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Employers - Apprenticeships and Training

Apprenticeships

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

  • Cost effective access to increasing your workforce.
  • Improved productivity, allowing you to take on more jobs.
  • A source of increased productivity.
  • A loyal employee for the future.

Apprentices are given practical training that is relevant to your business, within your workplace, alongside guidance, support and competence assessment from the College. This ensures:

  • 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.

The New Apprenticeship Standards currently being developed are founded on the latest industry national standards – keeping you at the leading edge of people development and ahead of the competition.

How much does an Apprentice cost my business?

Apprentices aged 16 to 18 are fully funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and no employer contribution is required. Apprentices aged 19 and over are only part funded by the SFA and therefore an employer contribution towards training and support costs may be required.

You must also commit to 30 hours a week at a minimum rate of £3.90 per hour for those under 19 and those over 19 but in the first year of their Apprenticeship. However, this is only a minimum hourly rate and employers are encouraged to pay more where possible.

Further commitments:

  • Provide a contract of employment and an Apprenticeship Agreement - Click here for a 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

How do I recruit an Apprentice?

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

Writing a job description

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.

As a minimum your Job Description 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.

Apprenticeship Levy

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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