What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is an excellent way to earn whilst you learn. You can gain valuable knowledge and hands-on experience in a paid job, whilst also studying a relevant qualification.
An apprenticeship programme usually lasts between 1 and 6 years, depending on its level. They range from Level 2 – equivalent to GCSEs – to Level 7, which is a degree apprenticeship. Apprenticeships also involve at least 30 hours a week in paid employment.
Who are they for?
Apprenticeships are suitable for anyone over the age of 16 living in England and not in full-time education. Employers can offer apprenticeships to new entrants or use them to grow talent from among current employees.
Apprenticeships are funded and therefore free to the learner. This makes apprenticeships an ideal route into a new job, or a way to develop your skills with your existing employer to progress your career.
We offer apprenticeships in:
- Accounting – Levels 2, 3 & 4
- Business Administration – Level 3
- Customer Service – Levels 2 & 3
- Digital Marketing – Level 3
- Early Years Educator – Levels 2 & 3
- Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools (Teaching Assistant) – Level 3
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We offer a range of apprenticeship Standards which have been designed to be relevant for each occupational area and the needs of your business.
Government funding for apprenticeships includes an employer incentive payment of £1,000 for employers taking on an apprentice aged 16-18, or 19-24 if on a Local Authority EHCP plan or have been in care. If you have less than 50 employees, apprenticeship training for those who fit the above criteria will be fully funded.
For apprentices aged 19+, the government will continue to fund 95% of the apprenticeship programme whilst a 5% investment is required by the employer.
New incentive payments
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has set about working towards economic recovery with a ‘Plan for Jobs’. As a part of this measure, there will be new payments for employers who hire new apprentices.
Employers will receive £3,000 for new employees of any age who start their apprenticeship from 1st April to 30th September 2021. This payment is in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice aged 16-18, or an apprentice under 25 with an EHCP or who’s been in the care of their local authority.
The Apprenticeship Levy
The apprenticeship levy for larger employers was introduced in April 2017. It is set at 0.5% of an employer’s pay bill, and each employer will receive an allowance of £15,000 to offset against their levy payment. This means that the levy will only be paid on any pay bill in excess of £3 million, and less than 2% of UK employers will pay it. All employers who do not pay the levy will be able to access government support for apprenticeships.
We can help you to advertise (free of charge) and recruit an apprentice for your organisation. Our apprenticeships are delivered in partnership with Stamford College – for more information call Charlotte Law on 01572 758283 or email email@example.com or RALSS.firstname.lastname@example.org
Rutland Adult Learning and Skills Service, together with Stamford College, are advertising the following local apprenticeship vacancies:
- Business Administration Apprentice – Catmose College, Oakham – closes 20th May
- Apprentice Receptionist/HR Support Administrator – Mecc Alte (Uk) Limited, Oakham – closes 27th May
- Apprentice Business Administrator – Connections Legal Management Limited, Ketton – closes 3rd June
If no vacancies are listed, it means there are none currently available through RALSS. Check back regularly for updates!