Hire an Apprentice
Apprenticeships are an exciting option for both individuals and employers to gain hands on training and an opportunity to put skills into practice.
Apprenticeships are available at multiple levels. From school leavers, people upskilling within their careers (e.g. middle managers, business staff, customer facing staff, health care workers), as well as those looking for a complete career change.
How does an apprenticeship work?
An apprenticeship is made up of 4 main elements:
- On the job training – delivered by the employer. Training that is directly related to the job role and will support the apprentice to carry out their duties.
- Off the job training – delivered by the training provider within the apprentice’s normal working hours. This training will teach the apprentice all of the skills, knowledge and behaviours as set out in the apprenticeship standard that they are studying towards in order that they achieve occupational competence.
Apprentices must spend at least 20% of their working hours completing off the job training. This is flexible and can be either 1 day per week, blocked out time, a proportion of daily working hours, and will always be arranged with the employer at the beginning of the apprenticeship.
- English and Maths – An apprentice may also need to study for maths and English as part of their apprenticeship if it hasn’t already been achieved at GCSE or equivalent. This training also takes place within normal working hours but is not counted towards the 20% off the job.
- End Point Assessment – EPA is the final assessment of the skills, knowledge and behaviours that the apprentice has learners during their time on programme and is validation of their occupational competence following their learning. Assessments have been designed by employers in the sectors and are conducted by independent bodies know as end point assessment organisations (EPAOs). An apprentice will only get their apprenticeship certificate after passing all elements of their EPA.
For more information on becoming an apprentice or hiring an apprentice/upskilling a current staff member, please visit: apprenticeships.gov.uk.
How can upskilling your employees help your business?
- Productivity and profitability – Skilled, qualified and motivated employees are able to fulfil their role to a high standard which means reduced costs and better output.
- Competitive advantage – Set your business apart from competitors with skilled, experienced and qualified staff.
- Retention – Your staff will feel appreciated and inspired by your commitment to their career development leading to improved workforce retention.
- Flexibility – Apprenticeships are flexible. You can start at any time of the year
- Cost effective – We can help you to access the latest and most relevant funding for your business which can help to reduce your training costs.
- Progression – Apprenticeships offer fantastic progression opportunities for your employees.
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