An apprenticeship is a real job with training. Apprentices earn while they learn, gaining valuable skills and knowledge of a specific job role whilst achieving the required components of their apprenticeship.
Dynamic Training, working in partnership with employers, offer apprenticeships in Health & Social Care, Healthcare Science Assistant, Business Administration, Customer Service, Teaching Assistant and Early Years childcare. Supported apprenticeships can be delivered as a taught group model in a workplace or on a one to one coaching model in the workplace.
Dynamic Training specialise in working with individuals aged 16 - 24 with an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan). Apprenticeships are open to a wide range of people, including those with a disability, health condition or learning disability. Everyone aged 16 or over, entitled to live in England and who are no longer in full time education can apply to be an apprentice. Apprenticeships are open to those looking to enter the world of work or for those who are already in the workplace looking to up-skill or retrain.
On starting an apprenticeship, an apprentice will be appointed an in-house mentor. This will typically be a senior member of staff who will provide the apprentice with guidance and support throughout the term of the apprenticeship. In addition, the apprentice will be allocated a Skills and Development Coach from Dynamic Training (and a Job Coach subject to location and availability) who will support both the apprentice and their employer throughout the apprenticeship. A structured programme will be created to ensure an apprentice develops the skills to do a job well.
Almost all apprenticeships can be made accessible and having additional needs shouldn’t restrict people’s job choices. Employers, along with Colleges, Universities and Training Providers, have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people, and therefore should be able to provide additional support during training.
Access to Work is a grant from the Department for Work and Pensions which can help pay for practical support to enable people with a disability or long term health condition, do their jobs. It can pay for support at job interviews, job coaching and pay for equipment and travel costs. For these reasons, apprenticeships can be a great route for individuals with additional needs to get skilled jobs.
Supported apprenticeships have been designed for individuals who have a recognised learning difficulty and /or disability and have a Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Apprentices will be required to achieve from entry level 3 up to level 2 Functional Skills in math and English (unless exempt) as part of the apprenticeship. In addition, employers may specify candidate requirements within the details of an apprenticeship vacancy.
An apprentice’s salary will depend on their employer, location and the apprenticeship job role. There is no single rate of pay for apprentices. There is a National Minimum Wage rate for apprentices, however some employers will pay more.
Apprentices employed on apprenticeship fixed term contracts are entitled to the current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice of £4.15 per hour (as of April 2020). This rate applies to apprentice’s aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year of their apprenticeship.
An apprentice over the age of 19 who has completed the first 12 months of training will be entitled to the current National Minimum Wage rate for their age. An apprentice must be paid for their normal hours of work and any training that is part of the apprenticeship.
Year 2020 - 2021 (April) Minimum Wage Rates are:
25 and over = £8.72
21 to 24 = £8.20
18 to 20 = £6.45
Under 18 = £4.55
Apprentice = £4.15
Working hours vary and depend on the requirements of the employer. An apprenticeship duration is determined by the number of hours worked per week. An apprenticeship with a 12 month duration is based upon an apprentice working a 30 hour week. However, as our supported apprentices tend to work a 16 hour week, the apprenticeship duration is extended to 23 months.
What entitlements does an apprentice have?
As an apprentice will have a contract of employment with your oganisation, they are entitled to the same benefits as other members of staff.
A small employer (with 50 or less employees) is not required to contribute the 5% co-investment cost of the apprenticeship training for an apprentice aged 19 - 24 with an Education, Health and Care plan. An employer will receive £1000 towards the additional cost of training an apprentice aged 19 - 24 with an Education, Health and Care plan. Payments are made via Dynamic Training in 2 payments, 1st payment at 90 days and the 2nd payment at 365 days.
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