Apprentices aged 16 -18 can be fully funded so that there is no training cost apart from the apprentice’s wages.

We can also access other funds to help towards the cost of the course for anyone over the age of 19, subject to availability. Each Apprentice is assigned a qualified assessor to support them through their programme of study. The assessor will come into the workplace at least once a month to work with the Apprentice and complete the assessments and knowledge units.



How long does an apprenticeship last?

Approximately 12 months

What is the normal apprenticeship working week?

Apprentices work a minimum of 30 hours a week. The average is usually 37-40 hours a week, so it fits in with the industry they work in. Please note, this does not include night work.

How much does it cost to have an apprentice?

An apprentice needs to earn a wage of £3.30 per hour.

What responsibility do I have for an apprentice?

Apprentices are treated like any employee and they have to adhere to your policies and procedures. As the employer, you must give your apprentices an induction into their role and provide on-the-job training. You are also responsible for paying the apprentices’ wages. An apprentice needs to have a manager at work that is responsible for helping them throughout their training.

Who interviews them?

The training provider will assess the learners’ suitability to a vacancy prior to sending them over to the employer. The employer will then interview learners following their normal recruitment procedures.

Where does the training take place?

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes; most of the training is ‘on the job’ – at your premises. Aspire will offer training too to the apprentice so they receive a good, solid base on which to grow.

Does the apprenticeship involve day release?

No, we provide our own bespoke, tailor-made training programmes to meet the needs of the employer and the young person so all training can be undertaken at the workplace.

Are there different levels of apprenticeships?

Yes, both Level 2 and Level 3 are available and they will depend on age of the apprentice and the skills already gained.