Employers Guide to Apprenticeships

Apprentices are young people and adults who show great motivation and determination to learn and progress in their chosen field.

  • Apprenticeships are industry specific and designed to develop appropriate skills from junior to management level. They are available to employers of any size
  • They combine theory and practice using assessments in the workplace alongside assignments and exams at College
  • The apprenticeship frameworks will include knowledge and competency qualifications as well as English and maths and may include ICT

Apprenticeship levels

Apprenticeships are available at different levels. The Apprenticeship levels offered at the Hugh Baird Business Development Centre are:

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2). Equivalent to five GCSE passes
  • Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3). Equivalent to two A Level passes
  • Higher Apprenticeship (Levels 4 & 5). Equivalent to the first phase of higher education (university level study)

Why recruit an apprentice?

  • An apprentice is an extremely cost effective solution for any business wanting to develop their workforce
  • Apprenticeships are designed to provide the skills required to improve business efficiency and competitiveness
  • It is also possible to train existing staff by offering them the opportunity to progress onto an apprenticeship
  • You can train the apprentice in your own methods and knowhow and mould them into the skilled, dedicated and committed staff member your business deserves
  • The apprentice training at Hugh Baird College will meet your business needs and enable you to be more competitive

How to recruit an apprentice

  1. The Business Development Team is dedicated to helping you recruit the apprentice you need. We will advertise your vacancy free of charge on the National Apprenticeship Service website and also to all students at Hugh Baird College. Our access to a list of full time College students means that many candidates will already have achieved some relevant qualifications
  2. Once we receive applications, we will shortlist candidates who meet your requirements and arrange interviews for you to make your selection as easy as possible
  3. The Business Development Team will also make all necessary arrangements for the delivery of the qualification
  4. Once you have selected your apprentice, an assessor will be assigned. The assessor will also support and guide you and the apprentice and ensure you are both meeting national quality standards that are integrated into the programme

What is the cost to the employer?

The apprentice National Minimum Wage applies to all 16 to 18 year olds on an Intermediate Level or Advanced Level Apprenticeship and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Intermediate Level or Advanced Level Apprenticeship.

Apprentices need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours work per week but many employers choose to offer a salary in line with that of their other employees.

If the apprentice is aged 19 and over and has completed the first year of their apprenticeship, the employer must pay the National Minimum Wage appropriate for their age.

In some cases, employers can access a grant to help with the cost of an apprentice in the first year of employment. At the Hugh Baird Business Development Centre, we can help you access this grant.

This represents a very small investment to recruit a new employee and there is usually a quick return on the investment as the apprentice is generally very motivated and loyal to their employer, as well as growing in vocational competence.


For more information

Please contact our Business Development Team: