Employ an Apprentice
How can Apprentices help your business?
Recruiting the right member of staff for your company and ensuring that they have the relevant skills and knowledge to do the job will be extremely important to you. Our Apprenticeship and work-based learning programmes can provide you with a number of key benefits:
- Cost effective recruitment
- Development of a well-trained, well-motivated workforce
- Help with meeting the costs of training
- Increased productivity through better trained staff
- Improved company performance with measurable impact
- Demonstrate your commitment to staff development.
Things To Consider Before Recruiting an Apprentice
Before employing an Apprentice and to encourage success when recruiting, employing and working with your Apprentice, it’s important to consider the following:
- Ensure your business has a belief in Apprenticeships and their worth and be prepared to invest in them
- Spend time looking at roles that might be suitable for Apprentices. You may have temping roles that you could develop into Apprenticeships, for example, or a certain facet of the business may be growing and needs support in developing
- You’re willing to support them should they be required to attend training off-site
- You must ensure that your Apprentice is employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week
- Ensure your Apprentice receives the same holidays as their colleagues, unless special circumstances are identified and other arrangements agreed
- You may wish to consider converting a current employee to an Apprentice. Their terms and conditions will remain unchanged.
Apprenticeships - what qualifications are involved?
Some Apprenticeships include a combined competence and knowledge-based Diploma, whilst others may include a separate work-based qualification (NVQ) and knowledge qualification (QCF Technical Certificate).
Competence is assessed in the workplace on a regular basis by our highly respected assessors, which gives your Apprentices a flexible and convenient way of learning. We also ensure that employers are kept up-to-date with progress meetings every 12 weeks as a minimum.
We can talk to you about the expected changes in your specific area.
New ‘Standard’ Apprenticeships were introduced in 2017 and created by employer led-bodies called Trailblazers. Most of the old ‘Framework’ programmes will have expired by July 2020 and where appropriate, replaced with a ‘Standard’.
Frameworks are delivered and continually assessed and approved by the Training Provider, however with the new Standards, the Training Provider delivers the training, but then the Assessments are carried out by approved ‘End Point Assessment Organisations’ EPAOs. For more information, please contact The Apprenticeship Team.
NVQ and QCF National Standards are set by employer led-bodies, who know exactly what skills are needed to do each job well. Each individual unit is assessed and credited and an NVQ, QCF or Diploma qualification is awarded when all of the required units have been achieved. Assessment activities normally take place within the workplace by a qualified assessor.
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