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Take the first step

Contact us on 0845 643 9001 or at customerservices@semta.org.uk today to take the first step towards finding the right apprentice for your business. One of Semta's expert team of Apprenticeship Co-ordinators can come and visit your business, or simply talk over the phone to assess how we can support and advise you.

How much is it going to cost?

We know the cost of taking on an apprentice is a concern for many businesses. However hiring and training your own apprentices, with the support of the Semta Apprenticeship Service, can be much more cost-effective than recruiting skilled staff:

  • for apprentices aged 16 to 18 training costs are fully funded so you need only pay their salaries
  • for apprentices aged 19 to 24 funding is available for 50% of training costs, with the employer expected to cover the remaining costs as well as the apprentice's salary
  • for apprentices aged 25 plus partial funding is still available.

The apprenticeship National Minimum Wage applies to all 16-18 year olds and to those aged 19 and over during the first year of their apprenticeship. Currently this is £3.40 per hour. Although many employers choose to pay more to reflect the value of apprentices in their workforce.


AGE 16 to 24 funding availability

You may get a £1,500 apprenticeship grant if you have less than 50 employees, and employ apprentices aged 16 to 24.

Call 0845 643 9001 or email customerservices@semta.org.uk to arrange an appointment with an Apprenticeship Coordinator to find out more.

This programme is part funded by the European Union through the ESF.

Read about Semta Apprenticeship Service's policies for apprentices.