Employers Guide to Apprenticeships

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Employers Guide to Apprenticeships

What we do

We work with employers throughout Hull, the East Riding, North and North East Lincolnshire, helping them recruit fantastic 16+ year old apprentices into a variety of job roles, including; Office Administrators, Customer Service Assistants, Marketing Officers, Social Media Specialists, IT Support Assistants, Receptionists, Teaching Assistants and many more.

The aim

To ensure that we find you a choice of apprentices who match your requirements perfectly and that your chosen apprentice will progress into permanent employment with yourselves and become a key member of staff in the future.

How it works

To ensure that we find you a choice of apprentices who match your requirements perfectly and that your chosen apprentice will progress into permanent employment with yourselves and become a key member of staff in the future.

The cost

You will need to pay your apprentice’s wage, your apprentice must receive at least the apprenticeship minimum wage (if aged 16-18 or aged 19+ and in the first year of their apprenticeship) or the minimum wage for their age group. If you are hiring a new apprentice you will also be eligible to receive the incentive payment for apprentice employers worth between £3000 and £4000.

The benefits

Productivity

Apprentices bring new energy, ideas and enthusiasm to the workplace, which has a knock-on effect on other employees, increasing productivity across the business.

Practice

A new apprentice is trained to do things your way, learn your processes and your company cultures. Mould your own workforce into skilled employees.

Profile

Offering apprenticeships is a great way to improve your company image and raise your profile in the local area. As many employers rely on their local talent pool, this is a great way to improve recruitment too.

Preservation

Apprentices learn how your business works, they appreciate you taking time to train them. You are passing on your knowledge, experience and skills providing you with a skilled workforce for the future.

Progression

Apprenticeships aren’t just for entry level roles. You can develop apprentices and up-skill existing staff through apprenticeships. You won’t pay NI contributions for an apprentice under the age of 25.

Paperwork

Prior to your apprentice commencing employment with yourselves, we will need to carry out a health and safety assessment. This is a requirement of the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) who fund apprenticeships.

It is important to note that we will be classed as the training provider and you the employer. As such, you will need to provide your apprentice with an employment contract on the first day of their employment and it is an ESFA requirement that you provide us with a copy for our records.

Also on the first day of employment, you will be sent a workplace induction checklist, learning agreement and a service level agreement (if not previously completed). Again, it is an ESFA requirement that you complete, sign and return this paperwork to us at your earliest convenience.

Success

We want to work with you for years ahead and the success of your apprentice is of paramount importance to us. We will do everything we can to support you at all times and our dedicated, professional, experienced and enthusiastic team are available at all times should you need us.

The Future

Once your apprentice has achieved both their apprenticeship it is hoped that they’ll have done so well that you’ll want to take them on permanently. You can, of course, offer them a permanent contract of employment at any point from your apprentice’s first day of learning onwards.

Useful Links

National Apprenticeship Service

www.apprenticeships.org.uk
The National Apprenticeship Service, part of the Education & Skills Funding Agency, is the government agency that coordinates apprenticeships in England, enabling young people to enter employment.

Equality and Diversity

In addition to ensuring our learners are entering a safe environment, we also want them to enter a fair environment – is equality and diversity something that your organisation has considered before? Whether your business is well versed in E&D considerations, or it is something entirely new to your organisation, we believe this ACAS booklet will be of use to you.

Prevent

All employers with apprentices should exemplify fundamental British values through their behaviour and practice with learners, colleagues and other people they interact with through their work. This will include demonstrating and promoting tolerance and mutual respect as part of their Equality Duty and complying with the Equality Duty as set out in the Equality Act 2010 to prevent discrimination against people with protected characteristics.

If you would like any further information, advice or guidance on E&D or Prevent, please do not hesitate to contact us at the training centre.