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Employer FAQ’s

How will my company benefit?

There are many benefits to you as an employer; the main one is that you will develop competent, motivated and committed employees. This in turn can only improve the levels of customer service delivered by your employees to your customers. What have you got to lose?

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a work-based training programme, which lets your employee learn and earn in a real job, to achieve a nationally recognised qualification at the end of it. As well as teaching practical skills and the underpinning knowledge to go with those skills, it also develops an understanding of the law, which applies to employers and employees.

Who is Eligible?

To get full government funding for an employee to work towards an Apprenticeship, the employee must:

  • Spend more than 50% of their working time in England.
  • have been living in the UK or EEA for the past 3 years
  • have an NI number
  • Not be enrolled on another funded qualification

Who is eligible to work towards an Apprenticeship?

Anyone within the workforce of any age is eligible to work towards gaining an Apprenticeship. The main priority is ensuring that the job role they are in allows them to achieve the qualification. A member of our team will check eligibility once an Apprentice has agreed to undertake an Apprenticeship.

How much will it cost and who pays the charges?

If the above criteria are met, the government funds the majority of the training cost for Non-Levy Employers; however it is government policy that employers must contribute 10% of the qualification cost. Please contact us for further information.

What are my responsibilities as an employer?

You will have to ensure that all legal requirements in terms of Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities and working hours are met.

Be available for feedback sessions after assessments and also be available for at least 30 minutes to complete a review every 12 weeks.

The Apprentice is required to complete 20% off the job training during work hours. Please contact us for more information on this.

How long does it take?

A fully funded Apprenticeship is a minimum of a yearlong course; an Apprentice is required to commit to a minimum of 12 months in order to achieve the Apprenticeship. An Advanced Apprenticeship can take anywhere between 15 and 18 months.

How often does the Training Specialist visit?

The Training Specialist will visit the Apprentice once a month and assessments last for 1½ hours.

You will need to sign an agreement to say that you agree that the Apprentice can be released from their duties during these assessments.

 

Who pays the £50 charge for a missed assessment?

This also depends on you as the employer. We would suggest that you inform your employee that this will be deducted from their salary.

Our experienced Training Specialists will work with you and your employee to specifically tailor the Apprenticeship to best suit the specific requirements of the job role and/or the business. For example, a receptionist and a PA might both be working towards a Business & Administration Intermediate Apprenticeship, but while the receptionist might be focusing on reception services, handling telephone calls and mail or welcoming visitors, the PA might concentrate more on skills such as taking minutes, co-ordinating events or organising business travel. Talk to our team today about your particular business needs and how we can help you find the best fit.

If you are looking to recruit somebody for an Apprentice role, let us do the work.  We will advertise the role on the National Apprenticeship Service online vacancy matching system, currently used by almost half a million young people looking for Apprenticeship opportunities. We invite eligible applicants for a telephone interview with one of our Business Advisors who check their suitability for the role before sending CVs to you to shortlist. We will then contact your chosen applicants to arrange for them to attend interviews with you.

For more information, please call us on 020 3784 6005, or send an email to: [email protected]

 

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