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Why hire an apprentice?

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a paid job where the employee learns and gains valuable experiences. An apprenticeship program combines general work with work based learning. Apprentices spend at least 20% of their working hours completing classroom based activities with a university, college or Training Provider. It is up to the employer and training provider to decide how this training is delivered.

How long do apprenticeships take?

The length of an apprenticeship is dependent on the chosen course/qualification, individual ability and other factors.

· Intermediate apprenticeships typically last between one year and 18 months

· Advanced apprenticeships are usually studied over two years

· Higher and degree apprenticeships take between three and six years to complete

What are the benefits of hiring an apprentice?

Hiring an apprentice means you’re gaining an employee who is developing their knowledge and skills of the sector they are currently working in. In a sense you’re growing talent right at your workplace. Employers who have an established apprenticeship programme reported that 86% of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation. In addition, 78% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve productivity and 74% of employers said apprenticeships helped improve the quality of their product or service, see more.

Other benefits of working with apprentices include:

  • Free to adapt their training

  • Gain motivated individuals who are keen to learn new skills

  • Expansion and upskilling of your workforce

FDQ’s experience with apprentices

We have released many news stories on apprentices throughout 2022. All apprentices we have spoke to have been incredibly motivated and intend to continue to develop their industry knowledge and development. Check out our news stories here:

For more information on FDQ’s apprenticeships visit:

For more information on FDQ’s End-point Assessments visit:

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