The Linden Management team are proud to be supporting National Apprenticeship Week which will take place between the 8th and 14th of February 2021. During the week, there will be a series of showcases from apprentices, employers and providers highlighting how apprenticeships have developed workforce skills and supported businesses through the unprecedented trading period of 2020.

During these challenging times Apprenticeship training providers, Linden Management have adapted their learning experiences through a variety of digital and online platforms, which are expected to be showcased during National Apprenticeship Week 2021.

With businesses and employees alike looking to develop their skills gaps in preparation for 2021, the Linden Management team have put together some recently asked questions about the suitability of Apprenticeships from businesses and potential Apprentices.

Recently asked question from potential Apprentices.

I’ve recently graduated but can’t find a job, can I do an Apprenticeship? The short answer here is Yes. But your Apprenticeship must be in a different discipline to your degree.

I’m already employed, can I still do an Apprenticeship? Apprenticeships are a great way to build on your educational skills gaps whilst you are working. Most employers encourage existing staff to undertake Apprenticeships, so ask your HR team about the opportunities available to you.

My school years were a long time ago, am I too old to do an Apprenticeship? You can start an Apprenticeship at any age – you are never too old!

Recently asked questions from employers.

I’m classed as an SME – can I still recruit an Apprentice? Irrespective of size, businesses can recruit Apprentices. The duration of an Apprenticeship ranges from 12 months to 4 years. All you need to do is decide which level of Apprenticeship will best suit your business.

What are the legal requirements? Currently, you will need to draw up an Apprenticeship Agreement between yourselves and the employee. For Apprentices aged 16-18, you must pay them no less than the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage and for anyone aged over 18 the National Minimum Wage applies. Your employee must work a minimum of 30 hours per week and are entitled to the same benefits as existing employees.

Is there any financial help available to fund employing an Apprentice? As a business, you can get help from the Government to pay for Apprenticeship training. The amount of funding you receive depends on your business position. To find out more about how you will be financially supported, visit: https://www.gov.uk/employing-an-apprentice/get-funding

Throughout National Apprenticeship Week, the Linden Management team will be interacting online, showcasing the opportunities on offer for 2021 and sharing successes from the last year. To be one of the first to hear about all of this, sign up for our newsletter today. https://www.lindenmanagement.org.uk

If you or your business are considering if an Apprenticeship is the right thing for you, or are interested in more information about National Apprenticeship Week and how you can get involved, contact Rebecca Smith today on: rebecca@lindenmanagement.org.uk