Employer Information

Why choose apprenticeship programmes?

  • Subsidised training is directly relevant to your organisation’s standards and needs
  • Skills are specific to your sector
  • You can tackle skills shortages and support succession planning
  • You can improve retention of your employees
  • You will increase the confidence, motivation and morale of your employees.

What does an apprenticeship involve?

  • Apprentices must have a contract of employment and work full-time (ideally 30 hours per week, but a minimum of 16 hours per week)
  • Apprentices will receive training and assessment towards the following:
    • QCF Certificate or Diploma (previously called the NVQ) – assessing their ability to do the job.
    • Technical Certificate – developing their skills, understanding their role and the sector they work in.
    • Functional Skills – English, Maths, and ICT, where applicable.
    • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills – including problem solving, team work, creative thinking.
    • Employer Responsibilities and Rights – understanding your company’s contract of employment, health and safety and your organisation’s ways of working.
  • Your apprentice will learn new skills and develop their experience through:
    • Training on the job, including coaching from colleagues and in-house training / workshops.
    • Guided learning set by their assessor/trainer, including reading, doing internet research, and preparing for tests.
  • Your apprentice will be assessed through a number of approaches, including observation in the workplace, professional discussions, answering questions, writing reflective accounts of their experiences at work, collecting evidence from the workplace, and obtaining witness testimonies from managers and colleagues.
  • Our trainers/assessors will visit your apprentice in the workplace to do their induction and start their apprenticeship programme.  They will make regular contact with the apprentice’s manager to get them to sign documentation and we will provide an update on the apprentice’s progress throughout the programme.

How long do apprenticeships last?

A level 2 apprenticeship programme takes on average 12 months to complete, and a level 3 apprenticeship can take up to 18 months to complete. This depends on the individual apprentice’s needs and how they learn – some apprentices will take longer to complete and some will complete their apprenticeship earlier. Some apprentices may be exempt from completing their Functional Skills, if they have recently completed similar qualifications at the same level.  This could reduce the length of the apprenticeship by up to 3 months.

How much do apprenticeships cost?

Funding available (employers pay the minimum wage*):

  • Fully funded apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds
  • Part funded apprenticeships for those aged 19+
  • Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) of 16-24 year olds

The Skills Funding Agency expects employers to contribute towards the costs of apprenticeship training and assessment.  This may include contributions in kind, eg via the use of training rooms for group sessions. From 1st October 2015 the minimum salary that employers should pay to an apprentice is £3.30 per hour. For further information, visit www.direct.gov.uk or contact the Business Development Team on 0151-650 6933.

We can help you recruit apprentices!

Please call 0151 650 6933 to speak to one of our Business Development Team, email sales@progresstoexcellence.co.uk, or complete our online contact form and we will call you to explain how we can help you recruit your apprentices.  Briefly, to recruit new apprentices:

  • Send us a copy of the job description for your new apprentice.
  • We will upload the job description on the National Apprenticeship Service website – free of charge.
  • We will forward to you applications from those interested in becoming an apprentice – and if you want, we can help shortlist these for you.
  • Working with our partners, A4e and Jobcentre Plus, we can find and support people who want to work with your organisation.
  • You carry out the interviews and then appoint the right person to suit your organisational needs.

Customised training

We can provide you with customised training to meet your organisation’s specific needs.

If you are interested in working with us on training or sourcing your apprentices, please contact the Business Development Team on 0151 650 6933 or email sales@progresstoexcellence.co.uk.