Employ an apprentice

Why apprenticeships should be a key part of your recruitment and training strategy, helping to drive the success and competitiveness of your business.

Cost effective recruitment of new employees

Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to bring in fresh new talent and help fill any skills gaps whilst shaping their learning around the working practices of your organisation.

Upskill existing employees

Apprenticeships are for learners of all ages and are offered at level 2 through to degree-level. This makes them a great way to develop employees throughout your organisation.

Improved staff retention

Investing in the development of your own staff will result in a motivated and ambitious workforce, helping to improve retention of key skills and experience. Take part in weekly sessions, half termly 1:1 coaching sessions and attend events.

Increased quality and productivity through better trained staff

Employers who have an established apprenticeship programme reported that productivity in their workplace had improved by 76% whilst 75% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service. (Education and Skills Funding Agency 2017)

You’re paying for apprenticeships anyway so you might as well benefit from them!

If your wage bill is in excess of £3 million then you will be contributing to the new Apprenticeship levy. The only way to reclaim this is through the hiring of apprentices so it’s a case of use it or lose it.

What does an apprenticeship include?

New Apprenticeship Standards will replace the old Specifications for Apprenticeship Standards in England (SASE) Frameworks. Currently there is a cross-over period where some of these new standards are already available for delivery alongside the SASE Frameworks. Whereas Frameworks are primarily qualification-focused, Standards have been developed in partnership with employers so are much more occupation-focused.

Standards comprise of:

Qualification (Optional)

Unless a specific qualification has been written into the Standard, providers and employers can choose any relevant qualification such as a Technical Certificate, NVQ or combined qualifications.

Functional Skills (Maths and English and ICT at Level 2)

If apprentice has not already achieved GCSE 9-4 (A*-C), they will be required to take these as part of the programme.

Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours

These are the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required for an individual to be fully competent in the particular occupation.

Off-the-job training

All Apprentices have to have a minimum of 20% off the job to undertake training /assessment, the hours are calculated depending on the length of stay and hours worked per year. This can consist of attending a taught course, a visit from the assessor (not reviews or observations), assignments, job shadowing, in-house courses or e-learning etc.

End-point Assessment

The assessment organisation and the assessor must be independent of, and separate from, the training provider and employer.