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Our site for employers, Our Skillsforce, has lots of helpful information to get you started.Go to Our Skillsforce
A Modern Apprentice is just like any other employee.
Except, they’re getting structured, on-the-job training and a qualification designed for your industry.
So, taking on an MA helps you build a skilled, motivated workforce.
You can hire someone new, or use a Modern Apprenticeship to upskill existing staff
With more than 80 types of Modern Apprenticeship, you'll find one that suits the specific needs of your business
Employ a Modern Apprentice under the age of 25, and you won't have to pay employer Class 1 National Insurance contributions on their earnings. Find more information on Gov.uk
A Modern Apprentice is just like any other employee. So, there's no different between an MA and the normal costs you'd have for other employees.
But remember, you'll have the added bonus of a contribution towards their training! And, because they're learning on the job, you can see the benefits of that training right away.
You're responsible for paying the MA's wages. When setting a salary:
An MA would pay their own way to and from work, as you'd expect from any employee. But they may have to travel to college or the training provider's premises for training. It's common practice for the employer to pay those travel costs.
As a business, you'll also provide the tools and equipment an MA needs to do the job at hand.
We can give you free, one-to-one support, tailored to your business. Contact our Employer Engagement Team for free advice and support to get you started with apprenticeships.
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There are over 80 Modern Apprenticeships, from construction to digital media. Search through the full list of frameworks. We’ll tell you who the apprenticeship is suitable for, what’s involved and what our contribution to training costs will be.
For each Modern Apprenticeship you offer, you'll work with an approved training provider. These training providers are contracted by Skills Development Scotland. We pay them directly (that's where our contribution towards the cost of training for MAs goes), so they deal with the funding side.
Training providers can also help you find new recruits, and offer support for Modern Apprentices and employers.
Know what type of Modern Apprenticeship you want to offer? The next step is to find a training provider.
Advertise your Modern Apprenticeship vacancy here for free. We’ll post it on Universal Jobmatch and My World of Work, too. Plus, we promote vacancies through social media and email updates. And, our school careers advisers can point local pupils towards relevant vacancies.
% of employers say those who completed an MA are better able to do their job
% of employers would recommend Modern Apprenticeships to their industry
% of employers say MAs improved their productivity
% of employers say MAs improved staff morale
If you can take on a Modern Apprentice who's been made redundant from another employer, there's a financial incentive for your business.
For oil and gas businesses, this is £5000 – and for other industries, it's £2000.Find out more at Our Skillsforce
Do you know what grants and initiatives are available in your area? We've pulled together a comprehensive guide so that you can find out about additional funding you could access on Our Skillsforce.Search for funding
You could get up to £4000 if you recruit a young person who’s faced significant barriers to employment.Find out more about SERI
Employers who hire Modern Apprentices, love Modern Apprentices. But don't take our word for it. Here's what they had to say.
Still need convincing? Check out our video for our top five reasons apprenticeships work for business.
'Modern Apprenticeships are such an important tool in addressing the skills gap currently facing the country.'
'I think young apprentices help businesses because they bring a fresh eyesight to things. It continues the workforce on, and can bring a whole new atmosphere to a small business.'
From big scale international firms, to social enterprises, to family-run firms, all kinds of businesses take on Modern Apprentices.
'With energy skills in high demand, we see the MA programme as a key way of growing our own talent and encouraging new blood in to the industry.'
'We believe Modern Apprenticeships are fundamental to widening the available talent pool. They help businesses acquire the skills they need to grow.'
'In Shetland at the moment, skilled people are short on the ground. The importance of apprenticeships is to bring through people to backfill as we retire.'
Find out why apprenticeships could help narrow the gender gap in the construction industry.
Start shaping the next generation of talent.Foundation Apprenticeships
Find out about the newest part of the apprenticeships family, and help your staff get qualified to degree level.Graduate Level Apprenticeships
Employers with a wage bill of more than £3 million now pay an apprenticeship levy.
The levy is aimed at funding new apprenticeships across the UK.About the levy