Do you have to provide training as well? I have apprentice veterinary nurses who I have to spend 3 hours per week actively teaching as well as monitoring their nursing progress logs and doing weekly tutorials.
Ask whether she has to do an NVQ portfolio in addition to going to college. If she does have to do a portfolio will you have to become an A1 assessor to assess the portfolio - this would be the normal way. I do pay more the peanuts recommended amount, but less than I would pay a non-apprentice as the training has a value.
I am currently looking for an Apprentice to employ, as I think the long-term benefits will be good for our company. It will be good to have someone who you can 'mould' to fit - of course there are pro's/con's - experience vs training from scratch etc, but I think on the whole it should be positive in the long run even if it is more/harder work to begin with. Studies have shown that it also increases loyalty to the employer. The NMW for Apprentices is £2.50/hr including when they are at college, but most employers (including us) will pay quite a bit more than this!
Yes, but my apprentice, for example, will only be going to college 1 day/week for 10 weeks. Ours will be on a salary rather than an hourly rate anyway, and it's only like day-release. It still works out cheaper because you generally pay apprentice's less to take account of the studying time and the lack of experience.
I work in a college that provides apprenticeships. KatyMac you may not have to assess as we have trained assessors who visit the workplace to assess. As long as you keep providing work and help him/her to meet the criteria s/he needs to meet you shouldn't have to do anymore than supervise them.
If you know which level you can get an idea of things they need to evidence here however this is the OCR spec, there are a number of others including edexcel.