Are you thinking of taking on an apprentice? It is quite common to be a bit confused about what makes an apprentice eligible. Here are the key things you need to know.
- The minimum age for an apprentice is 16 years old, there is no maximum age.
- School leavers can start their apprenticeship after the last Friday in June of the academic year they turned 16.
- All apprentices must be eligible to work in England, not be in prison and hold a contract of employment receiving itemised payslips.
- All apprentices must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week, if an apprentice works less than 30 hours their time on programme must be extended so that they can meet the minimum duration and the off the job training requirements.
- They must be paid at least National Minimum Wage for apprentices.
Having an apprentice can help to grow your businesses skills base. They can bring fresh ideas and increase business productivity and may help with post pandemic recovery and help with staff retention.
For more information about taking on an apprentices contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.