Apprenticeship information for employers & business

Apprenticeship Information FOR BUSINESS

What is an Apprenticeship?

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  • Why?
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Apprenticeships are real jobs.

Apprenticeships are a work-based programme with a skills development plan and assessments. It combines hands-on work with recognised training. Employers can hire a new employee as an Apprentice or grow talent with current employees.

Apprentices normally work a minimum of 30 hours a week, 20% of the apprentice’s time will be spent completing off-the-job training (usually one day a week) at a College, University, Training Provider or on site. They have the same rights as all employees so are paid, get sick pay and annual leave.

Apprentices will be working towards qualifications from level 2 -7 (education equivalent – GCSE to master’s degree).

Apprenticeships must last one year but can be up to 5 years for some qualifications.

The national minimum wage for an apprentice aged 16-18 is £3.90 per hour.

Apprentices are paid at least minimum wage. You can pay pay more than this. 

Pay is dependent on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship.

For more information on minimum wage please see

https://www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide/pay-and-conditions

 

Many businesses employ apprentices, small employers with less than 10 employees, all the way up to large multi-national and global companies based in England.

Apprenticeships are available in many industries from A to Z, from Accountancy through to Zoology.

Please contact Marie and see  'Steps to Hiring an Apprentice'

For more information, contact us.

Apprenticeships are real jobs.

Apprenticeships are a work-based programme with a skills development plan and assessments. It combines hands-on work with recognised training. Employers can hire a new employee as an Apprentice or grow talent with current employees.

Apprentices normally work a minimum of 30 hours a week, 20% of the apprentice’s time will be spent completing off-the-job training (usually one day a week) at a College, University, Training Provider or on site. They have the same rights as all employees so are paid, get sick pay and annual leave.

Apprentices will be working towards qualifications from level 2 -7 (education equivalent – GCSE to master’s degree).

Apprenticeships must last one year but can be up to 5 years for some qualifications.

The national minimum wage for an apprentice aged 16-18 is £3.90 per hour.

Apprentices are paid at least minimum wage. You can pay pay more than this. 

Pay is dependent on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship.

For more information on minimum wage please see

https://www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide/pay-and-conditions

Many businesses employ apprentices, small employers with less than 10 employees, all the way up to large multi-national and global companies based in England.

Apprenticeships are available in many industries from A to Z, from Accountancy through to Zoology.

Please get in touch with us – Contact us and see ‘Steps to Hiring an Apprentice

For more information, contact us.

Steps to Hiring an Apprentice

Contact Marie Howard m.howard@skillupws.org.uk  to arrange an appointment telephone or face to face.  Marie will then take you through the following steps:

Explore the challenges that you face with recruitment and skills gaps within your organisation. Find out if the apprenticeship route is the right one for your business or if there is another skills solution needed

Discuss the range and levels of Apprenticeships that are available and which may be most suitable.

We will be able to let you know about the training provision available in the local area.

We can explain to you how the funding works.

We can introduce you to a number of local colleges and or training providers who will then be able to talk to you in more detail about their individual delivery models and costs *these will vary between training providers.

The Training Provider or College will then help you to advertise your vacancy through the Find an apprenticeship website.

If an existing member of staff, the training organisation will talk both the employer and individual through the training plan and any initial assessments required.

Once you have selected your apprentice, make an apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement [gov.uk] with them.  Your Training Organisation can help with this.

Through out your Apprenticeship and skills journey your chosen training provider will be on hand to offer support and advice.  At any time you can always get back in contact with Marie for free impartial advice and guidance. 

benefits apprentices can bring to your business

  • Raise Staff Morale

  • IMPROVE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY

  • UPSKILL EXISTING STAFF

  • MATCH THE SKILLS OF EMPLOYEES TO THE SKILLS YOU NEED

    You can shape your apprenticeships to meet the required skill set.

  • Improve your Company image

    Supporting an Apprenticeship can boost your company image by raising the profile of your business.

  • Reduce Staff Turnover

  • ATTRACT THE BEST CANDIDATES

  • INCREASE YOUR DIVERSITY

Costs for employers

Non Levy Payer

(pay bill of less than £3 million a year)

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If you have pay bill of less than 3 million you are a Non Levy Payer.

The Government pay a minimum of 95% towards apprenticeship training and assessment costs are paid for by the government. 

 

You will be asked to pay up to 5% of these costs.

 You will pay your cash contribution directly to the provider.

For more information about the costs of supporting an Apprenticeship please contact us

APPRENTICESHIP LEVY PAYER
(PAY BILL OVER £3 MILLION A YEAR)​

(pay bill of more than £3 million a year)

  • Who
  • What
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If you're an employer with a pay bill over 3 million you will need to pay the Apprenticeship Levy

The Apprenticeship Levy allows employers to have control of their training. 

You will fix a price for each apprenticeship.

You report and pay your levy to HMRC through the PAYE process.

 An extra 10% is paid directly to employers’ apprenticeship accounts.

For more information about the costs of supporting an Apprenticeship please contact us

THE NETWORK FOR INSPIRED LEARNING​

All of your local training providers working together to ensure we have the highest quality training to meet then needs of our local community and employers skills needs.  

The network comprises of 42 colleges and independent training providers.  For more information on the training that the DSTPN offer or support with engaging in other training provision outside of the Network Marie or Jane will be able to support your Apprenticeship and Skills journey, whether an individual or employer

Marie Howard

APPRENTICESHIP AND SKILLS ADVISER