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Recruiting an apprentice at your school

Employing an apprentice can be an effective way to grow talent and develop a skilled and qualified workforce. An apprenticeship is a training opportunity, so it is important to acknowledge that the apprentice won't be fully competent straight away. You will need to accommodate this in your recruitment process and think about how you can gradually increase the complexity of their work.

Apprentices should ideally be contracted for at least 30 hours per week. Staff who work 16 hours or more per week can also be considered for an apprenticeship, but the course will take longer to complete. Ideally, the position should be permanent, but the contract must at least be long enough to cover the full length of the apprenticeship. Apprenticeships can last between 12 and 60 months depending on the subject and level.

If you would like to discuss this in more detail, please contact the NCC Apprenticeships Team who will be able to support on the following:

  • Job description review
  • Impartial training provider selection process
  • Support with vacancy promotion
  • Advisory support throughout the apprenticeship

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