More and more employers are engaging in apprenticeships to develop and expand their businesses. Apprenticeships are available for newly recruited staff as well as existing employees. They help to refresh, enhance and develop your workforce to meet the growing needs of your business. This can either be employing a new member of staff as an apprentice or training existing employees to develop new skills. With the Government focus on growth, as well as the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, there has never been a better time to get involved.
An apprenticeship enables individuals to study for work-based qualifications that are designed to meet the requirements of learners and employers alike.
We offer a free training needs analysis to identify training solutions for your business. Contact us to discuss how we can help you to recruit, develop and retain your staff.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a work-based training programme designed around the needs of employers, which can lead to nationally recognised qualifications. 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 available for newly recruited staff and existing employees and there is no maximum age restriction. They help to refresh, enhance and develop your workforce to meet the growing 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 an apprentice benefit my 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, recruitment websites and social media. 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, 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 has invested in them.
- Increasing productivity and performance - a majority of employers say that apprenticeships helped them to improve productivity and to be more competitive.
Useful links: www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/employers/
Find out more about the benefits to your business as explained by Amazing Apprenticeships.
What is the cost of an apprenticeship?
Small employers (up to 50 employees) training 16-18 year olds can claim full funding from the government. They are also given an employer incentive payment of £1,000 over two installments.
Larger employers (with a salary over £3 million) can use their Apprenticeship Levy. They are also given an employer incentive payment of £1,000 over two installments for training 16-18 year olds.
All other employers who don’t pay the Levy are expected to contribute 5% of the cost of the training with the Government paying the other 95%. Again, if training 16-18 year olds, they are also entitled to the employer incentive payment of £1,000 paid in two instalments.
How is the training delivered?
Apprenticeships are delivered in two ways and described as work based learning or day release.
- Day release - requires college attendance one day a week for the duration of their apprenticeship programme.
- Work based learning – full delivery in the workplace with no college attendance required.
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 Training Consultant will be allocated to each apprentice and will provide you with regular feedback on progress
- Reviews by the 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 incentive payments 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 £4.15 (as of April 2020).
- To provide each apprentice with a contract of employment, outlining the terms and conditions of their job.
- 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. The Pensions Regulator explains the requirements needed to fulfill the scheme in your workplace.
How do I recruit an apprentice?
If you are interested in recruiting an apprentice, please contact our Business Development Team:
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:
- Advertising the vacancy free of charge on the National Apprenticeship Service vacancy website and across our social media channels: Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
- Screening any subsequent applicants to ensure they qualify for the Apprenticeship and match your criteria
- Provide you with a short list of suitable candidates
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 a cost effective training solution.
Aspiral Learning offer a wide range of apprenticeships (including a management degree apprenticeship), with some programmes starting at any point throughout the year, please contact the team to discuss in further detail.
Are there any apprenticeship incentive payments currently available?
Yes, incentive payments of £1000 are available to any employer training a 16-18 year old apprentice.