Apprenticeship FAQ's

What is the Apprenticeship Levy?

From April 2017, employers in all sectors with an annual paybill in excess of £3 million will automatically pay 0.5% of their annual paybill through their Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system alongside income tax and National Insurance.

Is there help recruiting apprentices?

Smarter Brokers offer a free Recruitment Service to our employers where we will recruit as many apprentices as you want. Just like a recruitment agency, we search for, screen and select suitable apprentices ready for interview.

Is funding available for existing staff?

Yes, the vast majority of learners undergoing training with Smarter Brokers are existing employees. Apprentices are a great addition to your business, but your current staff could also be eligible for fully funded level 2 to level 5 qualifications. This is a great way to upskill and nurture the talent within your workforce.

Do I have to employ my apprentice?

Yes. As the employer, you must induct your apprentice into their role and provide on the job training. You are responsible for paying your apprentice’s wages and issuing their Contract of Employment. They must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

What about part-time apprentices?

Apprentices can be part-time (no less than 16 hours) but the time it takes to complete an Apprenticeship is extended proportionately so that the total amount of training time is not reduced.

What happens if my apprentice leaves before the end of the Apprenticeship?

We’ll help the apprentice to complete their Apprenticeship elsewhere and find you a replacement.

What happens if I become so busy that I cannot train someone for a while?

We’ll work with you to re-profile the apprentice’s training programme to reflect your work pressures.

What if I can’t find anyone suitable for my Apprenticeship?

We’ll advise on how to attract more people to your Apprenticeship vacancy.

Is there a lot of paperwork?

Apprenticeships don’t require much paperwork from the employer, unless you’re delivering the training yourself. We’ll help you with all the relevant documents throughout the time of the programme.

What happens at the end of the Apprenticeship?

This is a great achievement by you both and should be celebrated. After a year or more of training, most young people are hungry for more and need to continue to develop. They have the potential to go further with your guidance and support.