Employers Great people make a great business
There are many benefits to businesses employing apprentices. Apprenticeships enable businesses to grow their skills base resulting in increased profits, lower prices and better products. Apprentices want to do the job and investment by the business can bring huge returns. Being able to develop a young person with the skills needed for the business can only be positive outcome. Apprentices tend to be loyal to the business that has invested in them.
Here are a few reasons why businesses employ apprentices:
Employers say that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications
89% of employers state apprenticeships help their business improve the quality of their product or service
Apprenticeships boost productivity to businesses by on average £214 per week
Apprentices enable businesses to grow their skills base resulting in increased profits, lower prices and better products
Frequently Asked Questions
There are two ways in which apprenticeships are funded:
- Apprenticeship Levy – For businesses that have a salary / pay bill over £3m
- Co-Funded Apprenticeships – For employers with a salary / pay bill under £3m
Employers with a pay bill of less than £3 million a year will not need to pay the levy. At least 90% of non-levy paying employers’ apprenticeship training and end point assessment costs in England will be paid for by the government. The government will ask these employers to make a 10% contribution to the cost, paid directly to the provider, and the government covers the rest. This cost will be spread over the lifetime of the apprenticeship. The government is offering additional support to organisations with fewer than 50 employees by paying 100% of training and assessment costs for their apprentices aged 16-18.
In basic terms, an apprentice is aged over 16 and they combine working with studying to gain skills and knowledge which is specific to their job role and the business they are working in.
Apprentices can be new employees to can be existing members of staff looking to develop skills and knowledge and gain new qualifications.
Apprentices are fully paid members of staff. They must be employed for at least 30 hours per week, have a contract of employment and must be paid at least the minimum wage for their age group.
The easier question would be “which industries are not covered by apprenticeships”?
There are hundreds of apprenticeship programmes to choose from. There have been some major changes to apprenticeships and there is a move to change from apprenticeship frameworks to apprenticeship standards. The current available standards can be found here. If your industry is not covered by a standard then there will be a framework that will cover it. Please speak to us and we will guide you through this.
That’s where we help. The recruitment process is one of the most important parts of the apprenticeship programme. It is vital that we find the right candidate for you and that you are right for the candidate. Once we have the job specification for the role we then advertise it on different platforms and work with candidates to shortlist for you. We send you a short list of suitable candidates for you to interview. You then go to your normal recruitment process to select the most suitable apprentice. We put a huge amount of effort into the recruitment process as this is the platform for success. We need to make sure that the candidate is a right fit for you and that you are a right fit for the candidate.
There are various levels of apprenticeship available:
This is a level 2 apprenticeship and is equivalent to 5 GCSE passes ar grades A* to C
This is a level 3 apprenticeship and is equivalent to 2 A level passes
This covers levels 4, 5, 6 and 7 and is equivalent to Foundation degree and above
This covers levels 6 and 7 and is equivalent to a Bachelor’s or master’s degree