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Apprenticeships can help businesses across the country and all industry sectors by offering a route to harness fresh talent. If you have trained staff with the right skills for the job they can carry out a broader range of tasks and have the ability to take on new and greater responsibilities. Apprenticeships are cost effective because staff will learn while they are on the job and the government contributes to the cost of the learning.

Aspiral Learning is constantly improving the way it delivers Apprenticeships to ensure that employers' requirements are met and outstanding value for money continues to be provided.

If the Apprenticeship you are interested in does not appear, please call 01256 306237.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a work-based training programme designed around the needs of employers, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications.

Apprenticeships are made up of a framework of qualifications, which include an NVQ, Diploma or Certificate (competence qualification), Technical Certificate (underpinning knowledge), Functional Skills (English, maths, ICT), Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) and Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR). Apprenticeships at BCoT do have entry criteria and each candidate will be assessed to ascertain their current level to ensure suitability onto the chosen Apprenticeship programme.

Apprenticeships are open to newly recruited staff and existing employees and have no maximum age restriction. They help to refresh, enhance and develop your workforce to meet the growth needs of your business.

Upon completion of an Apprenticeship, employees not only achieve a nationally recognised qualification but will have gained the skills and knowledge required to make a positive impact within your organisation.

 

How can Apprenticeships benefit my business?

In these uncertain economic times, it is vital that your workforce is fully committed, motivated and trained to the required level to ensure the continued success and growth of your business. Taking on an apprentice or providing opportunities for your existing staff to undertake an Apprenticeship can benefit you as an employer by:

Reducing advertising and recruitment costs - Aspiral Learning can advertise your vacancy free of charge through the National Apprenticeship Service website. Training apprentices is more cost effective than hiring pre-skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs.

Providing cost effective training - Aspiral Learning can access government funding through the Skills Funding Agency to contribute towards the cost of the training.

Offering a flexible, convenient training programme which can be tailored to meet your organisational needs - Aspiral Learning will work with you to ensure that the apprentices learning plan compliments their job role and the requirements of your business.

Developing a well-trained, committed and motivated workforce - apprentices are predominantly more eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invested in them.

Increasing productivity and overall company performance - Apprenticeships deliver a real return to your bottom line. A majority of employers say that apprenticeships helped them to improve productivity and to be more competitive.

 

What is the cost of an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are fully funded by the Skills Funding Agency for learners aged 16-18 and part funded for learners aged 19-23. This means that there may be a contribution required for some apprenticeship programmes, and this varies depending on the industry sector. Please contact us for further details.

Click here to view the new Funding Guide for Employers for Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships for those 24 years of age and above. This document was issued by the National Apprenticeship Service.

 

How is the training delivered?

For Apprenticeships in Engineering, Automotive, Hairdressing, Beauty, Barbering, Accountancy and Construction, learners attend college on a day release basis.

Apprenticeships in Business Administration, Childcare, Customer Service, Management, Team Leading, Support Teaching and Learning, Hospitality and Warehousing are delivered in the workplace and can be started at any time of the year. Please contact us for further details.

 

What support is available for employers?
  • Promotion of your vacancy through Aspiral Learning's database of applicants
  • Screening for literacy & numeracy levels for new recruits and existing employees
  • Further in-depth screening for training needs takes place for those candidates progressing to Advanced Apprenticeships and other training programmes
  • Aspiral Learning will carry out a Health & Safety audit to ensure that your premises comply with up to date Health & Safety legislation
  • A Personal Training Consultant will be allocated to each apprentice and will provide you with regular feedback on progress
  • Reviews by the Personal Training Consultant will take place at least once every 6-12 weeks
  • If training is delivered in the workplace, an assessor will visit your apprentice once every 2-4 weeks
  • Funding and government grants to assist with the cost of training

 

What are my responsibilities as an employer?
  • To contribute towards training fees where applicable
  • To pay the apprentice a fair rate of pay; taking into account learner status, market forces and your own pay policy. The minimum hourly rate for apprentices in England is currently £3.30 (from October 2015).
  • To provide each apprentice with a contract of employment, outlining the terms and conditions of their job. This must be issued within 8 weeks of commencement of employment. For more advice on contracts, please click here. Should you need expert advice, please click here.
  • To provide each apprentice with an induction into the workplace, this should include all Health & Safety regulations specific to your industry
  • To provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as necessary
  • To support the achievement of the qualification by ensuring the apprentice produces relevant work by set target dates
  • Ensure the apprentice is provided with the time needed to attend day release training sessions and for tutor and training consultant visits if applicable
  • Appoint a nominated supervisor to mentor the apprentice through their training
  • Ensure that you have the proper pension provision in place should this be applicable.  For further advice on this, please click here.

 

How do I recruit an apprentice?

If you are interested in recruiting an apprentice please contact Sally Claughton, Business Development Manager, on 07827 360669. We will check our files and recommend suitable candidates for your consideration. If there are no suitable candidates held on file then we can assist by:

  • Liaising with you to establish the type of person that you are looking for
  • Advertising the vacancy free of charge on the National Apprenticeship Service vacancy website and across our social media channels: 
  • Screening any subsequent applicants to ensure they qualify for the Apprenticeship and match your criteria
  • Provide you with a short list of suitable candidates

You are of course able to undertake your own recruitment activities, in both cases it is you the employer who makes the final decision in selection.

 

Can I put my existing staff through an Apprenticeship programme?

Yes. Apprenticeships are not only for school and college leavers seeking employment; your existing staff can also enjoy the benefits. Employers find that training their existing staff through an Apprenticeship programme is much more cost effective due to the available funding for anyone under the age of 24 and more convenient because of the work-based learning element.

Aspiral Learning offer a wide range of Apprenticeships that can be started at any point throughout the year, please contact the team to discuss in further detail.

 

Are there any Apprenticeship grants currently available?

Yes, there is one grant available of upto £1500.  You must have 50 employees or less to qualify for this. 

 

Employer Case Study
Barry Walker - Skilz

Over the last 25 years Skilz have proudly put many young people through the modern apprentice system. Being based here in Basingstoke for so long we feel we should be giving back to the community that has been fundamental to our success.

Partnering with a first rate college such as BCoT for our training needs has helped ease what can be a challenging process for the apprentice, the trainers and the employer.

As well as learning the fundamentals of the specific job, grasping the other key elements such as Health & Safety, presentation skills, building relationships within your direct team and with customers etc. are the only way to move forward. Without these skills you are of little value to your prospective employers. In Max's time with us he clearly put in a great effort and quickly developed into a well-rounded character and we are pleased to say "you're hired".

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