Advice for Employers

Ashford College can help you to develop your workforce so that they have the skills they need for today’s challenging workplace. Our programmes can be tailored to fit your business needs, which ensures that the apprentice will learn skills that are applicable to their role within your organisation.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are work-based vocational training, which is funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. There is no cost to the young person (aged 16-23) when undertaking an apprenticeship, but as the employer, you may be required to contribute to the cost of training if the young person begins the apprenticeship after their 19th birthday. They are fully employed, with their training through a day or block release programmes with the apprentice attending Ashford College.

Apprentices are paid for their time in both the workplace and college. They are fully employed by your business and are entitled to the same employee rights and benefits as other people in the business. Once the apprenticeship has been completed the student will have both a recognised qualification and experience within their chosen field.

An apprenticeship can be started at any time of year. Once an applicant has registered their details with Ashford College, we will notify you about the start date.

Programmes typically take a minimum of a year to complete, but some programmes can take up to two or three years, depending on the specialism of the apprenticeship.

They will gain either a Level 2 or 3 NVQ in the specialism you have chosen, with some programmes progressing onto a higher level including degree apprenticeships.

If the apprentice is aged 16–18 years old, you will receive 100 per cent of the cost of the training; if they are 19+ years old, you will receive up to 50% with you, the employer, contributing the rest.