Apprenticeships in England
The Benefits of Apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships are suitable for any sector, from construction to health and social care.
- Benefit from staff development relevant to your organisation and ensure employees are building skills and knowledge directly related to their job.
- Apprenticeships can be used to cost-effectively train new staff or upskill existing staff – boost the skills in your workforce and see productivity improve whilst creating a learning culture and a socially responsible business that seeks to reduce local unemployment.
- Apprenticeships are training programmes lasting between 12 and 30 months providing the apprentice with practical, on-the-job experience and qualifications and providing you with loyal employees to fill a skills gap cost-effectively or upskill your current staff. Current employees build skills in mentoring, training, and management.
- Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying to gain job-specific skills and knowledge. Training is integrated into the workweek minimising disruption and tailored to the job role and requirements.
- Apprentices can be new or current employees.
- Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum apprenticeship wage.
Your apprentice must:
- work with experienced staff
- learn job-specific skills.
- study during their working week (for example, at a college or training organisation)
- Undertake 20% formal off-the-job training.
- Be provided with the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment.
All apprenticeships must include 20% off-the-job training to reinforce practical, work-based learning with theory. It’s training received by the apprentice, during the apprentice’s regular working hours, for the purpose of achieving their apprenticeship. Contact us to find out more about what this entails and how it is implemented. As an experienced national training provider, our sector competence, expertise and dedication to providing positive outcomes means we are best placed to provide apprenticeships for your business needs across a wide variety of departments within your organisation.
We will undertake an organisational needs analysis – Working alongside you, we will jointly identify current training opportunities and facilitate future training needs. We provide an Apprenticeship Recruitment Service where we manage vacancies and the recruitment process in line with your requirements.
We will provide you with a Service Level Agreement and agree on the overall cost of each apprenticeship. The total price agreed between the employer and provider as the cost to the provider for delivery of the apprenticeship programme, to calculate government funding for apprenticeship programmes and to monitor apprenticeship programme costs.
Budget Announcement: Up to £4,000 incentive for all new apprentice hires
The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced in the Budget that the Government is doubling the incentive payment for employers who take on new apprentices.
What does this mean? As an employer, if you recruit an apprentice (anyone over the age of 16) you will receive a payment of £3,000 for each NEW apprentice hired. If you take on a new apprentice aged 16-18 or someone under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan you will also receive the existing £1,000 bonus together with the new incentive totalling £4,000. The new incentive payments for Apprenticeships apply from 1 April 2021 until 21 September 2021.