Apprenticeships give employers a great opportunity to recruit and develop talent in a way that suits their business and priorities – whether that’s succession planning, attracting and retaining staff, diversifying a workforce or even upskilling existing staff. Apprentices can be a brilliant addition to any company, big or small.
An apprentice will spend most of their time working while being trained and supported by a mentor, but will also attend a college, university or other training provider to receive off-the-job training. Typically, this includes the underpinning theory needed for their job role, practical experience supported by theory, and other professional or transferable skills, such as report writing, literature searching or experimental design.
Training providers support you along every step of your apprenticeship journey; helping to recruit the right apprentice for your business, tailor off-the-job training, guide you through the funding landscape and provide advice on how to mentor an apprentice.
Often while they are receiving their off-the-job training, an apprentice will be working towards their qualification. The level of qualification varies, depending on the type of apprenticeship and the occupation it leads into, but they can range from school-leaver through to degree-level, covering occupations such as laboratory technician, scientist and research scientist.
Funding for the off-the-job training an apprentice receives is usually covered, at least in part, by government. However, as an apprentice is first and foremostly an employee, the company they work for is responsible for paying their salary and must pay at least the minimum or living wage, dependent on the age of the apprentice.
Apprenticeships are available in all four nations of the UK, but the precise way that they work varies by nation, so please use the links below to find out more.
The RSC accredits apprenticeships that meet the standards for the professional awards of RSciTech or RSci (depending on the level of the apprenticeship). Accreditation is a quality mark that guarantees an apprenticeship programme is of a high standard and meets the needs of all stakeholders, including employers.
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If you are wondering whether an apprenticeship could be right for your company, but don’t know where to start, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to talk through your requirements and options.