Do you need skilled workers to stay ahead of the competition and move your business forward?

By placing talented people at the heart of your business, an apprentice gives you:

  • Cost effective access to people resources.
  • A source of increased productivity.
  • A loyal employee for the future.

The Apprenticeship Programme allows young people to be given practical training that is relevant to your business. Much of the training is delivered within the workplace so that:

  • The apprentice is working for you whilst they learn.
  • You help shape the worker that you need.
  • Once qualified, they already know how your business works.

As well as other business benefits that come from choosing an apprentice, your business also gets an injection of latest thinking and best practice from your industry, providing the impetus for future growth and success.

Many of our programmes are delivered at our new 3.5 million pound skills centre, supported by state-of-the-art facilities within New College Stamford. Our work-based training, delivered by industry professionals, is founded on the latest industry national standards – keeping you at the leading edge of people development and ahead of the competition.

An Apprenticeship Programme will deliver a number of benefits to your business:

  • Improve productivity – your apprentice will quickly become a real asset, improving productivity and competitiveness by letting you take on more jobs.
  • Effective teams – cultivate strong, motivated teams by developing your own people.
  • Future Security – by giving your apprentice a start in their career you create a loyal workforce. Passing on your knowledge and skills to the next generation not only gives you a sense of personal achievement, but raises the profile of your business. The most important asset that your business has is its people. A professional team of people that has received structured training, combining work-based learning with College study, will give your customers confidence that your business can deliver.

The apprentice is working for you whilst they learn. You help shape the worker that you need.

Apprentices are employed by your company and must be paid a salary that reflects their skills, experience, age and ability

From 1st October 2016 the minimum wage rate for apprentices is £3.40 per hour.

The new rate will apply to:

  • Apprentices under 19.
  • Apprentices aged 19 and over but in the first year of their Apprenticeship.

Employers are encouraged to pay more than the basic minimum rate to attract the best possible candidates.

For more information on wage rates visit GOV.UK

Your commitment to your apprentice:

  • Provide a contract of employment andan Apprenticeship Agreement – Click here for template
  • Assign a mentor who will supervise, monitor and train the apprentice(s) in the workplace.
  • Provide opportunities for training and development, ensuring relevant experience is being gained in the workplace for the appropriate Apprenticeship Programme.
  • Allow time for your apprentice to study and attend training at college (typically one day a week).
  • Encourage your apprentice to undertake further studies, and offer progression where possible.

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) manages Apprenticeships as a national programme through its network of training providers.

You can find out more about employing an apprentice visit GOV.UK

You need to think about:

  • The basic duties you expect of your apprentice.
  • The type of person that will fit your business.
  • What that person will be worth to you.

Once you’ve thought about the above, you’ll need to write a Job Description. As a minimum this needs to be a brief summary of the job role, followed by a list of duties to be carried out. This can then be used as part of your advert to recruit an apprentice.

Please don’t worry if you’re struggling with the Job Description. Contact us on 01780 484300 and ask for the Business Development team who will be happy to help.

Once we have an understanding of your requirements, we will help to secure your ideal candidate:

  • By using the college recruitment process, you save valuable time and resources, and can be confident that you are getting the right person for the job.
  • If you already have someone in mind to be your apprentice, or they already work for you, we will meet with them to discuss how the programme works and what the opportunities are. We will also help to secure any funding that you may be eligible for, although an employer contribution may be required (see next heading).

Click on the following to view the Employers Guide to Apprenticeship Recruitment

The Skills Funding Agency fully funds Apprenticeships for 16 to 18 year olds only. As such, if you wish to employ an apprentice who is over the age of 18, then as the employer you will need to contribute to the training and support costs incurred by the college. However, any monetary contribution that you make towards the apprentices training may be offset by the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) that is currently available.For detailed information on the grantvisit GOV.UK

Click on the following to view the Employer Charter

Click on the links below for information regarding the Apprenticeship Levy Reform and what you need to know:

Wage bill over£3m

Wage bill under£3m

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