Apprenticeships and your business

Information for employers

What are the benefits to your business?

There are plenty of  business benefits of apprenticeships! They’re a great way to provide sustainable training to your workforce and are a cost effective way to up-skill your existing staff. You can also use them to grow your workforce by recruiting enthusiastic new employees into your business.

93% of our employers would recommend us*

*Taken from 2017/18 Ofsted Employer View

Apprenticeships and your business

  • Apprenticeships can help you plan for the future and fill skills shortages in your industry. Research has shown that 25% of former apprentices are promoted within 12 months of finishing their qualification*
  • High quality, sector specific-training relevant to your business
  • Your staff can progress on to further qualifications at higher levels helping to promote growth in your business
  • Your team will gain nationally recognised qualifications to improve their knowledge in your sector
  • Apprenticeships boost productivity to your business by an average of £214 per week*
  • Provide CPD to existing staff – there’s no upper age limit to an apprenticeship
  • Apprenticeships can help increase motivation and staff retention
  • Flexible delivery to suit your business

Here at Progress to Excellence Ltd we understand the importance of high quality training to you and your business, and will support you at all stages of your training journey, providing an employer focused service. We also offer a free, fully managed apprenticeship service to help you recruit your next generation of staff.

Employers – if your apprentice is under the age of 25 and paid above the apprenticeship wage, you no longer need to contribute to their National Insurance Contributions. Contact us to find out more.

How does an apprenticeship work?

  • An apprenticeship is a nationally recognised qualification for those aged 16+
  • Apprenticeships are available to existing and new members of your workforce
  • Your apprentice will learn new skills and develop their experience through:
    • Guided learning set by their assessor/trainer, including reading, doing internet research, and preparing for tests
    • Training on the job, including coaching from colleagues and in-house training/workshop
  • Each course takes a minimum of 12 months to complete depending on the level
  • We will support you and your staff through all stages of the training to ensure the highest standards are achieved
  • To undertake an apprenticeship, your staff member must have a contract of employment
  • They should ideally be working 30 hours per week or more. They must work a minimum of 16 hours per week
  • Your staff 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
    • Obtaining witness testimonies from managers and colleagues.

Apprentices will receive training and assessment towards the following:

  • Certificate or diploma – 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
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities – understanding your company’s contract of employment, health and safety and your organisation’s ways of working.

What are your next steps?

To find out more, contact us and we’ll arrange for one of our consultants to come out and do a full training needs analysis of your organisation.  You can contact the team by phoning 0151 650 6933 or use the button below.