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Looking for an Apprentice?

West Herts College offers a very broad range of Apprenticeships to local businesses and works in partnership with employers to ensure training programmes are tailored to meet their needs.

Boost your business with an Apprentice

Hundreds of businesses now have Apprentices joining them to add new skills, add capacity in light of increased workloads or as part of their succession planning. Many are enrolling existing members of staff on an Apprenticeship programme, allowing them to upskill and fill skills gaps within their organisation. Our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team offer specialist support to help recruit the right Apprentice for you and provide the skills and qualifications training to support them in their role.

What is an Apprenticeship?

As well as being available in traditional trades such as hairdressing, electrical installation, plumbing and construction, employees can also receive Apprenticeship training in professional sectors such as accountancy, business, management, IT and digital marketing and many more. Apprenticeships are for anyone over the age of 16 and there is no upper age limit. Training programmes typically last between 12 – 18 months, but depending on level they can last up to four years.

West Herts College’s recruitment team can help you recruit the right Apprentice for your business, by promoting vacancies as well as identifying individuals from our Talent Bank of potential candidates. View Apprenticeship jobs we are currently recruiting here.

How does an Apprenticeship work?

Once the Apprentice is identified and employed, a training programme starts including on and off the job training. This will be a range of nationally recognised qualifications and if the Apprentice hasn’t already achieved relevant qualifications, maths, English and IT sessions are available.

Apprentices will have a dedicated training assessor and training at the College is led by those who are experts in their industry.

As an employer you will set the wage for your Apprentices at the start of the Apprenticeship. To attract the right candidates this needs to be competitive and many employers build in incentives to recognise achievement. Contact us for up-to-date information on grants and funding, including the Apprenticeship Levy.

Are there any guidelines on salary?

If an Apprentice is aged between 16-18, or older, and in the first year of their Apprenticeship, they must be paid at least £3.50 per hour (April 2017), after this they are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age. The average hourly Apprenticeship wage for our vacancies is £5.25 and we ask our employers to consider the nature of the role and offer a fair rate of pay.

Apprenticeship Training Costs

Large businesses with a wage bill in excess of £3m are required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy (0.5% of your annual wage bill) and this funds their apprenticeship training costs.

Non-Levy paying businesses will need to pay a 10% contribution to training costs, typically £200 - £1,800 depending on the type and length of the Apprenticeship.

Businesses with 49 or less employees will not pay for training if they employ an Apprentice aged 16-18.

All businesses will receive a £1,000 Government incentive payment when they employ an Apprentice who is 16-18 years old.

What commitment is required of you and your business?

As with any members of staff, commitment to their development, setting clear tasks and objectives and enabling them to develop new skills. You will also be required to meet the legal requirements of relevant legislation such as health and safety, equal opportunities and working time directive.

Provide a minimum 13 month contract of employment.

Nominate a key manager or mentor for your apprentice.

For the 2018 Apprenticeships Handbook please click here.

What do I do next?

Talk to our Apprenticeship team by calling 01923 275700 or emailing


Watch the video below for Emerode's story, a West Herts College Apprentice! 

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