Apprenticeship key information

How Apprenticeships can benefit your organisation

  • Employing apprentices leads to lower overall training and recruitment costs and makes good business sense.
  • Apprentices can help grow your business and help solve recruitment challenges
  • Apprentices are loyal to the organisations that invest in them, therefore improving staff retention rates.
  • Employing apprentices helps develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce, improving service, morale and productivity.
  • Mentoring and training apprentices, enables senior staff to pass on their knowledge and experience.
  • New apprenticeship programmes are more job specific than any other type of learning, therefore more relevant to your business needs.
  • The cost for training of an apprentice, is fully funded by the government for employers with less than 50 employees.
  • All employers will receive an incentive payment of £1000 for employing an apprentice aged 16 -18.

Often, the talent you seek is already available within your existing workforce and you don’t always need to look outside of your organisation. Apprenticeships can be offered to your workforce to encourage them to upskill or retrain, realising their full potential and ultimately boosting your business.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job with training. Individuals earn while they learn, gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role. Apprenticeships are available in over 1,500 occupations across 170 industries. Businesses in all industry sectors in England can recruit apprentices and depending on the level and job role, apprenticeships can take from 12 months to 4 years.

How do apprenticeships work?

Dynamic Training will work closely with you to ensure that the apprenticeship you offer is the most appropriate for the individual’s job role.

Most of the training is on-the-job, working with a mentor in the workplace to learn job specific skills. Dynamic Training will support apprentices through the completion of the apprenticeship and nationally accredited qualification by assignation of a qualified assessor who will evaluate the apprentice, using observation, assessment of work based performance, production of evidence via an e-portfolio (onefile), witness testimony, questioning and competence against the relevant standards. 

Off-the-job training will depend on the occupational area and requirements of the organisation. This training may be delivered in the workplace, or in premises away from the working environment. On completion of the apprenticeship the apprentice must be able to perform tasks confidently and completely to the framework or standard set by the industry.

The terms “apprenticeship frameworks” and “apprenticeship standards”

Historically, apprenticeship programmes have been delivered against an apprenticeship framework, a definition of requirements used by training providers, colleges and employers to ensure that programmes are measured consistently and to an agreed set of specifications.

To ensure modern apprenticeship programmes are robust and meet the needs of employers, industry sectors and the professions within them, apprenticeship frameworks are gradually being replaced by standards. Standards are being developed by groups of employers, thereby putting industry in control and giving them a high degree of freedom to develop more relevant standards and assessment approaches for their apprentices.

Who are apprenticeships for?

Apprenticeships can be applied for by Individuals over the age of 16, living in England and not in full time education. Employers can offer apprenticeships to new entrants or use them to grow talent from amongst current employees.

Employer responsibilities

Employers are responsible for paying their apprentice’s salary and issuing their contract of employment. Apprentices must be inducted into their role and provided on-the-job training.

By employing an apprentice, employers have to meet the following requirements:

  • An Apprenticeship Agreement between the employer and the apprentice must be in place
  • Apprentices aged 16-18, or in the first year of their apprenticeship, must be paid the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage minimum of £3.50 per hour. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age i.e. £5.60 per hour for apprentices aged 18-20, and £7.05 for those 21 and over. However, as companies compete to attract apprentices, many will pay more.
  • An apprentice should be employed for at least a minimum of 30 hours per week. By exception, where the individual’s circumstances or the nature of employment in a given sector make this impossible, then an absolute minimum of 16 hours per week must be met. In such cases the duration of the apprenticeship should be extended to compensate for the reduction in weekly hours.
  • All apprentices must receive the same benefits as other employees.

Government Incentives

Employers are not required to pay National Insurance Contributions for apprentices under the age of 25 on earnings below the higher tax rate of £43,000 a year.

As of May 2017 these incentives will also be available to employers who take on apprentices:

  • £1,000 payment to both an employer and training provider to train a 16-18-year-old.
  • £1,000 payment to both an employer and training provider to train a 19-24-year-old who has previously been in care or who has a Local Authority Education, Health and Care Plan.
  • Employers with less than 50 employees working for them will be able to train 16-18-year-old apprentices without making a contribution towards the costs of training. The government will pay 100% of the training costs.

Apprentice recruitment

As a free added value service, Dynamic Training can assist you with the advertising and recruitment of prospective apprentices for your business. We have substantial experience in finding the right candidates for the job.  

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