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With an apprenticeship, you gain a suite of recognised qualifications whilst working – and get paid at the same time.

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With an apprenticeship, you gain a suite of recognised qualifications whilst working – and get paid at the same time.

Talk to us about apprenticeships if you are:

  • Aged 16 and over,
  • Would like support to get into an apprenticeship, or
  • Would like to complete apprenticeship training within your existing job role

Talk to Tracey Bedford on 01572 720906 or tracey.bedford@peterborough.ac.uk to find out how we can support you

We offer apprenticeships in:

Apprenticeship Vacancies

Rutland Adult Learning and Skills Service together with Peterborough Regional College are offering the following apprenticeships locally:

  •  Adult Care Worker Level 2 Apprenticeship

The Lodge Trust, a Christian residential care home for adults with learning disabilities, is looking to recruit two Heath and Social Care Apprentices. If you enjoy caring for individuals, including supporting them with independent living, in a way that respects their dignity and encourages their independence, then this could be the perfect job for you. For more information, please follow the link below:

https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-354671

Please email charlotte.law@peterborough.ac.uk to find out how to apply, or call 01572 758283 / 01572 720906 and speak to one of our team for more details.

We are continuously advertising apprenticeships, so please register with us and we can keep you up to date on what is on offer.

Employers

Are you seeking a partner to work with in delivering apprenticeships?

We are able to offer current apprenticeship frameworks and, where approved, some of the new standards.  Apprenticeships changed in May 2017 to include 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 more information call Tracey Bedford on 01572 720906 or email tracey.bedford@peterborough.ac.uk

Apprenticeships have been designed to be relevant for each occupational area. We can help you to advertise (for free) and recruit an apprentice for your organisation.

Our apprenticeships are delivered in partnership with Peterborough Regional College.

An apprenticeship is an excellent way for you to develop employees with the skills and experience you need.

An apprentice will get hands-on training, as well as on- and off-the-job training that develops skills and knowledge needed within your business.

A typical apprenticeship programme contains the following components:

  • A minimum of 30 hours a week in paid employment
  • An apprenticeship programme that usually lasts between 1 and 4 years.
Standards

As part of the new apprenticeship reforms, bought in May 2017, new standards will eventually replace all old frameworks.  These industry standards set out the competencies and knowledge needed within the apprentice’s chosen industry.  The apprenticeship will be end-point assessed by an external end-point assessment centre independent of the training provider.  The apprentice will be required to complete Level 2 Maths and English if not already achieved before the end-point assessment takes place.

Frameworks

  •  Knowledge based element – These are vocationally related qualifications that provide the underpinning knowledge and the context for doing the job effectively.
  •  Competence-based element – This provides the practical skills in specific occupational areas.
  •  Functional skills up to Level 2 – Maths, English and ICT that are transferable work-related skills.
  •  A module of employer’s rights and responsibilities.

How Apprenticeships are Changing

Apprenticeships – currently frameworks

Currently, the training elements for apprenticeships are called apprenticeship Frameworks. These normally consist of a main sector specific qualification, Functional skills Maths, English and IT and employment rights and responsibilities.

For most sectors, these frameworks are still live and they specify the training and qualifications that make up the apprenticeship programmes being followed by existing and new apprentices.

As part of apprenticeship reforms, the Government has recently published new apprenticeship standards. There will be a standard available for each occupational area, allowing apprentices to have a mastery of occupation in a specific job role area. These apprenticeship standards have been designed by employers for employers, to ensure that apprenticeships are even better placed to support businesses.

Not all standards have accredited qualifications, but all apprenticeships must have an end-point assessment, done by an end-point assessment centre independent to the apprenticeship training provider. In order to incorporate the assessment, the minimum apprenticeship length will be 372 days.

It is predicted that, from 2020, all apprentices will be starting on one of the new apprenticeship standards. Each of the employer-led groups involved in shaping the content of the standards is referred to as a ‘trailblazer’. Trailblazers have been leading the way on the proposed reform of apprenticeships. They’ve been working together to design apprenticeship standards and assessment approaches to make them world-class. More and more standards will be published over the coming months.

Each standard will have a monetary banding, so providers must price their training accordingly – although it does not necessarily follow that the cheapest provider is the best!

To find out more about the reforms, visit: gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeship-changes

Apprenticeship Funding & Grants

In spring 2017, the way the government funds apprenticeships in England changed. Some employers are now required to contribute to a new apprenticeship levy, and there will be changes to the funding for apprenticeship training for all employers. With the new reforms, control of the finances have now passed to the levy-paying employers.

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.

Changes to apprenticeships will affect all employers operating in the UK, whether you pay the apprenticeship levy or not. You can choose to take on new apprentices or train existing staff members.

 Incentive payment

An employer incentive payment of £1,000 is available to employers taking on an apprentice aged 16-18, or 19-24 if on a Local Authority EHCP plan or who have been in care.  The payment is paid in 2 instalments, one after 90 days and the final payment after 365 days.

National Insurance changes for apprentices

To make it cheaper to employ young apprentices, from April 2016 employers will not have to pay National Insurance contributions (NICs) for all but the highest-earning apprentices aged under 25.