What is an Apprenticeship?
If you have employees who live in England and are over 16 they can apply for an Apprenticeship. There are various levels of Apprenticeship they can undertake depending on their current skills and qualifications:
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship (Level 2)
Advanced Level Apprenticeship (Level 3)
Higher and Degree Level Apprenticeship (Level 4 or above)
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All Apprenticeships are real jobs so all apprentices earn a salary. You must pay your apprentices at least the national apprentice minimum wage, currently £3.90 per hour, however many employers pay significantly more. Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week and an Apprenticeship takes between one and five years to complete, depending upon the level of Apprenticeship and the industry sector.
Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so your staff will learn the skills they need to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by a training organisation, either at the workplace, off-site or via e-learning. The balance of this is set to suit you as the employer and your staff member. The training is specifically tailored to ensure learners develop the skills their employer wants, giving apprentices a real advantage in the workplace. This means that apprentices not only have better long term salary prospects, but they also have excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.
Requirement for 20% Off the Job Training
Anyone undertaking an apprenticeship must be given 20% of their paid working hours to dedicate to off the job training. This means training that is directly related to the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours outlined in the apprenticeship standard. It can include Fareport training sessions, workbooks, online learning, assignments as well as employer led training, mentoring, job shadowing and projects. It can be at their usual place of work, or offsite, but crucially it must be within their normal working hours. Fareport will work with you to plan how the off the job training will be delivered, and document this in your Training Agreement.
Who are Apprenticeships for?
Many successful careers start with an Apprenticeship. On completion, 90% of apprentices stay in employment with 71% staying with the same employer.
They are open to people of any age and can be for either new recruits or your existing staff. Even those with higher qualifications can undertake an apprenticeship where they are gaining substantial new skills and knowledge.
Costs and Funding
All small employers (annual payroll of less than £3m) need to pay 5% of the apprenticeship cost. The goverment will pay the remaining 95%.
If you train a 16-18 year old you will also be eligible for a £1000 Employer Incentive.
If you have less than 50 employees and train a 16-18 year old, the 5% employer contribution will be waived by the government.
From April 2017 large employers with a payroll of over £3m per year started to pay the Apprenticeship Levy of 0.5%. It is not too late to plan how your levy can support your company's training needs. Fareport can provide free advice on:
How the levy works
How to use your online Apprenticeship Service account
How to get the most out of the levy and choose the right apprenticeship training for your business.
Facts about Apprenticeships, did you know...
In 2014 the most popular apprenticeship was Health and Social Care
Since 2010, there have been over 2 million apprenticeship starts in England
Apprenticeships are available in over 170 industries including aerospace, fashion, broadcast media and finance - with over 1500 job roles available
Women now take up 55% of apprenticeships
19% of advanced apprentices progress to Higher Education
Higher apprenticeships are available in 40 subjects
More than 850,000 people have been earning and learning on an apprenticeship in 2013 to 2014
There has never been a better time to employ an apprentice, or start an apprenticeship
Benefits of Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships benefit both employers and employees by improving retention, increasing morale and motivation and improving productivity:
90% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeships (including 2% self employed)
71% of apprentices stay with their employer
82% said their apprenticeship had improved their ability to do the job and 79% said their career prospects had improved.
Recruit an Apprentice
If you are looking for a new member of staff to join your team, have you thought about recruiting for an Apprentice?
You can recruit for an Apprentice through our free recruitment service and we will help you create a Job description, advertise the role and help with the recruitment process.
Please see below an outline of the Apprenticeship process. Fareport will work with you through all these steps.
What are the employer responsibilities?
By employing an apprentice, you have certain requirements to meet. You must:
Give them an induction into their role and provide on-the-job training.
Allow them to spend at least 20% of their time on the off-the-job training required for their apprenticeship.
Issue a contract of employment and pay at least the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage. Apprentices who are under 19, or who are over 19 and in the first year of their intermediate level or advanced level apprenticeship, must be paid a minimum of £3.90 per hour. However many businesses pay more.
Provide apprentices with the same benefits as other employees.
The minimum hours of employment for an apprentice are 30 hours per week. By exception, where the individuals circumstances or the particular nature of employment in a given sector makes this impossible, then an absolute minimum of 16 hours must be met. In such cases the duration of the apprenticeship should be extended.
All apprentices must have an Apprenticeship Agreement between the employer and the apprentice.
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