Apprenticeships for Businesses

Apprenticeships for business

Apprenticeships for Businesses - What are they? and what's in it for me?

I firmly believe that a large part of Supplyant's success and rapid growth can be attributed to our use of Apprenticeships

Overview

In 2018/2019 there were over 393,000 apprenticeships for businesses started in England, with apprentices taking up intermediate and advanced apprenticeships for over 1,500 different job roles.

They are a proven program that provides people with work relevant skills and qualifications to help you grow your business.

  • Apprenticeships for businesses provide skilled workers for the future
  • Apprenticeships for businesses increase staff loyalty and retention
  • Apprenticeships for businesses increase a company’s bottom line

National Apprenticeship Service data has shown that 81% of consumers favour using a company that takes on apprentices. You can even calculate the return on investment of an apprenticeship on your business on the organisation’s website.

Furthermore, as companies receive funding for each apprentice they take on, it means they don’t have to spend as much to recruit new staff.

Source CMS Vocational Training

What’s in it for me?

  • Get up to £4,000 per candidate when you take on an Apprentice aged 16-18 between April  and September 2021 (age criteria applies ask for more details) 
  • There’s no limit to the number of incentives that you can claim
  • Straightforward recruitment process with no fees
  • 86% of employers said apprenticeships for businesses helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation
  • 78% of employers said apprenticeships for businesses helped them improve productivity
  • 74% of employers said apprenticeships for businesses helped them improve the quality of their product or service

Source National Apprenticeship Service.

Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice are available to any employer who takes on an apprentice as a new employee to their business with a contract of employment start date between 1 August 2020 and 30 September 2021.

For every apprentice that is a new employee to your business, you can claim £3,000 on hire regardless of their age, with an additional £1,000 payment for new apprentice’s aged 16-18 or under 25 if they have an Education and Health and Care Plan. 

You can also claim the incentive by hiring an apprentice who has been made redundant. 

Apprentices who joined your organisation from 1 April 2021

Employers will receive £3,000 for new employees of any age who start their apprenticeship from 1 April to 30 September 2021. 

The incentive will be paid in 2 instalments. As long as the apprentice remains employed by your organisation and in training after 90 days, you will be eligible to receive the first instalment.

If the apprentice remains employed by you and in training on their apprenticeship, you will be eligible to receive the second instalment after 365 days.

The incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice is designed to support employers to find the skills they need to help recover from the economic impact of COVID-19 whilst creating new jobs.

Employers will also continue to receive an additional payment of £1,000 if the apprentice starts the apprenticeship aged:

  • 16 to 18
  • 19 to 24 years old and has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan provided by their local authority or has been in the care of their local authority

This payment is passed on by the training provider to the employer.

Key updates coming to the apprenticeship service

Over the coming months the government will be introducing new features to the apprenticeship service, to help you manage apprenticeships easily and effectively.
 
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Can’t find a training provider? Share your interest
 
If you are struggling to find a provider offering the apprenticeship training you need, you can now fill out a simple online form to share your interest in a particular course with all providers.
 
You will be notified by email of any providers who are able to support your apprenticeship training request, so you can contact them to discuss. Your contact details will not be shared.
 

How to share your interest:

  1. search for apprenticeship training using ‘Find apprenticeship training’
  2. enter a town, city or postcode and select ‘View providers for this course’
  3. on the results page, look for ‘Can’t find a training provider?’ and select ‘Share your interest’

 Find Apprenticeship Training

Road to a quality apprenticeship – a practical guide

The recently published road to a quality apprenticeship provides information to help you achieve a quality experience for your apprentices while maximising the benefits for your business. Take a look to understand more about your role in the apprenticeship journey.

View Roadmap

COMING SOON
Improvements to apprentice onboarding
 
New apprentices that you add to your apprenticeship service account will receive an email requesting them to review and confirm the details of their apprenticeship. Apprentices will be able to refer back to these details during their apprenticeship. They will also have access to guidance on what is expected of them, their provider and you as their employer. These changes will help to make their apprenticeship a quality experience.
 
Improvements to apprenticeship training and assessment
 
Within your account, you will be able to select which version of an apprenticeship standard you would like to be delivered by providers and end-point assessment organisations. This will ensure training matches your business needs and your apprentices receive the right training and assessment.
 
Improvements to transferring and accessing funding
 
Employers who pay the apprenticeship levy (those with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million) will be able to pledge unspent levy funds (up to their 25% transfer allowance) to support apprenticeships in other businesses.
 
All businesses will be able to see these pledges on a public website and apply for funding to pay for 100% of their apprenticeship training and assessment costs (up to the funding band maximum). 

What’s my commitment?

To employ an apprentice, you need to check and meet the following terms and conditions.

When offering an apprenticeship for businesses you need to ensure or provide:

  • They are 16 years old or older by the end of the the first week of September
  • A safe working environment
  • They are not in full-time education
  • work in a role that is relevant to their apprenticeship
  • work enough paid hours* each week to undertake sufficient training to achieve their apprenticeship
  • *Minimum 30 hours required each week, which includes off the job training
  • In conjunction with the training provider provide individual(s) from your business to provide coaching, mentoring and support

Apprentices can be new employees or current employees already working for you.

