Take on an apprentice

An apprenticeship is a job with a training element. Apprentices work with an employer for a year or more, learning how to do a job by doing it.

George Stevenson, Cultural Venue Operations Apprentice at The Junction
George Stevenson, Cultural Venue Operations Apprentice at The Junction

You can get funding towards taking on an apprentice with our Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme. The Creative Employment Programme in England is now closed for applications.

About apprenticeships

You get a new employee and a fresh pair of eyes on your business, and your apprentice gets a formal qualification and some practical training and experience. A cost-effective way to increase your workforce and develop your business.

Today, there are 3,000 creative apprentices in the sector. The employers working with them consistently tell us how much they value their apprentices, and the opportunity apprenticeships give them to train a new employee up to their standards, their way.

How an apprenticeship works

An apprentice works with you as an employee. During this time, they develop their skills on the job, working with you and a training provider.

The employer

You employ the apprentice in your workplace doing a job that they want to learn and you want someone to do. You pay them a salary throughout their apprenticeship, which lasts a year or more. While they're with you, you train them on the job. This allows them to work towards a vocational qualification in their chosen job role.

The training provider

Your on the job training is supplemented with separate training towards the apprentice's qualification (or 'technical certificate'). This is usually delivered 'off-site' with a college or training provider. The training provider also assesses the apprentice's formal qualification in the workplace. The cost of this aspect of the training is generally funded by the government (with some rules and restrictions). 

Taking on an apprentice is easy

There are a few simple steps that go into taking on an apprentice. We can help you with all of them. Find out how to get started.

The benefits of taking on an apprentice

Fresh insight into your business

Apprentices come from many different backgrounds - they might be completely new to the workplace, or they might have already completed some training or work experience before.

But they're with you to learn, which means you can work with them to instil your own personal values and good practices from day one. You'll also benefit from a fresh pair of eyes on your business and some new perspectives on what you're already doing.

Apprenticeships are good for business

Independent research conducted by Baker Tilley found that 79 per cent of participating employers felt that creative apprenticeships had made a significant contribution to their business. Apprenticeships offer a cost-effective way to grow your workforce, and an opportunity to develop your existing staff as they work with your apprentice.

And it's not just your business that benefits. Baker Tilley also found that each cohort of 200 apprentices makes a long-term contribution of over £2.4 million to the national economy. You can calculate what return on investment your own business can expect from an apprenticeship on the National Apprenticeship Service website.

If you would like to discuss whether apprenticeships could work for your business, please get in touch at [email protected] or call us on 020 3668 5753.