Recruiting an apprentice

Once you have decided to employ an apprentice and the role they will undertake, contact us to discuss your requirements. Our advisors will explain the recruitment process and apprenticeship programme. They will also assess your eligibility for Government funding and put you forward if you meet the requirements.

Your requirements will then be passed over to one of our recruitment specialists. The recruiter allocated will take care of the process and cover all of the specific requirements you have. So that we can find you the right person for your business, we will require information about the type of person you require. To help us with this please consider the following points:

Hours– How many hours will they be working? What days do you want the apprentice to work? Please be aware that all apprenticeships are on a full-time basis so they will need to be working a minimum of 30 hours a week.

Skills and Qualifications– Are there any specific skills or qualifications you would like the apprentice to have? Think about the job and any skills that could benefit the apprentice. But be aware if they are too specific or advanced you may find it difficult to find the right apprentice for the role as learners of apprentice age may not have a lot of experience.

Wages– While the Government sets a Minimum Wage, you can chose to pay the apprentice more. The apprentice will be employed by you so they will require a contract of employment and entitled to other benefits for e.g. holidays, pension and healthcare schemes.

Once we have captured and agreed your requirements,  we will advertise your role on a number of job sites including the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) website and other channels we work with the secure the best candidates including Get My First Job. We will scan our database of applicants who have registered their interest with to see if we have anyone suitable for an immediate start.

All appropriate candidates will be initially assessed by the advisor through a telephone interview and online assessments in English, Maths and IT.

Your recruitment advisor will create a shortlist of suitable candidates for your vacancy and send this to you so that you can narrow down your choice for interview. Your recruitment advisor will arrange the interviews for you.

The format of the interview is entirely your choice and you can decide on suitable dates and times to meet with the apprentices. This could be the first interview that the candidate has done so you may need to provide some support and guidance. Therefore, it may be best to keep the interview fairly short and concise. Below are a few sample questions that you could ask at the interview:

• Why have you applied for this apprenticeship?

• Give an example of a time when you have coped well under pressure.

• What do you think we want from our apprentice?

• Apprenticeships mean working full time alongside studying for a qualification. How will you prioritise your workload?

• What do you think is involved in good customer service?

• Give an example of how you have dealt with a difficult situation.

• Give an example of a time you have worked independently.

• Give an example of a time you have worked as part of a team.

• Have you got any questions for us?

Once you have completed interviews and have chosen your apprentice, your recruitment advisor will notify both the successful and unsuccessful candidates. The recruitment advisor will also arrange a start date which is suitable for both you and the apprentice.

Your Remit recruiter will keep in regular contact with you to ensure that you are updated and informed throughout the whole recruitment process.

Employing an apprentice

Once you have chosen your apprentice Remit will work with you to arrange a start date. Within two weeks of your apprentice starting a Remit Development Coach will visit you to introduce themselves and enrol your business and the apprentice onto their programme.

The Development Coach will cover the requirements and processes involved with the apprenticeship and introduce the apprentice to the learning systems they will need to use to complete their course work.

Once the enrolment is complete you will receive a visit from your Development Coach every 4 to 6 weeks during the apprenticeship to monitor the progress of your apprentice and to provide teaching, learning and assessments with them.

Your apprentice will need appropriate levels of support and supervision when undertaking the programme and will need to shadow qualified members of staff to gain on the job training. We recommend you nominate a workplace supervisor to help with the learner’s development. This should be someone who is a good role model for the apprentice and will support them in gaining the vital skills that they need. Once the apprentice progresses through their assessments they will be able to start completing tasks on their own with very little supervision.

As the apprentice is fully employed by your business you will need to ensure that they are updated with any procedures and policies that your business has, also you will need to induct them as you would with any new member of staff.

Employing an Apprentice

Apprentices provide many benefits to your business. They can provide you with an extra pair of hands, help to reduce staff turnover and allow you to grow your own, well trained, employees of the future. Some other key benefits of employing an apprentice are:

• Reduce recruitment costs

• Increase productivity and your bottom line

• Develop a skilled and motivated workforce

• Improve customer service results

Provide financial return on investment

More than 100,000 employers in over 160,000 work places, currently use Apprenticeships to attract new talent, re-skill existing staff and tackle skill shortages. Apprenticeships are available to business of all sizes and from all sectors. Employment is a fundamental part of an Apprenticeship. An apprentice must be employed in a job role with a productive purpose. This is where you can help!

Improve Your Bottom Line

Apprenticeships deliver real returns to your bottom line. They also help to improve productivity and competitiveness. Training apprentices can be more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs.

Fill Your Skills Gaps

Apprenticeships deliver skills designed around your business needs and provide the skilled workforce you need for the future. Apprenticeships also help you develop the specialist skills your staff require to help your business keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in your sector.

Motivate Your Workforce

Apprentices tend to be motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that has provided them with the apprenticeship opportunity. An apprentice is with you because they want to be. They have made an active choice to learn on the job and commit to a specific career.

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If you are looking for your dream job, or to take on apprentices, we are here to help. Call us today on 0115 975 9550 and speak to a specialist

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