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I Want to Employ An Apprentice


What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying assessment and skills development programme. It is a way for individuals to earn while they learn gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role The Apprentice gains this through a wide mix of learning in the workplace and off the job training. Apprentices benefit employers and individuals, and by boosting the skills of the workforce they help to improve productivity.

2020 Employer Incentive 

The Government has introduced incentive payments for businesses hiring a new apprentice. Employers who hire new apprentices between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021 could get:

  • £2,000 for apprentices aged 16 to 24
  • £1,500 for apprentices aged 25 and over

They can apply from 1 September 2020, and the employer can spend the payment on anything they need to support their organisation. This is in addition to the £1,000 payment for 16 – 18 year or 19-24 year olds who have previously been in care or who have a Local Authority Education, Health and Care plan. Please contact us for more information about the new incentive for Employers.

Who are they for?

Apprenticeships are for anyone over the age of 16 not in full time education. 

Employers can offer apprenticeships to new entrants or use them to grow talent from among current employees.

Apprenticeships equip individuals with the necessary skills, knowledge and behaviour they need for specific job roles and progression.

Benefits of hiring apprentices

Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any business to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Other benefits that apprenticeships contribute towards include:
– reducing recruitment costs
– increasing employee satisfaction
– reducing staff turnover

Employer responsibilities

There must be a genuine job available with a contract of employment long enough for an apprentice to complete their apprenticeship. Employers must pay an apprentice’s wages and the role must help them gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to achieve their apprenticeship. Apprentices must spend at least 20% of their time on off-the-job- training.

For more information please contact 01202 262300 | 01305 819059 or

We can also support apprentices to gain recognised qualifications in functional skills, for more information please click here.

Apprenticeship Training Available

Skills & Learning offer a range of Apprenticeships in the Dorset area.

These include:
– Customer Service Practitioner
– Business Administrator
– Adult Care Worker
– Lead Adult Care Worker
– Team Leader/Supervisor
– Operations/Departmental Manager
– Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools
– Hair Professional (Hairdressing and Barbering routes)

We are always developing new programmes to support Apprentices so please talk to us about how we can support your business. Please contact us on 01202 262300 | 01305 819059 or

Why choose Skills & Learning?

Skills & Learning are an ethical, local authority hosted, Ofsted rated ‘good’ training provider. 

We offer a broad programme of learning across Dorset allowing us to develop flexible, varied and bespoke apprenticeship training plans.

Our apprentices have great progression into permanent roles once they complete their training.

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(data correct June 2020)