An apprenticeship is a job with training, where your apprentice learns real new skills and gains industry-recognised qualifications. Firebrand IT Apprenticeships are open to anyone 16 or over, and they typically last 12-24 months. This is a real job and requires commitment, hard work and good time-keeping. Your apprentice will be learning on the job, and during their weeks at the Firebrand Training centre.
Firebrand is your apprentice's fastest way to learn. This means they get certified at twice the speed. To enable this, courses run at least 12 hours a day, for seven days a week.
We recommend a starting salary of £200 per week, and to cover any expenses such as travel to the training centre. We also recommend that you review your apprentice's salary as they pass exams or complete courses and take on extra responsibility.
This depends on the programme you choose, and some other criteria. For example, if you chose one of our two-year programmes, you would pay only a third of the costs of the training. The government would pay the other two thirds. You can also receive £1,000s in cash incentives on completion of the programme and more depending on the size of your business and the age of your apprentice.
You can introduce your apprentice to many different jobs in IT, including:
A 35-hour week (typically 9.00am - 5.00pm) with a one hour lunch break is normal.
Yes, your apprentice will be entitled to the same holiday schemes as the rest of your employees.
Working with an apprentice requires commitment. Like any new employee, your apprentice will need guidance and leadership. You and your apprentice get a designated Programme Facilitator, who will guide you throughout your apprenticeship. Through 10-week reviews, visits to your workplace and working with you to collect evidence of work-based projects.
The training takes place at our residential training centre at Wyboston Lakes in Bedfordshire. All courses are residential, meaning your apprentice lives with us for the duration of the training and therefore only needs to travel to us once per course. If they drive, there's plenty of free parking, and the postcode is MK44 3AL. The nearest railway station is St Neots and there is a free shuttle bus service to and from the training centre.
When you hire an apprentice, you both sign a 12-, 18- or 24-month contract. When your programme is completed, you have the choice whether to bring them into permanent employment. In a survey carried out by the TUC the success rate for IT apprenticeships was excellent, with more than four out of five (83%) of apprentices working at the same company beyond the initial contract.
Yes, you can hire as many apprentices as you want - there’s no limit.
Yes. Plus, because Firebrand is a Tech Industry Gold provider, your apprentice can be of any age.
Yes. You need to choose your training programme at the start of the apprenticeship, but you can tailor this once you get to know your apprentice.
No. Unfortunately, your company must be based in England to qualify for the government funding. This means we unfortunately cannot accept applications from Ireland, Scotland and Wales
No. The generous government cash incentives have replaced - and far outweigh - this grant.
Yes. It’s not a necessity to pass the exams, though apprentices are covered by the Firebrand Certification Guarantee. Plus, apprentices who struggle with exams can take an awarding body (City & Guilds) equivalent.
If your apprentice hasn't received any training, you get a full refund for that training. If some training has been taken, you're refunded for any remaining training.