Apprenticeships are a great way to support the next generation into employment or to up-skill your current staff and help those who are returning to the workplace.

For more information and to plan your next steps in recruiting an apprentice read on below.

The main premise for apprenticeships are:

  • the apprentice must be employed in a real job; they may be an existing employee or a new hire
  • the apprentice must work towards achieving an approved apprenticeship standard
  • the apprenticeship training must last at least 12 months
  • the apprentice must spend at least 20% of their time on off-the-job training – this training must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship standard

Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any organisation to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Other benefits that apprenticeships contribute to your organisation include:

  • 90% of apprentices stay on in their place of work after completing an apprenticeship
  • there’s a wide selection of apprenticeships available, covering lots of different job roles
  • you can adapt the training your apprentice receives according to the needs of your organisation
  • an apprenticeship allows you to diversify and freshen up your workforce
  • you can employ an apprentice who’s aged 16 up to any age and from any background
  • it can be a good way for existing staff to upskill by supporting the apprentice

If you’re an employer with a pay bill over £3 million each year, you must pay the apprenticeship levy. Smaller employers can access government funding, paying 5% of the training costs, and in may cases, the government will cover the cost in full.

From April 2019, levy-paying employers have been able to transfer a maximum amount of 25% of their annual funds. They can make transfers from their apprenticeship account to as many employers as they choose.

For more information take a look at the guidance on the GOV.UK website. Alternatively you can view this video which gives an overview of how transfers of apprenticeship funds will work on the apprenticeship service.

You can search for training providers for your apprentice via two ways: either through a national database or in the Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Partnership apprenticeship directory.

The Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Partnership comprises of FE colleges, independent training providers and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver in the local authority areas of Swindon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. Members deliver a range of training provision, including apprenticeships, maths, English, ESOL, Foundation Learning, Study Programmes, Traineeships, employability skills, adult learning, Foundation Degrees and work-based learning.

Developing an apprenticeship standard needs time and commitment. However, it is a rewarding process. You will be helping to ensure apprenticeships deliver the knowledge, skills, and behaviours employers need. Find out more about developing an apprenticeship standard here.

  • Create an account – you need to create or sign in to an apprenticeship account, then you’ll be able to get funding to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment costs.

To read inspiring case studies visit our apprentice stories page.

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