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'Try before you buy' scheme’s an incentive for employers

Published:  29 July, 2011

UK: Business owners across the UK will soon be able to 'try before they buy' to find their next apprentice, according to training provider, ATL.

From August, the new Access to Apprenticeships scheme aims to provide people aged 16-24 with the opportunity to demonstrate to employers their commitment to work and study to a required standard.

Under the scheme, employers can take on a prospective apprentice for up to 12 weeks unpaid work experience over the period of six months. If they achieve the required standard during this period, then each apprentice will complete the remainder of their training as a paid employee for £100 a week. Upon qualification, a payment will then be made back to the employer.

Said Nick Hayward chief executive officer of ATL: "An employer will be able to secure an extra pair of hands for a whole year for as little as £1500."

Access to Apprenticeships will provide up to 10 000 places in the first year, with a similar amount expected to be created in following years. 

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