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Apprenticeships and Training
Apprenticeships enable young people and adult learners to train in a real job and gain a recognised qualification while earning a wage. Apprentices usually work at least 30 hours a week and must be paid at least the appropriate National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices (which varies according to their age).
Government funding for training apprentices is available throughout the UK, and, depending on location, employers can also apply for separate grants or employer recruitment incentives if they take on an apprentice.
Hiring your apprentice
Choose an apprenticeships framework or standard for an apprenticeship in your industry and at a suitable level.
Find an organisation that offers training for the apprenticeship framework or standard you’ve chosen.
Check what funding is available.
Advertise your apprenticeship - your training organisation will do this for you through the find an apprenticeship service.
Select your apprentice and make an apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement with them.
You can use an apprenticeship training agency if you want to employ an apprentice without the responsibility for running the apprenticeship scheme.
For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/take-on-an-apprentice
Traineeships are government-funded training programmes that are delivered by training providers in partnership with employers, who provide interview experience and work placements to enable young people to become 'work ready'.
Traineeships are unwaged, but provide young people who need to develop their skills further before applying for apprenticeships with the opportunity to undertake training in functional skills such as maths and English, while giving them vital work experience.
Go to www.gov.uk/guidance/traineeships/ for more information about traineeships.
Training your staff
Acas provides information, advice, training and conciliation services about all aspects of employment, including recruitment.
Tel: 0300 123 1100 (Helpline)
Improving your customer base
Lots of businesses can look good on paper but it is a good idea to test your business idea to really know how successful it is.
Test trading allows you to practice whether you are able to sell your product or service. The key to successful test trading is to plan what you hope to achieve:
Where will you test trade and why? For example, will you rent a market stall or trade on the street?
How much will it cost?
Will you need a licence?
How many products will you aim to sell and at what price? How many products will you need to sell and at what price to prove your market?
What do you hope to learn?
There are lots of places where you could test trade. You could:
rent a market stall for a short period to practise selling your product or introduce people to your service – selling in and amongst seasoned market trades people is also a good learning curve and will help you to improve your sales skills!
sell at street fairs or flea markets to judge demand for your product or service – selling at street fairs, flea markets or holiday markets only requires a temporary street vendor licence.
go door-to-door with a sample of your product – you won’t be able to take any money for your sample and will have to inform samplers if your product is food or drink that you can’t take responsibility, for example, for any allergic reaction a taster might have.
Test Trading in Bexley:
If you are a trader and wish to use the public highway to sell goods, place out a shop display of any type or place out tables and chairs for eating or drinking you will need a Temporary Street Trading Licence.
Getting a licence
Applications must be made in writing 28 days prior to trading and you will be asked to provide specific information, including details of the area you wish to use.
You must comply with any conditions attached to a licence.
If you intend trading in food and/or drinks see Food Safety concerning food hygiene/safety certificates.
Representing a charity
Charity collections are licensed by the Metropolitan Police.
Going from door to door
Pedlars licences, where you go from house to house are available to residents of the London Borough of Bexley from the Metropolitan Police by emailing
Trading in Bexleyheath Broadway
If you wish to apply for a Street Trading Licence in the Broadway Pedestrian Area, Bexleyheath, you need to contact:
BID (Business Improvement District)
Bexleyheath Business Partnership Ltd
C/O Bexley Central Library
2 Townley Road
Kent DA6 7HJ
telephone 020 8304 0775
For more information visit: www.bexley.gov.uk/services/licensing-and-permits/licensing