Employers FAQ'S

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a government-funded vocational training programme for young people in which formal off-site training is combined with on-the-job experience and assessment. The result is a well-qualified and vocationally competent individual. Young people are increasingly choosing the apprenticeship route as a career-focused alternative to further education.

LEMA recognises the importance of achieving the “right fit” with your business. So, our apprentice selection procedure is extensive. We start by working with you to gain a thorough understanding of your business culture to ensure that an apprentice will hit the ground running – on your terms. We select and vet young people on character, personality and commitment as much as intellect, social skills and a good education standard especially in English and Math’s.

How do you employ an LEMA apprentice?

LEMA recognises the importance of achieving the “right fit” with your business. So our apprentice selection procedure is extensive. We start by working with you to gain a thorough understanding of your business culture to ensure that an apprentice will hit the ground running – on your terms. We select and vet young people on character, personality and commitment as much as intellect, social skills and a good education standard especially in English and Math’s.

LEMA has a selection process to ensure that only the right calibre of young person is recruited onto the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme. A LEMA Apprenticeship Consultant will advertise your vacancy, select suitable candidates, assess their competence and attitude on the LEMA Pre Apprenticeship Assessment Programme and arrange interviews at times suitable to you

What is the LEMA Pre Apprenticeship Assessment Programme?

Once selected all learners will undertake an 8-week (2 days per week) pre apprenticeship assessment programme. They will be taught to prepare for job interviews, business and work skills, team working as well as some basic engineering skills. They will be assessed for attitude, application and attendance. During this time, you will be given an opportunity to interview a selection of the learners to see who might be the most suitable for your business.

What is the apprenticeship wage?

As the employer you will be responsible for paying the apprentice the minimum wage for a minimum of 30 hours per week. This includes the time your Apprentice spends at the LEMA academy. Current apprenticeship wage rates are:

21 and over £7.70
18 to 20 £6.15
Under 18 £4.35

How do LEMA support the apprentice?

LEMA will provide the learner with professional industry standard training and development whilst at the LEMA Academy and we will periodically visit the learner in the workplace to review their learning and to monitor their progress.

How will you need to support your apprentice?

As with any new young employee you will need to provide them with support and guidance in their new role. LEMA would recommend that you nominate a ‘mentor’ employee who will show them the ropes and teach them how to apply the classroom learned skills in a live business environment

You will also be committed to allow your apprentice to attend all planned day release training and assessment activity at the LEMA Academy and to provide learners with time in the workplace to complete work-based assignments and projects

What does an Apprentice cost?

The LEMA Apprenticeship recruitment service is free of charge. However, with the introduction of the governments new Apprenticeship levy there may be a cost associated with the training of your apprentice, in short:

  • If you are a levy payer then you can fund your apprenticeship training through the levy credit
  • If you employ less than 50 people and your Apprentice is aged 16 to 18 then there is no cost to training
  • If you employ more than 50 people and / or your apprentice is aged 19 or older then you will be asked to make a 5% contribution towards training costs
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