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More and more employers are engaging in apprenticeships to develop and expand their businesses.   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 qualification that are designed to meet learners and employer requirements. 

We have an extensive range apprenticeship solutions courses specifically designed to support growth and development that can be used for new employees or to upskill your existing staff.  We also have access to a large pool of young people and are are well placed to help you with your recruitment needs.

Our role is to develop  prepare people for jobs and high quality careers so our education and training offer is focused on developing rounded individuals with the technical, professional and personal skills to succeed in your workplace.

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 invested in them.
  • Increasing productivity and performance - a majority of employers say that apprenticeships helped them to improve productivity and to be more competitive.

What is the cost of an Apprenticeship?


Employers, with the exception of small employers (up to 50 employees) training 16-18 year old apprentices, are expected to contribute towards the cost of the training.  Larger employers (with a paybill over £3 million) can use their levy funds to pay for the training.  Other employers (except those previously mentioned) who don’t pay the levy are expected to contribute 10 % to the costs of the training with the Government paying the other 90%.  The costs vary depending on the apprenticeship programme - 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, which 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 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 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 £3.50 (from October 2017).
  • To provide each apprentice with a contract of employment, outlining the terms and conditions of their job.. 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 Claire Morris, Business Development Manager, on 07827 360667. 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

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) 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, grants of £1000 are available for small employers (up to 50 employees) training a 16-18 year old apprentice.   


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