Employers Q&A

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships refer to on the job training leading to nationally recognised qualifications, developed by industry. The National Apprenticeship Service supports, funds and co-ordinates the delivery of apprenticeships throughout England. An apprenticeship is a framework in which a young person learns new skills, both on and off the job. The apprenticeship results in nationally recognised qualifications, developed by and relevant to industry. They are employed from day one and spend the majority of time in their workplace.

How long does it take?

This depends on the type of qualifications the apprentice undertakes, but for engineering it is usually between 3 and 4 years for an advanced apprenticeship, and for business administration, between 18 and 24 months.

What does an apprenticeship involve?

Employers and individuals can choose from two types of apprenticeship - Advanced (Level 3) and Higher (Levels 4/5). All apprenticeships include knowledge (theory) and competence (practical) elements that are relevant to an apprentice’s work. This ensures that apprentices gain the skills and knowledge employers need. In addition, apprentices complete transferable skills qualifications (Functional Skills) in literacy, numeracy and IT. Apprentices will also study employment rights and responsibilities (ERR) and develop their personal learning and thinking skills (PLTS). Some time is spent in centre to enable the apprentice to learn the basics needed for their qualification and undertake their theory qualification; the majority of time is spent with you, their employer, to enable them to learn and enhance the practical skills needed for their job.

Is there an upper age limit for apprenticeships?

No.

I'm an SME, is there any support available to help me take on an apprentice?

SMEs can now agree to add one or two broader business skills units for each new apprentice. This additional support recognises that apprentices working in the smallest organisations are often required to work in a wider range of functions.

How much does an apprenticeship cost?

The Government provides the funds to cover the full cost of the mandatory elements of the apprenticeship framework for all 16-18 year olds. Therefore there are no fees. However, government funding is reduced for apprentices aged 19+, this means an 'employer contribution' is required and paid by the employer to subsidise the remainder of the apprenticeship framework.

Are any grants available?

Grants associated to apprenticeships are currently available via main stream government but can change from region to region. The most familiar funding stream is the ‘Apprenticeship Grant for employers of 16 to 24 years old’ or more commonly referred to as the ‘Age Grant’. This focuses on organisations with less than 100 employees and offers a financial one off payment to employers for investing into an apprenticeship programme. For more details click the link. Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE)

What delivery models are available through the AMRC Training Centre for apprenticeships?

We recognise that one delivery model does not meet the needs of employers therefore please contact us to discuss in more detail.


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