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50 Jobs in 50 Days: Six easy ways an employer can find an apprentice

1. If you are an employer who wants to take on an apprentice as part of our campaign, please let us know by telephoning Margaret Canning on 028 9026 4443 or emailing btapprentices@gmail.com

2. Please also contact the Department for Employment and Learning to find out about the apprenticeship system in Northern Ireland, on 0800 028 4161. You can also visit http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/index/|information-and-|services/education-and-learning/14-19/starter-skills-16-18/apprenticeshipsni/apprentices

3. You can find your apprentice by advertising in the usual way through the press or job centres or by going to a training supplier, which will have details of young people looking for apprentices

4. Remember that you must employ your apprentice on a permanent contract to work at least 21 hours a week, including time for ‘off-the-job’ training with a training supplier. The training supplier will help you draw up your contract with the apprentice

5. The Department for Employment and Learning will fund the costs of the ‘off-the-job’ training in all apprentice frameworks for the under-25s. Those over 25 will have 50% of their training paid for — but only if they are training in one of a defined list of economically important sectors, including food and drink, IT and creative and digital media

6. An incentive payment is also offered to employers of apprentices who successfully complete the programme of between £250 and £1,500

 

... and six advantages of an apprenticeship for a young person:

 

1. You will ‘earn as you learn’ and have the security of an employment contract

2. There are around 100 apprenticeships to choose from, for example computer science, motor vehicle, mechanical engineering and retail

3. There are areas such as engineering and hairdressing which are typically associated with apprenticeships, but check out other sectors such as IT and accountancy

4. You will avoid the burden of student loans and tuition fees and in some programmes, you will emerge as well qualified as someone who has attended university course

5. You can get started on your career from the young age of 16-plus. The ‘off-the-job’ training will be paid for all under-25s, giving an employer an extra incentive to take you on. If you are over-25 you can still become an apprentice — but government will only fund 50% off your training, and that is only where your apprenticeship falls into a restricted number of sectors

6. The importance of apprenticeships is gaining recognition. Exam results still count and you will need minimum GCSE passes in Maths and English. Many people with degrees later complete apprenticeships in order to get a into a different career. Call 0800 0854 573

If you are an employer who wants to take on an apprentice as part of our campaign, please let us know by telephoning Margaret Canning on 028 9026 4443 or emailing btapprentices@gmail.com

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