Apprenticeships are key to growing a skilled and competitive workforce that meets the needs of employers and drives business growth.
They are real jobs with training, available in more than 170 industries and 1500 job roles. Through their apprenticeship, apprentices gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills they need for their immediate job and future career.
The main rules governing 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 or apprenticeship framework
- 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 framework or standard.
The way apprenticeships are funded has changed since May 2017.
If you’re an employer with a pay bill over £3 million each year, you must pay the apprenticeship levy.
BENEFITS TO EMPLOYERS
Apprenticeships have moved on from what they used to be and are an exciting option for both apprentice and employer. You can now employ apprentices at different levels, from school leavers to people that want to further their careers or change career direction completely.
As an employer, you can get additional help with funding an apprentice from the government.
THE BENEFITS TO YOUR ORGANISATION
Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any organisation to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.
86% of employers said apprenticeships developed skills relevant to their organisation and 78% reported improved productivity.
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
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.
You can contact us and we’ll help you find the right apprenticeship framework or standard and training provider to match your needs.
For support around higher apprenticeships please contact Higher Futures.
The Gov website holds information on how apprenticeship funding affects employers, from May 2017 onwards, including the apprenticeship levy and the online apprenticeship service.
Transferring unused apprenticeship funds to other employers
From April 2019, levy-paying employers can 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.
The apprenticeship service calculates this amount by:
- the total amount of levy declared in the previous tax year
- with the English percentage applied
- plus the payment of 10% from the government
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.
Develop a New Standard
If you have a skills gap in your company but can’t find the apprenticeship standard you need, become involved in developing a new standard!
Promoting Your Apprenticeship Opportunities
The National Apprenticeship Service can help you promote your apprenticeship opportunities to thousands of individuals, parents and education establishments. All the products listed are free and enable you to promote, not only your existing opportunities, but those apprenticeships you will be advertising in the future.
This is your chance to showcase your brand and opportunities to some of the very best apprentice candidates.
To get involved, or to find out more, email email@example.com stating what opportunities you would like to take advantage of.
Alternatively, if you already employ apprentices, aged 18 to 26, encouraging them to get involved in the Young Apprentice Ambassador Network (YAAN) is a great way to showcase their experience of being an employee of your organisation whilst undertaking an apprenticeship. These young ambassadors visit local schools and colleges to share their experience during assemblies and careers talks. Take a look at the attached flyer for more information and to read about some of our current YAANs. Your apprentice could be our next star!