice:

  • They should be employed for 30 hours per week and have a contract of employment
  • You must provide a safe and healthy working environment
  • You are required to release the Apprentice for their training (as required by their training plan)

Total People can work with you from start to finish in finding the right person for your business. Our team can help you write a detail job description, help you filter applications right through to signing the apprentice up!

You can advertise your vacancy on our website free of charge and our marketing team will actively promote your vacancy via social media and other marketing platforms.

Your vacancy will also be advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service’s website; Apprenticeship Vacancies.

Apprenticeship Vacancies is a national initiative supported by the government and is the Apprenticeship “one stop shop” for individuals to search and apply for Apprenticeships.
It allows employers to place vacancies to be marketed to the widest possible audience at no cost.
Before a vacancy is placed onto Apprenticeship Vacancies employers must be linked to a Training Provider like Total People.
This is done automatically by submitting your vacancy to Total People using the Apprenticeship Vacancies form.

How much you pay an Apprentice is entirely up to you, as it is for any of your other employees.
However, the minimum you must pay them is defined by HM Revenue & Customs which as from 1st October 2014 is as follows:

For Apprentices aged under 19: £3.30 per hour
For Apprentices aged 19 and over, but in the first year of their apprenticeship: £3.30 per hour

Once an Apprentice is 21 or over and not in the first year of their apprenticeship then they are eligible for the adult national minimum wage.

For more information on this please visit the HM Revenue & Customs’ website.


In partnership with The University of Oxford.