Top Tips for Taking On an Apprentice

Louise Timperley, Head of Apprenticeships at Kaplan

Following a successful National Apprenticeship Week 2012, Louise Timperley, Head of Apprenticeships at Kaplan, an Apprenticeship training provider, suggests her top tips on how employers can take on an apprentice for their business.

Find out about the range of Apprenticeships available – Apprenticeships aren’t just for people working in traditional trades. There are over 200 types of Apprenticeships in a variety of industry sectors from accountancy and engineering to even business and administration, or customer service. Whatever the need of your organisation, there’s bound to be an Apprenticeship programme that fits your business.

Think about the future – What staff and skills will you need to take your organisation forward in the future? – Apprenticeships are a great way of developing and hiring the talent your organisation will need for the future. Apprenticeship schemes can enable staff to develop a broad base of skills that will help set any organisation in good stead for the years to come. They have been proven to be a great way to increase productivity and motivate employee: Apprenticeships give the opportunity to ‘grow your own’ leaders (57% of apprentice employers report a high proportion of their apprentices going on to management positions within their company).

Find a training provider that works for you – Apprentices carry out most of their learning on the job, with the rest done through a training provider. There are a number of organisations that run Apprenticeship training programmes. As such, there are a number of different Apprenticeship programmes on offer, from accountancy to the music industry so speak to providers to find out more about the options they have available and the results they have achieved. Kaplan is an established training provider that offers a variety of study options to meet the needs of different organisations and have high success rates in a variety of areas. For more information, visit www.kaplanvocational.co.uk

Explore the funding on offer – Apprenticeship funding is available for employers who wish to train existing employees or hire people via Apprenticeship training programmes. This varies depending on the age of the apprentice. For 16-18 year olds, 100% of training costs will be funded by the government. Apprentices aged 19 or over will receive a proportion of the funding for their training. However, employers should be aware that they need to treat apprentices like any other employee, paying them a wage and supporting them in their job role.

Learn from the experiences of other employers – Over 130,000 employers across the country train their staff through Apprenticeships, so why not find out what some of them have to say about the scheme? You may know people through your own networks or you can read testimonials on the National Apprenticeship Service website (www.apprenticeships.org.uk).

Look at the facts – There is a wide range of evidence that demonstrates the value apprentices can bring to an organisation. For example, 80% of apprentice employers agree that their apprentices make their workplace more productive and 88% believe Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce. More can be found at www.apprenticeships.gov.uk

It’s easier than you might think – A good training provider like Kaplan will help you every step of the way when it comes to enrolling existing staff or hiring someone new. The service they offer includes helping you decide which Apprenticeship will best suit your business needs, finding the right candidate, explaining the funding available, managing training and ensuring quality standards are met.


Kaplan is one of the world’s leading providers of lifelong education and training.  Programmes include Apprenticeships, vocational training, professional qualifications, online learning and degree programmes.

To find out more, visit: www.kaplanvocational.com/vocational

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