That’s why we want to make sure finding and employing your next apprentice is as easy and simple as possible.
To help you get started we have put together some frequently asked questions- so whether it’s information about apprenticeship standards or funding, we have got you covered.
If at any point you have further questions, our dedicated team of advisers are here to offer you guidance.
Employers that choose us as their apprenticeship provider benefit from:
An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying assessment and skills development programme.
It is a way for individuals to earn while they learn, gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role.
Apprenticeships benefit employers by boosting the skills of the workforce and help to improve productivity.
Apprenticeship standards have been developed by industry to ensure that current and emerging needs of industry can be met. They focus on the development of knowledge, skills and behaviours.
Knowledge represents what the apprentice should actually know in order to succeed in their apprenticeship and chosen career. This includes theoretical, academic learning that may or may not be accredited via a formal qualification; it also represents the knowledge that underpins their technical and workplace skills.
Skills are the technical and vocational activities that apprentices need to be able to actually do in their job. For example a Machinist may need to be able to set up a CNC milling machine. These are underpinned by vocational knowledge.
Behaviours are the traits, attributes and professional practices an apprentice needs to develop in order to thrive and progress at work. These can be generic, such as team working and communication skills but may be occupationally specific, such as seeking opportunities to improve quality, speed and efficiency for Engineering Technicians.
Off-the-job training is a statutory requirement for an English apprenticeship. It is training which is received by the apprentice, during the apprentice’s normal working hours. In this time, apprentices should be working to achieving the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the approved apprenticeship. By normal working hours we mean paid hours excluding overtime.
Off-the-job training can include the following:
Key facts about Off-the-job training:
The Gateway is a milestone within an apprenticeship standard where an apprentice must satisfy their employer and provider that they are ready to progress, either within the standard (for example from level 2 to level 3) or to End Point Assessment (EPA).
Gateways determining progression within a standard are defined clearly within each standard’s assessment plan. However, there are characteristics common to EPA Gateways across all standards: the apprentice must be able to demonstrate:
End Point Assessment (EPA)
EPA is a synoptic assessment of knowledge, skills and behaviours. The specifics of this vary between standards and are determined in each apprenticeship standard’s assessment plan. EPA usually consists of:
Apprenticeships at the AMRC Training Centre typically run between three and four years depending on the specific programme
Apprentices must spend at least 20% of their time in off-the-job training, however, they may need more than this if, for example, they need training in English and maths.
At the AMRC Training Centre apprentices spend a minimum of between 16 to 38 weeks at the start of their programme full time in centre, depending on the apprenticeship pathway. We work hand-in-hand with employers to ensure they gain crucial skills in this time, meaning they can be productive in company from day one.
Many degree apprentices also attend the centre full time for the first 16 to 38 weeks at the start of the programme, developing skills in the same way. However, if a degree apprentice already has these skills, for example of they have progressed from an advanced or higher apprenticeship, this may not be necessary.
Regardless of level, all apprentices will attend classroom learning (this may be face to face, online or a mixture of both) on a day release basis to complete their knowledge qualifications. This usually takes two years.
There is no upper age limit to apprenticeships.
Employers have the option to either recruit an apprentice through our recruitment and matching service.
Train current employees, developing their skills and knowledge through an apprenticeship programme. However, it is important that the apprenticeship would develop significant new knowledge, skills and behaviours or the candidate may not be eligible
Apprentices will be given a full programme induction by the AMRC Training Centre. However, they will also require a full induction to the role and workplace.
Apprentices are entitled to paid holidays and sick pay just like any other employee. They are also entitled to any other benefits or training you offer your employees.
You are responsible for paying your apprentice’s wage and giving them their contract of employment. You must pay apprentices at least the national minimum wage rate.
All employers are required to pay for apprentices personal protective equipment (PPE), which includes uniform, safety glasses and safety boots. The cost is currently £100 per apprentice.
If you are a business with a wage bill above £3 million you are able to use your apprenticeship levy contributions to pay for the cost of the apprenticeship.
Employers who do not have sufficient levy payments to cover the full cost of tuition fees, will also be eligible for the 95% government funding.
If you are a business with a wage bill below £3 million the Government will pay 95% of the cost of the apprenticeship for apprentices of any age.
Official government information, guidance and advice on the Apprenticeship Levy can be found here>
Small businesses (fewer than 50 employees) hiring an apprentice under 19-years-of-age when the apprenticeship commences will pay no costs at all.
All businesses employing an apprentice under 19-years-of-age, a care leaver up to 24-years-of-age or an adult with additional needs will qualify for an extra support payment of £1,000.
Our end to end recruitment service will make it easier for you to employ the right apprentice.
Whether you want to upskill an existing member of staff or recruit a new member of staff we will undertake all of the necessary assessments to make sure the apprenticeship is right for them.
When recruiting new apprentices we will undertake all the necessary interviews, assessments and vetting to ensure the most appropriate candidates are submitted to your vacancy. You can find out more about the apprentice application process here>
We have a dedicated team with a wealth of experience to take you through employing an apprentice - from recruitment to advice on funding, we can help.
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