Frequently Asked Questions

Apprenticeships can help your employees work smarter, not harder, with the right skills. Developing an apprentice’s skills can help create a happier and healthier workforce, which aids retention and productivity.

Apprentices learn through a combination of on and off-the-job training. This hands-on approach to learning means they gain valuable industry experience.

We offer a wide variety of apprenticeships across a range of industry areas, including:

  • Personal Training
  • Community Activator Coach
  • Community Sport Health Officer
  • Leisure Team Member
  • Leisure Duty Manager
  • Early Years Educator
  • Teaching Assistant

This depends on the type of apprenticeship and the level. On average an apprenticeship can take up to 18 months, but may be longer for more advanced programmes.

When you recruit an apprentice you would pay them like any other member of staff. The minimum wage for a young apprentice is £4.14 per hour, however, most employers pay more in order to recruit the best candidates.

You will also be required to contribute to the training costs, which again vary based on the type of apprenticeship. However, there are a range of support and funding options available, including the Apprenticeship Levy for larger organisations.

Apprenticeships are not age restricted. As long as you are above the age of 16 you are eligible for an apprenticeship. However there are some apprenticeship pathways that may require a minimum age, therefore always best to check with your education provider first.

The Government has introduced a range of new incentives for employers to hire a new apprentice:

£3000 payment for each new apprentice they hire aged 19+

£3000 payment for each new apprentice they hire aged 16-18. These payments are in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the government already provides for new 16-18 year-old apprentices

These incentives are available from 1 April 2020 to 30th September 2021.

Depending on the type of apprenticeship the apprentice will learn through a combination of on-the-job learning and off-the-job training. Off-the-job accounts for 20% of the apprenticeship and will be delivered at your premises.

When you recruit an apprentice, it is a commitment for both the apprentice and you. You will need to support them every step of the way and work with your dedicated apprenticeship training consultant to ensure you are helping them achieve.

You will receive a dedicated training consultant who will guide you through the entire process. They will provide you with an apprenticeship delivery plan which will give you a step-by-step guide on what to expect along the way and all the support you may need.