APPRENTICE RECRUITMENT MANCHESTER

Recruit the Best Apprentice Talent

We are expert apprenticeship recruitment consultants having worked in the Further Education industry and local training providers. We have placed countless apprentices and know exactly what it takes to recruit a superstar apprentice. We won’t waste your time.

Free Apprentice Recruitment

Our full apprenticeship recruitment service is totally free for local employers in Greater Manchester. We pay for all the ads on premium job boards, unlike other agencies who just post free ads on Indeed and NAS. It is totally free and we will connect you with our partner training providers to deliver the apprenticeship.


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1. SELECTING THE APPRENTICESHIP

Looking for apprentice recruitment in Manchester? Our apprentice recruitment service is totally free for local employers. We help you to identify the right framework. We will discuss the costs of the apprenticeship, if any, and any grants that you may be able to apply for.

2. MARKETING YOUR VACANCY

We advertise on as many digital networks as possible from premium job boards, Universal Job Match, and social media. We also email your vacancy to candidates on job board sites and those registered with us. Rest assured, for apprentice recruitment Manchester, our adverts will find the best local talent.

3. CANDIDATE SCREENING 

We filter though the CV’s and hand pick the best candidates for your role. We then conduct telephone interviews to probe their character and CV. As school leavers do not generally have lots of experience to draw upon, we put the emphasis on their potential, attitude, school grades and character.

4. REPORTING THE FINDINGS

We will send you an email with our findings for each candidate plus their CV for you to review. We will give you a brief overview and our first impressions.  You are in full control and get to choose if you would like to proceed with each specific candidate.

5. FACE TO FACE INTERVIEWS

Once you have seen the candidates CVs, you decide if you would like to progress. We will coordinate formal interviews times between your company and the selected candidates, this may start off as an arranged telephone interview, or a face to face interview, the choice is yours.

6. COLLEGE ENROLMENT

We will then arrange for our training provider to enrol the apprentice. A representative from the college will contact you directly to arrange a date. The training provider will provide you with a point of contact and will assist you in applying for any grants you may be eligible for such as the £1,500 AGE 16-24 GRANT.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Apprenticeships are government funded work-based training programmes for people aged 16 and over. They are real jobs that provides training leading to a nationally recognised qualification. Most apprenticeships last for 12 months but they can be anywhere from 1-4 years long depending on the level.

For 16-18 year old apprentices 100% of your training costs are covered by government funding. For 19-24 year olds the Government funds 50% of the training costs. Due to our partnerships with training providers we may be able to negotiate a lower fee for 19-24 year olds, or waive the fee completely in some cases. Once we have your vacancy we will start negotiating with our training providers to keep the costs as low as possible for your business. We try our hardest to keep it totally free.

The other costs you need to consider are the apprentices wage of at least £3.30 per hour plus holiday entitlements as well as the costs relating to training your apprentice and providing a mentor to support them.

Apprentice Recruitment Manchester | Our service is totally FREE for your business so no need to worry about recruitment costs.

  • Gain skilled qualified staff in a cost effective way
  • Improve your bottom line
  • Ensure that your staff have up to date training and qualifications
  • Stay up to date with industry standards
  • Address skills gaps
  • Motivate your workforce with young enthusiastic staff
  • Increased productivity
The Skills Funding Agency commissioned a report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research into the benefits of apprenticeships for business. This can be viewed here.
Employers report that apprenticeships bring added gains to their business above and beyond the narrow benefits of productivity and economic output. “Other benefits” of apprenticeships, as identified by employers, included a better image in the sector, improved staff retention levels and improvements in staff morale.. CEBR 2015
 Employ Apprentices Manchester

Apprentices are only allowed to work up to 40 hours per week but most apprentices work between 35 hours and 37.5 hours per week. This would typically be between 9am and 5.30pm with a 1 hour lunch.