We base the minimum duration of each apprenticeship on an apprentice working 30 paid hours a week or more. This includes any ‘off-the-job’ training they do.

Designing the program

Apprenticeships for businesses combine learning in the work place with formal off the job training. It enables them to gain the knowledge skills and behaviors they need to be effective in their current role.

Before proceeding there are two questions that you need to think about.

They are:

  1. Have you identified suitable individual(s) for the apprenticeship(s)
  2. Do you have a job description for the apprenticeship?

If not, then you will need to create one, please click here for our template, which may help you.

Let’s assume that you answered Yes, to both of the above. Then the process would start where we would contact approved local apprenticeship providers and set up a virtual meeting at a time that suits you.

Off-the-job training means training done by the apprentice that is separate to their normal role.

This can be done at a college or training organisation, on your premises or online, or using a combination of these options.

For some apprenticeships for businesses, your apprentice may need to study for a work-based qualification from GCSE (or equivalent) up to degree level.

At least 20% of an apprentice’s normal working hours must be used for off-the-job training. This ensures your apprentice will have the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need for their chosen occupation.

Your apprentice may also need to study for maths and English qualifications as part of their apprenticeship. You must allow your apprentice time to study and take part in apprenticeship training within their normal working hours.

You can agree how all of this training will be provided when you choose a training provider. Read our employer guides to support off-the-job training for examples of how this works in practice.

You must:

  • pay your apprentice at least the National Minimum Wage for apprentices
  • give your apprentice a job role (or roles) that enables them to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to achieve their apprenticeship
  • allow your apprentice to combine learning in the workplace with formal off-the-job training
  • pay them for the time they are in work and in off-the-job training
  • give your apprentice a contract of employment that is at least long enough to allow them to complete their apprenticeship successfully

Get started

We specialise in providing access to Government programs to help you grow your business and the region bounce back.

Digital Future First is a part funded EU project; it’s partners (Supplaynt, DBFB and The Learning & Skills Academy) have access to many projects across the SEMLEP region and are here to support you and your business.

Contact us to check your eligibility now.

Find out more about Government support

Although, we have access to a range of Government programs and incentives, you may want to look at the Government website.

See guidance and resources on good work experience including:

Get support to deliver work experience for people with learning difficulties or disabilities from:

Fact Checker

  1. 1
    What's the Scheme?

    In 2018/2019 there were over 393,000 apprenticeships for businesses started in England with apprentices taking up intermediate and advanced apprenticeships for over 1,500 different job roles.

    They are a proven program that provides people with work relevant skills and qualifications to help you grow your business.

  2. 2
    What's in it for me as a Business Owner?
    • Get up to £4,000 per candidate when you take on an Apprentice aged 16-18 between April  and September 2021 (age criteria applies ask for more details) 
    • There's no limit to the number of incentives that you can claim
    • Straightforward recruitment process with no fees
    • 86% of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation
    • 78% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve productivity
    • 74% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve the quality of their product or service

    Source National Apprenticeship Service

  3. 3
    How do I apply?

    Any business can access apprenticeships.

    1. Are you looking to scale up your existing workforce?
    2. Are you looking to recruit new staff?

    Contact us to start the process. 

  4. 4
    What's my commitment?

    To employ an apprentice, you need to check and meet the following terms and conditions.

    When offering an apprenticeship you need to ensure or provide:

    • They are 16 years old or older by the end of the the first week of September
    • A safe working environment
    • They are not in full-time education
    • work in a role that is relevant to their apprenticeship
    • work enough paid hours* each week to undertake sufficient training to achieve their apprenticeship
    • *Minimum 30 hours required each week, which includes off the job training
    • In conjunction with the training provider supply individual(s) from your business to facilitate coaching, mentoring and support

    Apprentices can be new employees or current employees already working for you.

  5. 5
    Find out more

    Please Contact us to book an appointment with one of our advisors.

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The SEMLEP region
Our SEMLEP region

The South East Midlands is a region of strategic importance, linking the key economic hubs of Oxford, Cambridge and London to Birmingham.

The area consists primarily of local authorities:

  • Bedford Borough
  • Central Bedfordshire
  • Luton
  • Milton Keynes
  • Northamptonshire

In April 2020 Aylesbury Vale District Council was separated from the SEMLEP region.

Additional information

Looking for TraineeshipApprenticeshipGraduate PlacementsKnowledge TransferLeadership Training Support?

Traineeships/

Work experience that is funded by Government and includes a £1000 grant to the business. it’s a  cost-effective way to get some help for your business. 

Graduate Placements/

Graduate programmes last up to 10 weeks. You only pay 40% of the total employment cost which gives you a unique chance to get some serious talent on a project.

Leadership Training/

Training that will help you refresh and build on your existing leadership skills in order to increase your leadership capacity in your job.

Knowledge Transfer/

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership project is shared by the business and by Innovate UK who contribute 50-67% of support to help businesses grow.

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Apprenticeships for Businesses

The intention of apprenticeships for businesses

Reduce the number of young people who are unemployed, not in education or in training.
Encourage 16-18 year olds to participate in training and education.
Secure young people’s progression to a positive outcome as quickly as possible
Helping the region bounce back

Speed up business. Reduce Risk.

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