The Hertfordshire Chamber offers support and advice to its members who are interested in offering an apprenticeship placement within their business. Employers can benefit from investing in Hertfordshire's young people which, in turn, ensures economic growth for the long term, and our society will benefit from creating more apprenticeships, as young people today are our future workforce, innovators and industry leaders.
Of interest and relevance for organisations already employing apprentices, IiYP is a National Award run by Young Chamber UK that recognises the important work that SMEs carry out in assisting young people'e employability skills, assisting them with the transition from education into the world of work. Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce is the second Chamber in the UK to become IiYP accredited and can now work with SMEs in Hertfordshire to help them also gain IiYP accreditation. To find out more about IiYP accreditation visit the Chamber's IiYP page here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apprenticeships offer work-based training designed around the needs of employers, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications, offering a strong alternative to a university education. Apprenticeships give young people the practical experience and skills that pave the way to their chosen career. Taking between 1 to 4 years to complete, depending on the sector and job role, Apprenticeships can either train new or existing employees, who are moving into a new or changed job role and need to learn new skills. Most of the training is on the job, provided directly by the employer, whilst the rest can be provided by a local college or a specialist learning provider. Employers are also responsible for paying your apprentices’ wages.
Apprenticeship funding is available from the National Apprenticeship Service to provide and support apprenticeships. In most cases this will be a learning provider. Large employers with a direct contract with the National Apprenticeship Service may receive the funding themselves.
The size of the contribution varies depending on your sector and the age of the candidate, visit https://www.gov.uk/national-apprenticeship-service.
The Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce also works closely with schools throughout the county via its own Young Chamber membership programme, you can find out more about Young Chamber in Hertfordshire here.