Apprentices must work a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Apprenticeships can lead to:

  • National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) at Level 2,3,4 or 5
  • Functional Skills qualifications, e.g. in maths, English or ICT
  • A technical certificate, such as a BTEC or City & Guilds Progression Award
  • Knowledge-based qualifications, such as a Higher National Certificate (HNC), a Higher National Diploma (HND) or a Foundation Degree

Apprentice Recruitment Manchester

An apprentice salary starts from £3.30 per hour which is the minimum set by the government for the first year of employment. Employers set the wage and some pay much more than minimum. In fact we really encourage employers to pay more than the minimum wage in order to attract the best talent.

Current rates

These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage from 1 April 2016.

Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2016 (current rate) £7.20 £6.70 £5.30 £3.87 £3.30

 

The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £3.30 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.

  1. You must provide on the job training and support in the role.
  2. You must provide a mentor to guide and support your apprentice.
  3. You must ensure apprentices gain the relevant practical work-based experience to enable them to gain the evidence for their portfolios.
  4. You are responsible for the wages of your apprentices (Minimum wages of at least £3.30 per hour for a minimum of 30 hours per week)
  5. You must available approximately every eight weeks to review the learners’ progress with the training provider assessor.
  6. You must be able to provide a safe working environment and be compliant with health & safety law.
  7. If your apprentice needs to attend College for off-site training, you must allow this and pay the apprentice’s wage for time at College.
  8. You must treat your apprentice fairly, with respect, and treat them like every other member of staff.

On completion of the Apprenticeship your apprentice will have gained valuable experience in the workplace and up to two NVQ qualifications that will help them to progress in their chosen career. The apprentice’s contract should be the duration of the apprenticeship, so you can part ways if you choose, but if your apprentice has acquired valuable skills, adapted to your culture and gained qualifications, it would be ideal to offer the apprentice a full time position. You can also choose to enrol and progress your apprentice onto a higher apprenticeship level and continue their development.

No, apprentices are exempt from National Insurance.

If your business is based in Greater Manchester and employs less than 250 staff and has not employed an apprentice before, then you should be eligible to receive up to a £1500 cash grant from the government. This would depend on if there is any budget left in the pot at the time, and is subject to certain criteria. You can find out more about the AGE 16-24 Grant here.

  1. You must provide on the job training and support in the role.
  2. You must provide a mentor to guide and support your apprentice.
  3. You must ensure apprentices gain the relevant practical work-based experience to enable them to gain the evidence for their portfolios.
  4. You are responsible for the wages of your apprentices (Minimum wages of at least £3.30 per hour for a minimum of 30 hours per week)
  5. You must available approximately every eight weeks to review the learners’ progress with the training provider assessor.
  6. You must be able to provide a safe working environment and be compliant with health & safety law.
  7. If your apprentice needs to attend College for off-site training, you must allow this and pay the apprentice’s wage for time at College.
  8. You must treat your apprentice fairly, with respect, and treat them like every other member of staff.

Apprentice Recruitment Manchester: The Stats

Apprenticeships are a cost effective way to grow your business and fill skills gaps. As well as paying a lower hourly rate, your business can apply for grants worth £1,500 per apprentice if eligible. According to www.manchester.gov.uk research among businesses employing apprentices shows the following stats…

92% of apprentice employers believe apprenticeships lead to a more motivated & satisfied workforce.

80% of local apprentice employers feel that apprenticeships reduce staff turnover.

77% of apprentice employers feel that apprenticeships make them more competitive.

WANT TO FIND OUT MORE?

Call us on 0161 870 9690 or click the button to send us a message. We would love to meet up for a coffee to discuss your apprenticeship recruitment requirements and help guide you through the process.


Apprentice Recruitment Manchester

If you employ apprentices in Manchester, or supporting your existing staff onto an apprenticeship you can expect increased productivity, enhanced competitiveness, and lower overall training & recruitment costs. There are also a number of grants available if your business takes on an apprentice in Manchester.

Our apprenticeship recruitment service is totally free for Manchester employers. The reason we can offer free apprentice recruitment Manchester because our fees are paid for by the training providers we are partnered with.