LMPQ provides a fresh and invigorating approach to recruiting young people. We provide young people with skills that go beyond the requirements of the Apprenticeship and qualifications they receive… making them an asset to your business today and the key to your business’ long term growth and success.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a government-funded vocational training programme for young people in which formal off-site training is combined with on-the-job experience and assessment. The result is a well qualified and vocationally competent individual. Young people are increasingly choosing the apprenticeship route as a career-focused alternative to further education.

LMPQ recognises the critical importance of achieving the “right fit” with your business. So our selection procedure is extensive. We start by working with you to gain a thorough understanding of your business culture to ensure that an apprentice will hit the ground running – on your terms. We select and vet young people on character, personality and commitment as much as intellect, social skills and a good education standards especially in English and Math’s.

Why should Employers hire an LMPQ Apprentice?

  • Apprenticeships can help your business by offering a route to harness fresh talent
  • You can help a young person to learn a skill and begin a new career for life
  • The right Apprentice will help a company reduce skills shortages, staff turnover and increase productivity
  • LMPQ will do the legwork to support your Apprentice recruitment – free of charge.

How do you employ an LMPQ apprentice?

LMPQ has a selection process to ensure that only the right calibre of young person is recruited onto the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme. LMPQ will advertise your vacancy, select suitable candidates, assess their competence and attitude on the LMPQ Pre Apprenticeship Assessment Programme and arrange interviews at times suitable to you

LMPQ Apprenticeship Entry Requirements

Applicants for the Apprenticeship should have at least 5 GCSE’s grades 4 – 9, including English & Maths.

The LMPQ Pre Apprenticeship Assessment Programme

Once selected all learner’s will undertake an 8-week (2 days per week) pre apprenticeship assessment programme. They will be  taught to prepare for job interviews, business and work skills, team working as well as some basic IT skills. They will be assessed for attitude, application and attendance. During this time you will be given an opportunity to interview a selection of the learners to see who might be the most suitable for your business.

Apprenticeship wages

As the employer you will be responsible for paying the apprentice the minimum wage for a minimum of 30 hours per week. This includes the time your Apprentice spends at the LMPQ academy. This works out at £3.70 per hour per hour for a 16-18 year old or a 19+ year old in the first year of their apprenticeship.

Once your Apprentice has graduated from their learning programme (approx. 1 year) you will be responsible for their continued employment and meeting appropriate minimum wage standards. 

How do LMPQ support the apprentice?

LMPQ will provide the learner with professional industry standard training and development whilst at the LMPQ Academy and we will periodically visit the learner in the workplace to review their learning and to monitor their progress.

How will you need to support your apprentice?

As with any new young employee you will need to provide them with support and guidance in their new role. LMPQ would recommend that you nominate a ‘mentor’ employee who will show them the ropes and teach them how to apply the classroom learned skills in a live business environment.

You will also be committed to allow your apprentice to attend all planned day release training and assessment activity at the LMPQ Academy and to provide learners with time in the workplace to complete work based assignments and projects.

What does an Apprentice cost?

The LMPQ Apprenticeship recruitment service is free of charge. However, with the introduction of the governments new Apprenticeship levy there may be a costs associated with the training of your apprentice, in short:

If you employ less than 50 people and your Apprentice is aged 16 to 18 then there is no cost to training.

If you employ more than 50 people and / or your apprentice is aged 19 or older then you will be asked to make a 10% contribution towards training costs.

For more information on Apprenticeship fees download a copy of the LMPQ Apprenticeship levy guide here