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Have you considered employing an apprentice?

02 Dec 2019

Apprenticeships are a growing area.  Have you considered the opportunities apprenticeship routes provide for recruiting early years practitioners as well as upskilling or retraining your existing employed workforce?  It is a way for individuals to gain or increase valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role through a combination of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment. Apprenticeships help to develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce which in turn will increase employee satisfaction, reduce staff turnover and recruitment costs. 

Robust training has been developed to meet the criteria the Department for Education (DfE) set with people in the sector who know the job well and the employer can be hands on supporting the training and knowing what the apprentice is receiving.   New standards are being developed for level 2, 5 and 6 which will be ready to deliver within the next 12-18 months.  The government will pay 95% towards the cost of fees, unless your pay bill is over £3 million each year, in which case you would need to pay an apprenticeship levy.  

You can advertise apprentices vacancies for free on this website.  Further information can be found on the Government website.  Also read our factsheet for people interested in becoming an apprentice.  

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