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The advantages of having an apprentice:

  • Approximately 80% of employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive.
  • There are more than 200 different Apprenticeships.
  • The Average Apprenticeship improves productivity by approximately £214 per week.
  • Learning will be done within the workplace at the convenience to the company.
  • Attracts enthusiastic, fresh talent to the business.
  • Provides skill and talent for the future of the business.
  • You do not have to pay employer National Insurance contributions to those under 25 years.

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Apprenticeship standards

The new Apprenticeships have been developed by employers just like you and state exactly what an apprentice should be able to do once their Apprenticeship is complete.
The Standards form progressive career pathways, incorporating the knowledge, skills and behaviours and attitudes employers have specified they are looking for from the Apprenticeship training.

Apprenticeship training

If you are ready to invest in training for your existing staff and to welcome new Apprentices into your business and get a return on your levy investment, it is time to look at training options and experience the benefits of what the new Standards can offer you as a business.

You now have two options on the delivery of the new Standards. You can choose in-house or external programmes, and you can either use an external training provider or your in-house team to deliver the training.
If you choose to deliver the training in-house, you’ll need to register your business as a provider on the register of apprenticeship training providers.

If you plan to use an external training provider, you’ll need to identify the one that best meets your needs. You can go to the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers, which will list all those providers that deliver can deliver excellence in Apprenticeships. These can be found through the Digital Apprenticeship Service or DAS for all levy paying employers.

Preparing your business for the apprenticeship levy and the new standards

If you're ready to benefit from the new apprenticeships and get a return on your levy investment, follow these five essential steps to get your business apprenticeship-ready. 

  • Understand the Apprenticeship levy and how that will impact your business

The apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017 to all businesses with a wage bill over £3million, which can only be recouped when you employ and train apprentices.

To make sure you receive the best return for your levy investment, you should be looking at where that investment would help develop your business and staff motivation.

  • This is your Companies opportunity to develop your existing talent and increase productivity.

Your business can use Apprenticeships to bring new young talent into your company and it can be used to training your existing staff so they are able to progress. This is done by the new Standards incorporating the knowledge, skills and behaviours employers have specified for today’s commercial industries.

  • End-Point Assessment Organisations.

Each Apprentice taking the new Standard will have an End Point Assessment to make sure they are competent in their work and able to progress.

As the employer of an Apprentice, you will be in constant contact with your Provider to make sure they are progressing and learning. Once the Standard has been completed, arrangements for the End Point Assessment will be made.

The End Point Assessment organisation will be chosen by you the employer though your Training Provider will be happy to assist you with this. Each provider who is able to deliver End Point Assessment is registered on the Register of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations through the Apprenticeship Service. The End Point Assessment can only be carried out by an independent Apprentice Organisation (AAO) and they cannot have been involved in the delivery of the Apprenticeship delivery or the employer.


Employers Not Paying the Levy

Apprenticeship standards

The new Apprenticeships have been developed by employers just like you and state exactly what an apprentice should be able to do once their Apprenticeship is complete.

The Standards form progressive career pathways, incorporating the knowledge, skills and behaviours and attitudes employers have specified they are looking for from the Apprenticeship training.

Apprenticeship training

As a small or medium business looking to either recruit a new Apprentice into your business or train your existing staff, you will need to find a training provider to become your Apprenticeship partner. They will work with you to establish which Standards would best suit your business.

The Government set up The Register of Apprenticeships Training Providers, which holds the details of all those capable and that have the capacity to delivery Apprenticeship training for companies like you. So when choosing your provider you can be confident they will deliver the high quality of training you would expect.

Preparing your business for the new apprenticeship standards

You are now ready to incorporate Apprenticeships in your business. The following will help you combine Apprenticeships with your existing training.

  • Think about how Apprenticeships can be used to develop your existing talent and increase productivity and staff retention.

Apprenticeships can be used to help progress your existing staff or as a recruitment tool.

The new Standards have been developed by employers to cover levels from entry level to senior management.

  • Your existing training and development can be mapped across to the new Apprenticeship Standards.

The new Apprenticeship Standards have been developed to be flexible in the training of your staff, so you can custom the Standard to the best suit your business needs.

Some of the training you currently use could be mapped across to meet the new Standards.

  • Find the right Training Provider who can deliver where you need the Apprenticeship training.

The best place to start your search is The Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. This will tell you what they can provide and the areas they cover.

  • What Support is your business entitled to.

The new Apprenticeships for businesses with an annual wage bill of less than £3 million are only required to contribute 10% of the training costs of the Apprenticeship. The 90% balance is covered by the Government.

There may be additional support available so please contact us for more information.

  • End-Point Assessment Organisations.

Each Apprentice taking the new Standard will have an End Point Assessment to make sure they are competent in their work and able to progress.
As the employer of an Apprentice, you will be in constant contact with your Provider to make sure they are progressing and learning. Once the Standard has been completed, arrangements for the End Point Assessment will be made.

The End Point Assessment organisation will be chosen by you the employer though your Training Provider will be happy to assist you with this. Each provider who is able to deliver End Point Assessment is registered on the Register of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations through the Apprenticeship Service. The End Point Assessment can only be carried out by an independent Apprentice Organisation (AAO) and they cannot have been involved in the delivery of the Apprenticeship delivery or the employer.


Paying for apprenticeships as a small or medium sized business

The main facts about paying for the new Apprenticeship Standards.

  • The Government pay 90% of the cost of an Apprenticeship for businesses with a wage bill of less than £3 million.
  • The Government will pay 100% of the training costs for small businesses that employ a 16 to 18 year old on an Apprenticeship. The company should employ less than 50 people to qualify.
  • There will be additional support for businesses who train 16 to 18 year olds. The business will receive £1,000 in two instalments – month three and month 12 of the Apprenticeship.
  • There will be additional support for 19-24 year olds who have previously been in care or who have a Local Authority Education, Health and Care plan.

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