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Apprenticeships for your business

If you’re looking to increase staff productivity and performance and grow your business, why not consider apprenticeships? Apprenticeships can be used to upskill your staff by supporting their professional development or teaching them skills that are of a higher level. Alternatively, you can hire an apprentice to increase your workforce.

Our varied apprenticeship offering covers most industries so it is likely that we have an apprenticeship available that works for you. From hairdressing to human resources, we hope to develop a skilled workforce for the entire region or Leeds and for you as an employer.

Employer incentive for hiring an apprentice

If you hire an apprentice between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021, you can receive up to £3,000 as part of the Government’s plan to support employers during the economic recovery.

  • If you hire a new apprentice aged 16-24 you will receive an incentive payment of £2,000.
  • For hiring an apprentice aged 25 or over you will receive an incentive payment of £1,500.
  • You will receive your payment directly into your bank account in two equal instalments and there’s no limit to the number of incentive payments you can receive!
Additional employer grants

You will also receive an additional £1,000 if you hire an apprentice aged 16-18 or an apprentice aged 19-24 who has previously been in care or has an Education and Health Care Plan.

Make the most of this plan by:

  • accessing 95-100% funding for apprenticeship courses
  • receiving unlimited cash grants – up to £3,000 per apprentice
  • avoiding apprenticeship recruitment fees with Leeds City College

Apprenticeship recruitment service

At Leeds City College, we have an experienced recruitment team that will help you develop successful apprenticeships for your staff. We work closely with employers and candidates to match the right person to the right job. To ensure this, all employers are allocated a member of the apprenticeship recruitment team and a business engagement advisor who will guide you through the process.

By allocating you specialist staff, we can tailor a process to your company’s needs. We can assist you with multiple aspects of apprenticeship recruitment including: writing job descriptions for your vacancies, advertising your opportunities on national job boards, sifting applications based on your specifications, supporting you with the paperwork for funding and more.

Our service is completely free so give the team a call today on 0113 284 6464 to find out more.

Our Partners

We have plenty of partnerships with leading employers that are seeking new talent. Although we keep our apprenticeship providers confidential if they wish to remain so, these are just some of our featured partners.

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    Do I have to pay the wages for the apprentice?

    Yes, you will need to pay an apprentice like any other member of your staff. The current national apprenticeship minimum wage is £3.90 per hour. Certain grants are available to some employers taking on an apprentice to help support with the payment of their wages. Details of these grants will be discussed with you prior to your recruitment of an apprentice.

    What is the difference between a standard and a framework?

    The standard was developed in-line with employers and focuses on the skills, knowledge and behaviour that a candidate needs to secure in the role. Frameworks are qualification- focused and are tailored around the aims of the awarding body. It can be confusing but your allocated business engagement advisor will find the right apprenticeship for your business.

    How do I recruit an apprentice?

    It’s your personal preference. You can recruit an apprentice by yourself, as you would any other member of staff for your company. However, if you want some help, we have a full recruitment team and service available to support you. For more information, email employers@leedscitycollege.ac.uk or call 0113 284 6464.

    I do not have time to write a job description. Is this something you can help with?

    Yes. Once you have sent an enquiry to the college, a business engagement advisor will be allocated to you. Your advisor will have experience in your sector and will be there to support you through the full recruitment process of your apprentice.

    What if my apprentice leaves?

    We hope to find you the right match for your job role but if the apprentice we place leaves, simply contact your allocated business engagement advisor to discuss options for a replacement. If you can’t find the details of your advisor, you can contact the main team on 0113 284 6464.

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