What makes the AMRC Training Centre different is not just the facilities: it is the dedicated, dynamic team of trainers, industrialists, teachers and researchers who are committed to providing the best quality apprenticeships.
The team has extensive experience of enabling companies to develop the specialist skills needed to respond to the requirements of companies in the advanced manufacturing sector.
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.
Apprenticeships typically run for three years.
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 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.
There is no upper age limit to apprenticeships. They are aimed at school leavers and those who might want to develop their career within a company.
Government has reformed the way apprenticeships are delivered and funded in England. It is doubling the annual level of apprenticeship spending to £2.5bn for 2019 and 2020, which will be funded by the apprenticeship levy. As a result there are no fees for employers.
Employers with a pay bill of less than £3 million a year do not need to pay the levy. These employers are asked to make a 5% cash contribution (coinvestment) to the cost. The government will cover the remainder up to the agreed funding band maximum for the chosen standard or framework. We work closely with local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help them access apprenticeship provision.
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