Why Apprenticeships?

In an increasingly tough marketplace, successful businesses know that to continue to grow and thrive they need to maintain a skilled and motivated workforce. By taking on Apprentices or supporting your existing staff onto an Apprenticeship programme, you can deliver real returns to your bottom line through increased productivity, enhanced competitiveness, lower overall training and recruitment costs, and a skilled workforce dedicated to working harder for your business. By offering Apprenticeships you’ll find it easier to recruit and retain the right people for your organisation.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a work-based training programme, which leads to a nationally recognised qualification. It allows employees to develop their skills and understanding whilst in an actual working environment, which benefits both the employer and the employee.

What are the Benefits?

Apprenticeships ensure that your workforce has the practical skills and qualifications your  organisation needs both now and in the future. Apprentices are keen, eager and committed to making a tangible contribution to your business, helping your organisation become more efficient by adding to the skills you already have.

The key benefits include;

  • Gaining skilled and qualified staff in a cost effective way
  • Ensuring that your staff have up-to-date training and qualifications
  • Ensuring that your business is up-to-date with industry standards
  • Addressing skills shortages
  • Motivating your workforce
  • Enhancing your business performance

How long do Apprenticeships last?

Apprenticeships can last between 12 months and four years, depending on the type of sector and level.

What does it involve?

Training combines off the job study (usually at college) with learning and development in the workplace.

How many hours does an Apprentice work?

All Apprentices work a minimum of 30 hours a week on average, this includes any training time at College (off the job) and with the employer (on the job).

What does an Apprenticeship Qualification Include?

A typical Apprenticeship comprises of:

  • Knowledge-based training
  • Competence-based training
  • Transferable key skills such as numeracy, IT and communication
  • An employment rights and responsibilities module
  • Bespoke units of study for your role

How much does it cost a business to take on an Apprentice?

There is usually no cost involved for the training besides the Apprentice salary. Apprentices have to be paid in line with the national minimum wage, however, as the Apprentice progresses many UK employers tend to increase wages in line with their developing skills and industry-specific knowledge. You may also be entitled to funding to support these costs, please see our funding section for more information.

How will I be supported on my Apprenticeship?

We ensure first-class supervision, support and mentoring for all our Apprentices. Throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship you and your Apprentice will have the support of a highly experienced Assessor who will visit the work place and review the skills that have been learnt. You will also have a dedicated Account Manager who will be your key point of contact and will offer support, guidance and advice throughout the partnership.

Can I train my current employees with an Apprenticeship?

Yes! By starting your own Apprentice Academy, you can offer your employees the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications through an Apprenticeship, which will also improve how they work for you and your business; and make them more likely to stay with you in the long-term!

An Apprentice Academy is a pioneering method of delivering training and professional development to your employees. We will meet with you initially to discuss your needs and what you want to achieve from your own academy.

As a guide, the College could offer the following:

  • Initial consultation to discuss your training needs
  • Pre-screening of applicants
  • Tailor-made training, including delivery of recognised qualifications in your own workplace

To find out more, or to speak to our expert Apprenticeship team, please contact us on 01282 440 319.