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Hire an Apprentice


VSS Apprenticeships have a reputation for excellence demonstrated through high levels of success. Apprenticeships provide focused, work-based training which is totally relevant to your workplace, through a combination of on the job and off the job training.

Apprentices work with you, the employer, to gain the experience and skills they need to do the job in your workplace, and at the same time gain valuable and recognised qualifications. Training is provided and shared between you the employer and VSS.

Through employing apprentices you will gain high-quality individuals who will receive training and understanding to fit into valuable roles within your organisation.

  • Over 80% of people are more likely to use a business if it offers apprenticeships*
  • 88% of employers believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated workforce*
  • 96% of employers that take on an apprentice report benefits to their business
  • 72% of businesses report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice


Apprenticeships are hugely flexible and are available to all businesses of all sizes across most sectors.  Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to recruit and/or develop an individual within your organisation, helping you to find and develop your future talent. The principle is about learning how to do the job in your organisation, whilst being given essential job functional skills support. It will also offer off the job training and workplace assessments that lead to nationally recognised qualifications.

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) for Apprentices is currently £3.70 per hour, however in order to attract the best for your business, VSS recommends £4.50 per hour as a starting point, with quarterly increments based on performance and progression within the training programme.

Employer Promise

  • To ensure instructions received from VSS are clear, accurate and meet employer current needs and requirements.
  • To ensure employers understand the programme requirements for employees and that their associated business development manager / assessor is available to clarify anything they do not understand or need further clarification.
  • To ensure the information, advice and guidance which is issued provides sufficient information on the programme for employees and is accessible for ease of reference.
  • To ensure there are sufficient opportunities to feedback to business development managers and assessor where the information, advice and guidance provided is unclear or can be improved.
  • To ensure the employer is overall satisfied with the service.
  • To validate that the employer has no complaints about the service.

Employer Incentive

Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds (AGE 16 to 24)

AGE 16 to 24 has already helped thousands of employers to grow their business by employing an apprentice. AGE 16 to 24 is available until 31 December 2016, subject to eligibility and availability. Could it help you too?

The AGE 16 to 24 Grant for Employers aims to support businesses, who would not otherwise be in a position to do so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment through the Apprenticeship programme.

The National Apprenticeship Service will provide AGE 16 to 24 to eligible employers, in respect of qualifying apprentices, with an individual value of £1,500. Employers can be paid up to five grants in total during the lifetime of the initiative