Apprenticeships

Think Apprenticeship, Think Pathway

From 1st May 2017, the landscape of Apprenticeship Funding changed substantially with many employers now having to contribute a small amount towards the cost of the Apprenticeship. The cost of that contribution varies for each apprenticeship however the amount is 10% of the value. At Pathway, we aim to make this process as smooth as possible so have introduced a range of payment methods to suit your needs.

·Payment in full at the start of the apprenticeship
·12 month payment plan by Direct Debit
·6 month payment plan by direct debit

Below you can see our current price list and how these contribution values work;

Apprenticeship Programme

Level

Duration

Value

Employer Contribution

12 Payments

6 Payments

Administration
Business administration

2

12

£2,000

£200

£16.67

£33.33

Business administration

3

12

£2,500

£250

£20.83

£41.67

Customer service

2

12

£1,500

£150

£12.50

£25

Customer service

3

12

£2,000

£200

£16.67

£33.33

Business Management
Team leading

2

12

£1,500

£150

£12.50

£25

Management

3

12

£2,000

£200

£16.67

£33.33

Leadership and management

5

18

£2,500

£250

£20.83

£41.67

Child Development and Learning
Residential childcare

3

12

£2,500

£250

£20.83

£41.67

Early years educator

3

12

£2,500

£250

£20.83

£41.67

Children and young people’s workforce

2

12

£2,000

£200

£16.67

£33.33

Direct Learning Support
Supporting and teaching learning in schools

2

12

£2,000

£200

£16.67

£33.33

Supporting and teaching learning in schools

3

12

£2,500

£250

£20.83

£41.67

Health & Social Care
Health and Social Care (Adults)

2

12

£1,500

£150

£12.50

£25

Health and Social Care (Adults)

3

12

£2,000

£200

£16.67

£33.33

Care leadership and management

5

18

£2,000

£200

£16.67

£33.33

Hospitality & Catering
Hospitality services

2

12

£1,500

£150

£12.50

£25

ICT For Users
IT Application Specialist

2

12

£2,000

£200

£16.67

£33.33

Retail & Wholesaling
Retail

2

12

£1,500

£150

£12.50

£25

Service Enterprises
Cleaning and support services

2

12

£1,500

£150

£12.50

£25

Warehouse & Distribution
Warehouse and storage

2

12

£1,500

£150

£12.50

£25

Warehouse and storage

3

12

£2,000

£200

£16.67

£33.33

Our helpful team of advisers will talk you through the payment options in detail at your first appointment however if you wish to set up your own Direct Debit, please click on the below link;

Not all businesses have to go down the route of having to contribute towards the cost of an apprenticeship. If your business pays into the ‘Apprenticeship Levy’, then chances are your apprenticeship costs can be covered by what you have paid already through your PAYE contributions. You can then use these funds to cover the entire cost of the apprenticeship. All you need to do is set up an account using the below link and we can talk you through the whole process. So get in touch with one of our friendly team to find out more.

Recruiting Apprentices

At Pathway we know that Apprenticeships are an excellent alternative for young people in comparison to the more traditional academic routes of gaining a qualification.  We also know that recruiting apprentices as part of your workforce can really drive growth in organisations.

Apprentices have bags of enthusiasm for their chosen area and are dedicated hardworking employees.  They’ll really want to impress their employers, pass their apprenticeship with flying colours and move on in organisations.

At Pathway, our dedicated apprentice recruitment team will do a lot of the hard work for you so you don’t have to.  We will take care of the marketing of your vacancy through a number of portals, we’ll carry out the screening of applicants so you don’t have to, we’ll even interview them before we put them forward to you so you can be safe in the knowledge that when they turn up at your organisation, they’ve already been through interview stages and will be the best of the best.

Apprenticeships don’t have to start with recruiting an apprentice.  Organisations can also have their existing employees go through one of the training courses that we offer at Pathway.  This is a great way of upskilling your existing workforce, offering them some commitment, and also improves staff turnover.

If your organisation is ready to recruit an apprentice, or even if you would like your existing workforce to take up a qualification or training course, get in touch with our dedicated team at Pathway for more information.

Pay & Hours

There are now a number of employee/employer relationships that exist and differ from the traditional 9-5 employment and apprenticeships differ in length from 12 months to 4 years.

Apprentices must be paid the apprenticeship minimum wage or more with currently stands at £3.50 per hour and should be employed for at least 30 hours per week.  Any apprentices aged 19 and over and are in the first year of their apprenticeship also must be paid the apprenticeship minimum wage of £3.50 or more.  If the apprentice is aged 19 or over and has completed their first year on the programme, then the national minimum wage for their age range must then be paid.

There are of course regulations for young people in employment for example; workers under the age of 18 must not exceed 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week and they are also entitled to paid holidays and rest breaks.

Given the correct support from organisations, and from Pathway, apprentices are a great addition to any workforce.

Responsibilities

Apprentices are employees and they need to be subject to the same terms and conditions and any other employee in an organisation.  These can be and are not limited to;

  • Health and Safety Requirements
  • Employer/Public Liability Insurance
  • Safeguarding Policies
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Terms & Conditions of Employment
  • Grievance & Disciplinary Procedures
  • Notice & Termination

In addition, there are some other areas of responsibility that employers must adhere to as part of an apprenticeship agreement.  These are and are not limited to:

  • Carrying out a thorough induction into the workplace
  • Provide the apprentice with the time to study during work hours towards their apprenticeship
  • Provide Off-The-Job learning opportunities
  • Engaging with Pathway throughout the apprenticeship journey
  • Allowing training staff access to the apprentice to conduct training and assessment
Incentives

There are also incentives for employers who, over the course of the previous 12 months, have an average workforce of 49 or less.  For these employers, an incentive payment of £1000 is payable if an apprentice aged 16-18 is recruited.  In addition, if an apprentice aged 19-24 who is a care leaver, is recruited, an incentive payment of £1000 is payable.

These are fantastic incentives to cover some of the additional costs the additional training and support that these groups of apprentices can incur.

Our team of advisors are on hand to guide you through the recruitment and incentive process.