Employ an Apprentice
The fresh new talent your business needs
Every business needs new ideas to keep growing, and new people to generate and execute fresh thinking. Young people bring new energy to any business; they’re keen to learn and innovate.
Because they’re being trained now, they’ll be learning skills possibly not currently used in your workplace – bringing new knowledge to your business.
Young people are your company’s future
Every organisation has to think about what happens when experienced people retire or leave. Apprenticeships are a smart investment, giving your workforce the right mix of skills.
Meeting your social responsibilities
Employers have a wider responsibility to their community and society. Take on an apprentice and you:
- Enhance the life chances of young people and boost the economy
- Show your business is socially responsible, which raises your community profile
- Help tackle unemployment in your area, and create a more diverse workforce
- Support the NI youth training strategy helping young people into sustainable employment
The employer’s role
Apprenticeships are targeted at 16-24 year olds. However in priority skill areas, employers can work with Belfast Met to deliver an apprenticeship programme to staff over 25.
|Year||21 and over||18 to 20||Under 18||Apprentice*|
|2014 (current rate)||£6.50||£5.13||£3.79||£2.73|
*This rate is for apprentices under 19 or in the first year of level 2 or 3 apprenticeships. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.