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What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a mixture of working and learning, once your apprentice passes their standard, they will be awarded an accredited qualification in that subject. An apprentice can be paid the national minimum wage of £4.81 per hour and must work 30 hours minimum a week. They will work in your company on either a part-time or full-time contract whilst our tutors and assessors help your apprentice learn about the industry standards, preparing them for the future.

How can an apprentice help your business?

New ideas and skills are the driving force behind successful businesses. Our apprenticeship programmes are designed to match your employment and skills needs with a talented and driven apprentice – whether that is a new or current employee. Apprenticeships also enhance the skills of employees, thereby contributing to improved performance and productivity in the workplace.

How does it work?

Whilst an apprentice is working, they must utilise 20% of their working hours completing off-the-job training. Off-the-job training is what apprentices need to earn their qualification. There are numerous ways an apprentice can do this. They can complete online learning or coursework set out by their tutor, have lessons with their tutor in the workplace, shadow experienced colleagues or industry visits. There are plenty of ways a learner can log their off-the-job training. 

By the end of their apprenticeship, most learners will take an end point assessment in order to pass. Once your apprentice has passed, you then have the option to hire them as part of your company.

Market your roles with us.

One of our primary roles is to extend your reach in the current market. We spend our time finding only the best candidates and making sure your role is highly visible, accessible and searchable. At 1st2 Achieve we have our own specialised recruitment process to ensure the candidates we send to you are eligible for your business needs. You always have the final say on who you want to hire.

Why choose us?

As an employer you want to ensure that you are choosing the right training provider who can help your business grow. At 1st2 Achieve Training we have a proven track record in developing partnerships with employers and individuals that recognises their specific needs. We recognise that not all employers’ needs are the same, so we will work closely with you to design a package that is perfect for your business. To achieve this, we offer a complimentary Organisational Training Needs Analysis as we are committed to addressing your needs and seeing a positive impact on your business.

Can you place an existing employee on an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships can support existing internal training and development programmes. With over 1500 apprenticeships standards to choose from, we are committed to creating a package that is right for your business. We are able to map your existing training and development programmes and competencies to nationally recognised accredited qualifications. Click here to learn more.

What is next?

If you want to learn more about hiring an apprentice or placing your existing employees on an apprentice, then please contact us using the details below. We look forward to hearing from you.


Unit 4, 4 Paddock Road, Skelmersdale, WN8 9PL.


0330 165 5099



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