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Apprenticeships can have wide-ranging benefits to organisations of all shapes and sizes, but the process of them and picking a suitable training provider can be difficult. This Employer corner aims to provide you with all the apprenticeship-related information you require, as well as reasons why you should choose to partner with us.
In order for apprenticeships to have the most impact and success for your business and your employees, we believe it’s important that there is a strong partnership and cohesive approach between employer and training provider.
Benefits of Apprenticeships
You can use apprenticeship training to:
upskill your current workforce
fill key skill gaps in your business
boost employee motivation by investing in their development
For example, an experienced employee may be keen to get a formal qualification in their specialist area. Or perhaps, someone has the aptitude and drive to learn something new and progress into a different role.
There are apprenticeships from level 2 to level 7 (equivalent to a degree) so you’ll be able to find apprenticeships that best suit the learning and development needs of your employees.
Apprenticeships are designed by employers, so that they reflect all of the relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours that your business may need.
A recent survey of UK organisations uncovered the following results:
92% of companies who employ an apprentice believe apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce
89% of companies employing apprentices agree they make the workplace more productive
81% of consumers favour a company that employs apprentices
Apprenticeships have become increasingly popular over the last decade and are being viewed by many as a very viable alternative to university or other further education methods. As such, more and more high-quality candidates are looking for apprenticeships as a route to kickstart their career. Hiring apprentices and giving them the opportunity to grow and learn with your organisation is found to lead to loyal staff who buy into the companies’ objectives.
How to hire an apprentice
Apprenticeships help bring valuable skills into your business with governmental aid. They’re suitable for people at any kind of level so you can hire someone new or upskill an existing employee.
You’ll need to create an apprenticeship service account to hire an apprentice.
You can then either:
choose an apprenticeship training course and find a training provider using "find apprenticeship training"
create your own apprenticeship opportunity using "recruit an apprentice"
If you create an apprenticeship opportunity, we’ll advertise it on find an apprenticeship. You can manage the recruitment process or ask us to manage it on your behalf.
An apprentice must:
be 16 or over
not already be in full-time education
be living in England
There are other ways to find an apprentice and increase the diversity of your applicants. For example, you can:
hold open days
arrange visits to schools, colleges and universities
use social media
participate in careers events, like WorldSkills UK Live
Free Recruitment Service
As mentioned in the hiring an apprentice section, we can aid you with the recruitment process of hiring an apprentice or apprentices and this service is completely free.
How our service works
Have a meeting with one of our team – explain to us your recruitment needs, the job description, when you want the role(s) to start and how many apprentices you’re looking for.
Leave it to us – After we’ve got all the information, we need we’ll advertise the vacancies and then screen and interview any potential candidates. We’ll then provide you all of the information we’ve collated, allowing you to choose candidates to advance.
Next step interviews – After you’ve looked over the screen candidates you can let us know which you would like to interview, and we can arrange this for you.
Time to get started – If the interview process was successful and you’d like to hire any of the candidates, we will get them enrolled onto their apprenticeship programme and provide them all of the on-going support to help them achieve their qualification and become a valuable asset to your organisation.
As we offer a varied selection of apprenticeships, the delivery is not standardised across all. Some apprenticeships, specifically Building Services include batch release to our head office where we have construction and maintenance training sites. Others are solely remotely taught, with monthly one-to-ones with trainers, as well as masterclasses led by trainers and industry professionals. Delivery can also be modified to fit your employer needs dependent on cohort size.
Funding an Apprenticeship
All companies that have an annual wage bill of more than £3m will have to pay 0.5% of their wage bill into a digital account. These funds have to be spent on apprenticeships, either to upskill existing staff or on new recruits. There is a huge range of apprenticeships available, from the traditional entry-level roles to supervisory and management; All the way up to even degree level apprenticeships!
At GLP Training, we are experts at guiding clients through the complexities of the apprenticeship levy. We pride ourselves on delivering a truly personal and bespoke service, where we can tailor our programmes to your exact requirements. We can work with you to identify potential skill gaps in your organisation and provide support and guidance at all stages, and we even offer a fully managed service where we can take care of the whole process from managing your levy account to managing subcontractors, meaning you save valuable time and resources.
GLP has built its reputation on delivering exceptional service to our clients and the majority of our business comes via recommendation. Get in touch today to see how we could help you get the most from levy.
Transferring levy funds
Not everyone uses their full levy pot and if they don’t the funds can disappear. To prevent levy funds going to waste, employers who pay the apprenticeship levy can choose to transfer any unused funds to another employer, using the apprenticeship service.
This would help them to pay for apprenticeship training and assessments and funnel down learning and development funds from large organisations to small. You can find employers who may want to transfer funds by:
speaking to training providers
working with employers in your supply chain
getting in touch with employers in your industry
working with regional partners
A levy-paying employer can transfer a maximum of 25% of their levy funds.
Non – Levy
How much does it cost?
As an employer that doesn’t pay the apprenticeship levy, you pay just 5% towards the cost of training and assessing an apprentice. The government will pay the rest up to the funding band maximum. You’ll pay the training provider directly and agree on a payment schedule.
If you employ fewer than 50 employees, the government will pay 100% of the apprenticeship training costs up to the funding band maximum for apprentices aged:
16 to 18
19 to 24 with an education, health and care plan provided by their local authority or has been in the care of their local authority
If you exceed the funding band maximum, you’ll need to pay all the additional costs. You will need to create an apprenticeship service account to reserve apprenticeship funding.
What you need to do
To check which version of a standard an apprentice is on, or to move an existing apprentice onto the latest version, simply sign in to your account and select an apprentice from the 'Manage your apprentices' section.