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Apprenticeships aren’t just  for young people to get a foot on the ladder and into work.
Anyone in your business, from entry level can enrol onto a relevant Apprenticeship and upskill.

What is an Apprenticeship?

  • Apprenticeships allow businesses to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training and traditional learning,
  • A way for your new or existing employees, to gain formal qualifications whilst undertaking their real job.
  • By the end of their apprenticeship, they will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to enhance your business from within.

Apprenticeship Funding

The apprenticeship levy applies to  all employers operating in the UK with a pay bill over £3m.
Non-Levy Apprenticeships apply to employers with an annual wage bill under £3m

Our Apprenticeship Programmes

We create bespoke apprenticeship programmes that tie into your business needs and objectives, designed to complement existing internal training schemes and add real value to the growth and development of your business.
  • Adult Care Worker Level 2 Apprenticeship
  • Lead Adult Care Worker Level 3 Apprenticeship
  • Customer Service Practitioner Level 2 Apprenticeship
  • Business Administrator Level 3 Apprenticeship

The Apprenticeship Levy

The levy was launched to encourage employers to use apprenticeship programmes, either for new staff or to upskill an existing workforce, to help reduce the skills gaps within England.
The apprenticeship levy requires all employers operating in the UK with a pay bill over £3m each year to make an investment in apprenticeships.
  • It provides your business with the opportunity to do something great for the future.
  • Find and upskill talent consistently.

Non-Levy Apprenticeships

Those with an annual wage bill under £3m do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy.
For employers with 50 or more employees 95% of each apprenticeship is funded by the government whilst a 5% investment is required by the employer to enhance the skills of their employee, employers may also be eligible for a £1000 incentive payment if the apprentice is aged 16 – 18.
For employers with less than 50 employees and where the apprentice is aged 16 – 18, the government will fund 100% of the apprentice and may be eligible for a £1000 incentive payment. For those aged 19+ the government will continue to fund 95% of the apprenticeship programme whilst a 5% investment is required by the employer.

20% Off-the-Job

The 20% off-the-job training is calculated using the apprentice’s contracted employment hours across their whole apprenticeship – equivalent to around one day per working week.
This is a lot of time for apprentices to be spending away from the workplace and will have a big impact on employers who will now lose trainee employees for a fifth of their contracted hours
  • Theory – such as lectures, role playing, online learning, simulation exercises or manufacturer training.
  • Practical training apprentices wouldn’t usually do during the week – such as shadowing, mentoring, industry visits or competitions.
  • Learning support and time spent writing assignments

End-Point Assessment (EPA)

End Point Assessment (EPA) is the final assessment for an apprentice to ensure that they can do the job they have been training for. 

EPA is separate to any qualifications or other assessment that the apprentice may undertake during the on‑programme stage of the apprenticeship.

At the end of an apprenticeship, the apprentice will go through a ‘gateway’ process where they are signed-off by their employer as ready for a final assessment of their knowledge and practical capabilities. The assessment will be graded (in most cases) and the Independent Assessment Organisation (IAO) and assessor must be independent of, and separate from, the training provided by the provider and employer.

The EPA process can include a range of assessments:

  • Tests, Examinations, Professional discussions, Workplace observations, Portfolio of work, Assignments, Assessment of work output

Apprenticeship Standards

The new standards were introduced as part of the Government’s major apprenticeship reforms. The standards represent a shift from assessing to learning and put employers in control.
The new standards are written by employer-led groups; this puts employers in the driving seat and gives apprentices a clear career path to follow. Employers can take their involvement to the next level as an employer-provider and deliver training in house.
  • Shorter and more concise
  • More straight-forward and easy to understand

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Birmingham 0121 707 0550
Freephone 0800 955 0870
Burslem 01782 365 365
Walsall 01922 870050  
Email info@pathwaygroup.co.uk

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