Employing an apprentice

There are some real business benefits of taking on an apprentice. Offering an apprenticeship can:

  • fill your resource gap
  • develop skilled staff
  • motivate your workforce
  • make your organisation more productive and competitive

Apprenticeships.gov.uk

If you are interested in hiring an apprentice, call the National Apprenticeship Service on 0800 015 0600. You can also visit apprenticeships.gov.uk. This site is your one-stop-shop for all the information you need about the benefits and how to get started with taking on an apprentice:

Training and Apprenticeships in Construction (TrAC)

TrAC was set up in response to industry demand with the specific aim of helping employers who want to support an apprentice but are unable to provide the two to three years of employment, typically required in the construction industry to help an apprentice finish their training. TrAC works with a wide range of clients, main cotnractors and their supply chains to find and place suitable apprentices on projects for fixed periods of time (these are typically 6 months in duration though this is variable). For more information contact infor@tracweb.co.uk.

What employers say

Jemma’s apprenticeship journey

Case study – Apprenticeships are a 'good investment', says landscape gardening company

Frogheath Landscapes is based in Burwash and specialises in creative garden design, garden construction, garden creation and landscaping.

Run by husband and wife team Steve and Alison Moody, the award-winning firm currently employs two apprentices; Jack Last, 19 from Burwash, and Harry Wickens, 20, from Heathfield.

The apprentices work as full-time landscape assistants and as well as learning on the job, study the theoretical side of their apprenticeship with Plumpton College, a partner of the You’re Hired East Sussex campaign.

Alison Moody, Member Director of Frogheath Landscapes, said:

“We have a long history of apprenticeships and the reason we decided to take some on is that as a rural business, trying to secure good, long-term employees is not easy.

Frogheath landscapes
Frogheath landscapes

“The landscape industry is incredibly physically challenging and we felt that by bringing in young people, with training, it would be a good investment for the business, which it has been but it has also been hard work. Young apprentices need pushing, encouraging, and developing, but it has been worth it. We have past apprentices and young employees who have gone on to become a chartered landscape architect in Dubai, partner in a landscape company in Hollywood, and another is running his own business. One of our past apprentices was a reluctant learner at school, but is now doing a degree after spending seven years working with us.

“For anyone considering being an apprentice, it is worthwhile because it opens doors to wherever you want to go.”

Frogheath Landscapes have won a string of accolades, including most recently Tomorrow’s People awards for Employer of the Year and Apprentice of the Year.

If you are a young person interested in becoming an apprentice

Young people interested in becoming an apprentice can find out more by calling 0800 0150 400 or visiting apprenticeships.gov.uk

If you are aged 16–19 and require further support, please contact the East Sussex Youth Employability Service (YES) on 01323 410803 or 01424 722045, or message them at facebook.com/yeseastsussex