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The greatest asset to any business is no doubt its staff, and at TyneMet, we collaborate with employers like you to teach industry-relevant skills, working practices, and what industries need and look for in order to help you build stronger workforces in the future.

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  • Nurture and train students to the way your business works.
  • Mould the perfect candidate to become an employee.
  • Bring new ideas and support to your workforce.
  • Give current employees new leadership skills.

We’ve made sure we can offer students the very best of what they need to succeed.

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EDF Renewables has taken on eight apprentices from all over the UK for a three-year course to become Wind Turbine Technicians. They’ll start their new roles as Wind Turbine Technicians by spending a year and a half at TyneMet College, before learning the practical elements of the job at a number of EDF sites across the UK.


How much does it cost to hire an Apprentice?

As an employer that doesn’t pay the Apprenticeship levy, you pay just 5% towards the cost of training and assessing an Apprentice.

The Government will pay the rest up to the funding band maximum.

You’ll pay the training provider directly and agree on a payment schedule.

If you employ fewer than 50 employees, The Government will pay 100% of the Apprenticeship training costs up to the funding band maximum for Apprentices aged:

  • 16 to 18
  • 19 to 24 with an education, health and care plan provided by their local authority or has been in the care of their local authority

If you exceed the funding band maximum, you’ll need to pay all the additional costs.

How much are Apprentices paid?

Apprenticeship wages start from a minimum of £5.28 per hour for the first year.

However, it’s up to you how much you pay your Apprentice.

Can I put a current employee through an Apprenticeship?


You can hire someone new or up-skill an existing employee.

Who can I hire as an Apprentice?

You can employ Apprentices at different levels.

From school leavers and university graduates, to people who want to further their careers or change career direction completely.

What are the requirements of an Apprentice?

For the requirements of an Apprentice…

An Apprentice must:

  • Be 16 or over
  • Not already be in full-time education
  • Be living in England
How do I hire an Apprentice?

Get in touch with our Business Engagement Team.

You can manage the recruitment process or ask us to manage it on your behalf.

How does an Apprenticeship work?

During an Apprenticeship, your Apprentice will receive two different types of training.

‘Off-the-job’ training is delivered by us during your Apprentice’s normal working hours. This training will teach your Apprentice the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the Apprenticeship standard so they can achieve occupational competence.

‘On-the-job’ training will be delivered by you, as the employer. You’ll need to give your apprentice training and supervision to help them perform the job you’ve hired them for. Apprentices must spend at least 20% of their working hours completing off-the-job training. It can be flexible and doesn’t have to mean 1 day out of the workplace every week.

We can agree a suitable training schedule to suit the needs of your business.

How long do Apprenticeships last?

All Apprenticeships can vary, lasting anywhere from one to four years.

How long will Apprentices study at college for?

All Apprenticeships are different, so it depends on what works best for you.

Some Apprentices could spend four days at work and one day at college, whilst others could spend several weeks at work and a week at college. Your designated work-based tutor will be on hand throughout the student’s Apprenticeship and will be able to give you guidance.

Is there any financial incentives for hiring an Apprentice?

Employers who hire a new Apprentice may be able to claim financial incentives from The Government.

Are Apprentices entitled to holidays?

Apprentices get at least 20 days’ paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays.

Speak to our Employer Engagement Team

Want to know more about collaborating with us? Chat with one of our experts to find out how we can help your business.

Anthony KellyBusiness Engagement Adviser Email

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