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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. BCoT is one of the largest providers of apprenticeships in the region. We work with both large and small employers across all industry sectorsWe offer a free training needs analysis to identify training solutions for your business. Apprenticeships are growing fast and we are often asked similar questions in regard to this learning pathway. Please see the sections below to find out more information or contact us to discuss how we can help you to recruit, develop and retain your staff.
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.
Taking on an apprentice or providing opportunities for your existing staff to undertake an apprenticeship can benefit you as an employer by:
Useful links: www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/employers/
Find out more about the benefits to your business as explained by Amazing Apprenticeships.
Small employers (up to 50 employees) training 16 - 18 year olds can claim full funding from the government. They are also eligible for an employer incentive payment of £1,000 payable over two installments (90 days and 365 days) for training a 16 - 18 year old.Larger employers (with a salary over £3 million) can use their Apprenticeship Levy. They are also eligible for an employer incentive payment of £1,000 payable over two installments (90 days and 365 days) for training a 16 - 18 year old.
All other employers with 50+ employees 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 a 16 - 18 year old, they are eligible for the employer incentive payment of £1,000 paid in two installments (90 days and 365 days).
For apprentices aged 19 and above, all employers are expected to contribute 5% of the cost of the training with the Government paying the other 95%.
Apprenticeships are delivered in two ways and described as work based learning or day release.
For a list of all our current apprenticeship programmes please see our most up-to-date course list.
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:
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.
Yes, apprenticeship employer incentive payments are available. Employers who hire an apprentice 16 - 18 years of age at enrolment, who are NEW employees and are NEW to apprenticeship standards, are entitled to a £1000 Government incentive payment.
Incentive payments are payable in two instalments of 50% after 90 days and 50% after 365 days.
Employers are not required to pay National Insurance contributions for apprentices under the age of 25 at enrolment and earning less than £43,000 per year.
Additional COVID-19 Grants
Until 31 January 2022, all businesses who hire new apprentices of any age are entitled to an additional £3000 Government COVID-19 Grant per apprentice.
The COVID-19 grant is in addition to the incentive payment for apprentices aged 16 - 18 years of age or those under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan, with £4000 the maximum amount an employer could receive until 31 January 2022.
All apprenticeship employers in England can now access the full benefits of the Education and Skills Funding Agency's (ESFA), Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) account. The service provides employers with control over how to pay for apprenticeship training, manage current apprentices on their programmes, and recruit new apprentices.
We have created a how-to guide providing a step by step explanation and useful video tutorials to assist in creating a DAS account.