Are you seeking a partner to work with in delivering apprenticeships?
We are able to offer current apprenticeship frameworks and 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.
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 – for more information call Tracey Bedford on 01572 720906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Apprenticeships are an excellent way to combine work and study, mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. You will get high-quality, hands-on training, as well as on- and off-the-job training to develop skills and knowledge needed within a business.
A typical apprenticeship programme contains the following components:
- A minimum of 30 hours a week in paid employment
- An apprenticeship programme usually lasting between 1 and 4 years.
If you are:
- Aged 16 or over
- Would like support to begin an apprenticeship, or
- Would like to complete an apprenticeship within your existing employment
Please contact Charlotte Law on 01572 758283 or email@example.com to find out how we can support you.
We offer apprenticeships in:
Rutland Adult Learning and Skills Service, together with Peterborough Regional College, are advertising the following local apprenticeship vacancies:
For more information, or to apply, click on a vacancy title.
How Apprenticeships are changing
Currently, the training elements for apprenticeships are called 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; they specify the training and qualifications that make up the apprenticeship programmes being followed by both existing and new apprentices.
In 2017, as part of apprenticeship reforms, the Government published new standards. There will be a standard available for each occupational area, allowing apprentices to have a mastery of occupation in a specific job role. These 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.
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.