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A Cost-Effective Way of Developing a Skilled and Motivated Workforce

Green Labyrinth want to partner with employers no matter how big or small. Our operating area is Swindon and the surrounding areas of Wiltshire and Gloucestershire but not exclusively. Our team are available to answer your questions and discuss apprenticeships. The government funding landscape continually changes and we will take the pain out of the funding process. Green Labyrinth offer a collaborative, positive and reliable education provider service.

Benefits of Apprenticeships

Employing apprentices is an effective way to grow inhouse talent, moulded the way you want. Apprenticeships develop a qualified, skilled, motivated workforce. You can adapt their training according to the needs of your business. An apprentice aged between 16 and 18 attracts a £1000 government bonus for the employer.


of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation.


of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve productivity.


of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve the quality of their product or service.


Why an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are an exciting opportunity for both apprentice and employer. Green Labyrinth ensure the best chance of success for on-the-job learning. We can help you employ someone new or support upskilling the existing workforce. The training is funded by the government and programmes are between 12 and 18 months, with a 3 month assessment window at the end. Green Labyrinth support employers and cut through the red tape so you don’t have to.

What’s the process?

1. Deciding on the need for an apprentice:

Apprenticeships are for anyone aged 16 or over and combine working with studying to gain skills and knowledge in the workplace.  Apprentices can be new or current employees. Newly recruited apprentices are paid £5.28 ph. Apprentices add value to companies. They bring innovation, inspiration and fill vacancies. Apprentices are cost effective while increasing business efficiency; trained the way you want.

2. How to recruit an apprentice:

To hire an apprentice, delegate the creation of the job description and job advert to us. Green Labyrinth work collaboratively with employers to find the right recruit.

3. Select the successful candidate.

Green Labyrinth will help to advertise for positions, collate applications, sift and shortlist for employers. Interviews are carried out in partnership, with you selecting the successful candidate.

4. Induction into the workplace and onto the apprenticeship

New employees require a comprehensive induction. Green Labyrinth will prepare the apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement which highlight the training schedule. The successful candidate is inducted into the workplace by you whilst Green Labyrinth visit the apprentice in the workplace.

5. At least 12 weekly progress reviews

The apprenticeship may be the person’s first experience of work. Successful candidates should be provided with guidance and feedback throughout. Green Labyrinth will conduct progress reviews to check development against the training schedule. Employers are invited to join progress reviews and contribute to feedback and targets for the apprentice’s holistic development.

6. End Point Assessment

The only assessment of the apprentice happens once Green Labyrinth completes the training. The testing phase is called End Point Assessment (EPA). EPA is completed by an independent body, they will evaluate the apprentice and test the new skills, knowledge and behaviours gained. An apprentice can achieve a pass, merit or distinction grade.

Apprenticeship Funding:

The funding for an apprentice is different for different sized employers.

Large Levy Paying Employer:

As a large employer (50+ colleagues and a wages bill of over £3M) you pay the annual Apprenticeship levy which is 0.5% of your annual wages bill (Levy Calculator). Larger employers have a £15,000 levy allowance hence a wages bill of more than £3M will pay the levy. Funds are taken from PAYE and kept in an Apprenticeship account. The Government adds a 10% top up. You can access the funds through your Apprenticeship account to pay for training apprentices.

Apprentices aged 16 to 18 or 19 to 24 and is a care leaver or has an Education, Health Care Plan (ECHP), you will receive a £1,000 bonus per apprentice, paid in two instalments.

Small to Medium Employer with 50+ Colleagues but Not a Levy Paying Employer:

A small to medium employer (with 50+ colleagues but a wages bill of less than £3M) you will be funded by co-investment funding from the government. The Government pays 95% of the Apprenticeship and you pay the remaining 5%. All Apprenticeships in England must be managed through the Apprenticeship Service. Set up an Apprenticeship Account.

Apprentices aged 16 to 18 or 19 to 24 and is a care leaver or has an Education, Health Care Plan (ECHP), you will receive a £1,000 bonus per apprentice, paid in two instalments.

Small or Micro Employer with 49 or less Colleagues:

A small employer will have the total cost of Apprenticeship paid for by the government. All Apprenticeships in England must be managed through the Apprenticeship Service. Set up an Apprenticeship Account.

Apprentices aged 16 to 18 or 19 to 24 and is a care leaver or has an Education, Health Care Plan (ECHP), you will receive a £1,000 bonus per apprentice, paid in two instalments.


Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if it doesn’t work out?

Not all apprenticeships are successful. A probationary period is in place like any other employee. The probationary period is for the apprentice and employer to decide if they have made the right choices. Green Labyrinth will attempt to find a new vacancy for the learner if things don’t workout.

Will the apprentice spend time away from the job?

There is mandatory 20% off the job training (OTJT) which is equivalent to 1 day a week based on a 30 hour week. OTJT is training about the job while not physically doing the job. OTJT can be conducted onsite or at Green Labyrinth’s centre. Apprentices should spend time with peers from other employers.

Can I recruit an apprentice?

Any employer in England can hire an apprentice.

What are the requirements for hiring an apprentice?

Be based in England to access funding. Have a role, JD and Job Spec for an apprentice to give the apprentice the opportunity to succeed. Provide the apprentice with support and mentoring in their role. Pay an apprentices at least the National Minimum Wage for apprentices.

What does an apprentice earn?

A new apprentice must be paid the National Minimum Wage for apprentices which is £5.28ph.

What times of the year can I employ an apprentice?

Any time. Although an apprentice is a Green Labyrinth learner, they do not work to the academic calendar like learners in fulltime education.

What are the minimum and maximum ages for an apprentice?

The apprentice must be at least 16 years old, there is no upper age limit.

What are the levels and what do they mean?

Each apprenticeship has a level and an equivalency. Green Labyrinth’s apprenticeships are currently either Intermediate or Advanced. 

What is the Apprenticeship Service?

You need to create an apprenticeship Service account. This is where you secure government funding to pay for apprenticeship training. Green Labyrinth are available to guide you every step of the way.

What is meant by IAG and progression?

Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) is essential and designed to promote the benefits of learning. Green Labyrinth help individuals address and overcome any barriers to progression. Progression is supporting apprentices to making realistic and well-informed choices regarding their future.

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