Manchester Metropolitan University

How to Recruit an Apprentice

Degree Apprenticeships are a great solution for developing new skills within your existing workforce and also for bringing an injection of enthusiastic and enterprising talent into your organisation.

We are here to support you to find the most suitable candidates for your roles, who can rapidly progress within your business, as they develop the new capabilities that result from studying an apprenticeship.

In order to get the widest pool of high-calibre candidates we will assist you to advertise your vacancies in the following ways:

Online

We would recommend that you advertise apprenticeship roles on your own website and follow the usual recruitment process and channels that you would for any other vacancy.

We add all job opportunities with our employer partners to our own website and they will be sent to our database of registered candidates. We will share your vacancies through the University’s school outreach activities and our social media channels.

We will also support you to list your vacancy on the National Apprenticeship Service website, the most widely used portal for apprenticeships nationwide.

Open Evenings

Our Apprenticeship Open Evenings, which are run approximately four times per year, provide employers with a great opportunity to make direct connections with potential candidates. The exhibition at our open evening is a lively space, where interested applicants will be looking for information about you as an employer and your roles.

Assessment Centres

We can facilitate assessment centres, where you can observe and interact with a pool of candidates, while they complete task-based activities, individually and in groups. This service is offered complimentary to our employer partner organisations, when organised at our Manchester campus.

Other options

There are many other third party recruitment tools available for advertising your role and we would be happy to discuss these options with you. Please contact us for more information.

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Employer Values and Commitments

Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to open up new entry routes into organisations and a positive channel for increasing the diversity of a workforce. Therefore, we would expect employers to demonstrate a commitment to equal opportunities throughout their recruitment process and during the apprentices period of employment.

As an apprentice employer, we expect organisations: 

  • to offer a minimum salary of £12,000 per year and offer clear progression routes for an apprentice's development throughout the period of their programme
  • to provide a contract of employment for at least 30 hours per week that is, as a minimum, equal to the expected duration of the apprenticeship
  • to release students to attend study days during their normal working hours and also allocate off-the-job time to complete any independent study
  • to allocate a mentor, who can guide the apprentice's development and liaise with the University to regularly review progress.

The University provides a half-day training workshop for managers and mentors of apprentices to help them effectively guide an apprentices development and prepare a toolkit for managing common workplace scenarios.

 

 

 

Employers