Taking on an Apprentice

Grow your own talent with an Apprentice

Crawley College is one of the largest apprenticeship training providers in Sussex and has been supporting apprentices for more than 50 years. We're currently managing over 700 apprentices in companies including Chemigraphic, Jeanie Marshal Foods, Southern Adolescent Care Services, HPC Engineering, Sofitel Gatwick and International Logistics Group, to name but a few.

Apprenticeships are the most effective way for businesses to train new talent. When it comes to the benefits of taking on an apprentice, the facts speak for themselves. To speak to a Skills Adviser about taking on an Apprentice, please call 01293 442200 (press 4).

  • 96% of employers have reported a benefit to their business
  • 72% of businesses report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice
  • 66% of employers reported improved product or service, the introduction of new ideas to the organisation, improved staff morale and better staff retention
  • Businesses that offer Apprenticeships view them as beneficial to their long-term development
  • Apprenticeships enable businesses to grow their skills base
  • Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher (degree) level, covering more than 170 industries and 1500 job roles
  • The average Apprenticeship completer increases business productivity by £214 per week
  • Employers think that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications

(Sources: Changing the pace CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey 2013 - - - Cebr, Productivity Matters Report, March 2013).

How Apprenticeships work

  • Apprenticeships are designed by employers, and are therefore tailored to meet the needs of each specific sector.
  • A mixture of on and off-the-job learning enables your apprentice to learn the skills that work best for your business.
  • As an employee, an apprentice works alongside experienced staff to gain job specific experience
  • Off-the-job, usually on a day release basis, an apprentice receives training with Crawley College, which will include skills relevant to their job alongside transferable workplace skills such as IT and communication
  • The apprenticeship programme leads to nationally recognised vocational qualifications
  • An apprenticeship will usually take anything from 12 to 36 months to complete, depending on the level and the ability of your apprentice.

The cost of training an apprentice aged 16 to 18 is covered by the government, while there is an employer contribution for apprentices aged 19 years or over. For apprentices aged 19 and over, part funding is available and it is expected that the employer will make a contribution to the costs of training.

The current National Minimum Wage for apprentices aged 16-18 or 19+ in their first year is £3.70 per hour. Many employers prefer to pay more however, and research shows that the average salary is approximately £170 per week.

Levels and options

At Crawley College, apprentices can study at three different levels, depending on their current level of experience and their job role:

Intermediate Apprenticeship – which will lead to nationally recognised Level 2 vocational qualifications

Advanced Apprenticeship – which will lead to nationally recognised Level 3 vocational qualifications

Higher Apprenticeship – which will lead to nationally recognised Level 4 vocational qualifications

If you decide to take on an Apprentice, one of our Skills Advisers will work with you to decide which level the Apprenticeship should be offered at.

Apprenticeships are available at Crawley College in more than 25 sectors, incuding

Business Administration
Carpentry and Joinery
Customer Service
Cyber Security
Dental Nursing
Electrical Installation
Health and Social Care
Human Resources 
Information Technology
Fabrication and Welding
Management and Team Leading
Motor Vehicle Engineering
Plumbing and Heating
Sign Making
Supply Chain
Supporting Teaching and Learning
Warehousing and Storage

To speak to a Skills Adviser about taking on an Apprentice, please call 01293 442200 (press 4).