Recruitment Apprenticeship Myths

Recruitment Apprenticeship Myths

There are a lot of myths surrounding recruitment apprenticeships which can be off putting for a lot of recruitment agencies considering employing an Apprentice or up skilling their existing staff.

Below we assess the myths you might be faced with and debunk them once and for all!

Myth: Apprenticeships are expensive.

Reality: This year the Government has introduced the Apprenticeship Levy(TAX) in a bid to bridge the skills gap by raising the number and quality of apprentices in the UK.

The Levy is designed as a “use it or lose it” tax approximately ½% of their wage bill. Therefore, there are lots of funds set aside to be used on new apprenticeships and upskill training.

Therefore, if you have a wage bill of £3mil plus you already have paid funds into the Levy. These funds can only be claimed back on Apprenticeships Schemes or Upskill Training

If you are not a levy payer then the government will fund 90% of any apprenticeship and you will just need to fund 10% of the qualification cost. This is outstanding value which will enable you to bring new Apprentices into your company or you could use it to upskill your existing workforce. Ultimately you get training for virtually free or pre-paid.

Myth: In house trainers/L&D personnel will be made obsolete

Reality: One of the biggest worries is that In-house trainers/L&D personnel have is that their job would become obsolete once there appoint an apprenticeship/training provider. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Apprenticeship and training programs can deliver the companies own content. The training programs can be delivered in conjunction with their own induction. So simply put the employer can deliver the contents with help from the training provider and the training provider awards the qualification upon completion of the course.

Myth: Apprenticeships are only for young people

Reality: You are never too old for an apprenticeship. There's no upper age limit for becoming an apprentice, although arrangements for funding are different if you are over 19 years of age.

One of the most common misdemeanors is that the levy or government incentives can only be used on new employees. Existing employee can be upskilled and you claim the price of their training in the same way as apprenticeship schemes.


Myth: It’s not as good as a college or university course

Reality: Recruitment has lots of great opportunities and can offer a range of qualifications such as the Certificate in Recruitment Resourcing which is very popular and is seen as the standard for recruitment practice in the UK. Some of the higher qualifications can go on to be equivalent to a university degree, so don’t feel like you’re missing out!

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels to the below.


  • Intermediate - 2 - 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C
  • Advanced - 3 - 2 A Level passes
  • Higher - 4,5,6 and 7 - Foundation Degree and above
  • Degree - 6 and 7 - Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree


Myth: Your Apprentice will be out of the office once a week.

Reality: Firstly, you are required to spend 20% of the duration of the course doing what the government call “off job training”. This could be loaded front end or back end; however, you want really. “Off the job training” can be delivered in the place of work so they are at hand for urgent issues, trainer just encourage that this training doesn’t involve there normal duties (basically uptraining).

“off the job training” can take the guise off:

  • The teaching of theory (for example lectures, role-playing, simulation exercises, online learning or manufacturer training)
  • Practical training: shadowing, mentoring, industry visits and attendance at competitions
  • Learning support and time spent writing assessments/assignments


As you have heard from our myth busters, not everything you see or read is the truth and an apprenticeship in Recruitment may be the perfect ingredient to mould a star employee of the future.


If you would like more information on an apprenticeship or up training, please go to Marketplace and Click on Professional Association and Enquire Now.

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