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Employers’ guide to apprenticeships

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying assessment and skills development programme. It is a way for individuals to earn while they learn gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role. The apprentice gains this through a wide variety of workplace learning, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise new skills in a live work environment.

Who are they for?

Individuals over the age of 16, spending at least 50% of their working hours in England over the duration of their apprenticeship and not in full-time education are eligible for an apprenticeship. Employers can offer apprenticeships to new entrants or use them to develop the talent of existing employees. Apprenticeships equip individuals with the necessary skills, knowledge and behaviour they need for specific job roles, future employment and progression.

Apprenticeship levels:

Type  Level  Equivalent Educational Level  Available Through MTI? 
Intermediate  2  5 GCSE Passes  Yes 
Advanced  3  2 A Level Passes  Yes 
Higher  4, 5, 6 & 7  Foundation Degree and Above  Yes 

The benefits of training an apprentice

Training an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any business to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. Eighty-six per cent of employers said apprenticeships developed skills relevant to their organisation and 78% reported improved productivity.

Other benefits of apprenticeships include:

  • increased employee satisfaction
  • reduced staff turnover
  • reduced recruitment costs.

To find out about how the MIRA Technology Institute can help you with apprenticeships contact us.