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Learn, Develop & Grow with an Apprenticeship

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 combine practical training in a job with study. It’s a real job, with hands-on experience, a salary and the chance to train while you work. You’re treated just like all the other employees, with a contract of employment and holiday leave.

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.

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 employees, 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.

The Digital Apprenticeship Service

The Digital Apprenticeship Service is the government portal for employers to find, fund, and manage apprenticeship programmes. Launching in 2017 as the Digital Apprenticeship Service, it has since been renamed the Apprenticeship Service.
Employers login to the Apprenticeship Service to manage apprenticeships and Training Providers.
The Apprenticeship Service allows employers to:
  • Access apprenticeship levy funds and account balance
  • Find and manage training providers
  • Manage their apprenticeships
  • Manage apprentice recruitment

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
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. Our Apprenticeship programmes:
 

20% Off-the-job training

“Off-the-job training is a statutory requirement for an English apprenticeship.
It is training which is received by the apprentice, during the apprentice’s normal working hours, for the purpose of achieving the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the approved apprenticeship referenced in the apprenticeship agreement.
Example
  • 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.
The EPA process can include a range of assessments:
  • Tests, Examinations
  • Professional discussions
  • Workplace observations
  • Portfolio of work
  • Assignments
  • Assessment of work output

Employer National Insurance contributions for apprentices under 25

From 6 April 2016, if you employ an apprentice you may not need to pay employer Class 1 National Insurance contributions (NICs) on their earnings below £827 a week (£43,000 a year).

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