Take on an Apprentice

Apprenticeships help bring valuable skills into your business and we can guide you through the process of taking on an Apprentice. We can help you to identify the most appropriate apprenticeship delivery partner and calculate what funding could be available towards your apprentice training costs. We can provide you with a wraparound service encompassing all aspects of hiring an apprentice.

We will listen to your requirements and support you through the process of taking on an Apprenticeship. You may need to be linked to the most appropriate apprenticeship delivery partner, access levy funding or incentives. We provide end to end impartial support at whatever stage you are at.


By offering an apprenticeship you can ensure that the skills developed can link to your business’s current and future needs, so you can attract and develop the best local talent or support existing staff gain the skills needed to move through your organisation, and invest in the future by getting talent that’s right for your business.

An apprenticeship is a job with training for new or existing employees and includes comprehensive, formal training programmes heavily subsidised by the government. They provide a cost-effective solution to developing your staff and business.

Your commitment to taking on an apprentice;

  • Provide the minimum apprenticeship length
  • Pay the minimum aged-based pay for apprentices
  • Support off the job training which is at least 20% of their working hours
  • Must provide a genuine job for the learner
  • Sign an apprenticeship agreement and a training plan

Benefits to Businesses

Taking on an Apprentice has a huge range of benefits for your business, the facts speak for themselves:

Thousands of businesses are hiring apprentices as a productive and effective way to grow talent and grow their workforce. Whether they are recruiting new talent into the business or developing existing staff, these businesses have chosen apprenticeships to build the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to succeed.

  • 86% of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation
  • 78% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve productivity
  • 74% of employers said apprenticeships help them improve the quality of their product or service

Other benefits can include:

  • They are motivated to learn new skills
  • You can expand and upskill your workforce
  • You can adapt their training according to the needs of your business

You can employ apprentices at different levels, from school leavers and university graduates to upskilling an existing employee who may wish to further their careers or change direction within your organisation.

What does it involve?

Apprenticeships are an exciting option for both apprentice and employer. They last at least a year and can provide a great opportunity to learn valuable knowledge, skills and behaviours, on-the-job and off the job, supported by your business and an external training provider. You will be expected to employ the apprentice for at least the duration of the apprenticeship, at a minimum of 30 hours per week and allow at least 20% off the job training throughout the programme.

There are a wide range of apprenticeships available to suit the needs of your business which can bring new skills and technologies. It is a cost-effective way for you to bring extra resources into your business and provide training opportunities to your local community.

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Roq is proud to offer a Level 4 Apprenticeship qualification in Software Testing, where skills learned are aligned to industry-recognised ISTQB, Tester Apprenticeship and SFIA with plenty of on-the-job learning, mentoring and support from our leading technology professionals. It’s a structured, 15-month programme of intensive training and client-side projects, ultimately giving individuals a qualification, equivalent to a foundation degree.  Roq is keen to promote careers in the sector across a diverse and inclusive range of backgrounds, bringing more women, career changers and ex-forces personnel into the technology sector, so weve invested in our own academy to recruit new talent into the industry, with our commitment to growth, training and diversity at the heart of Roq’s future growth plans.  Our Level 4 Apprenticeship in Software Testing is an opportunity for individuals to start, or maybe re-start, a career in software testing, and set themselves up for a long and successful career in the sector, while we benefit from the skills that enthusiastic, inquisitive, individuals who are keen to learn new skills and have the tenacity to develop knowledge while working in an exciting and ever-changing environment can bring to our business.

- Shaheen Gul