Apprenticeships can take between one and five years to complete. The actual length depends on the programme, level and any prior experience.
3. Is there an upper age limit for apprenticeships?
No, you can become an apprentice at any age.
4. Can I pay my apprentice more than the national minimum wage?
Of course, the guide is a minimum payment and the salary can be set by the employer.
5. Is there a limit to the number of apprentices an employer can have?
Not at all, you can have as many apprentices as you need as long as you can support them through the training.
6. Do apprentices pay tax and national insurance?
Yes, as they are over 16 and in employment.
7. Are apprentices eligible to maternity leave?
Yes, apprentices are entitled to statutory maternity leave.
8. What about holiday entitlement?
All apprentices must have a minimum of 20 days holiday per year, plus bank holidays.
9. What happens when the apprentice finishes their course?
You can decide to continue employing them in a full-time role, or they might decide to do the next level of the apprenticeship with you or a new employer.
10. How much does it cost to recruit an apprentice?
Find out more about levy payments, funding and incentives here.
11. Are current employees able to do an apprenticeship?
Yes! Higher-level management qualifications are a great way to invest in staff that show potential. There are lots of options to support staff already in a role, get in touch with us talk through the details.
12. How much time do they need for off-the-job training?
20% of your apprentices paid time must be dedicated to ‘off-the-job’ training such as assessments, course work and exams.