FAQs For Employers

WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP?

Apprenticeships refer to on-the-job training leading to nationally recognised qualifications, developed by industry. Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

An apprentice:

  • Works alongside experienced staff
  • Gains job-specific skills
  • Earns a wage
  • Studies towards a related qualification (usually 1 day a week)

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO MY BUSINESS?

By taking on an Apprentice in Manchester, or supporting your existing staff onto an Apprenticeship, you can deliver real returns to your bottom line. This achieved via increased productivity, enhanced competitiveness, and lower overall training & recruitment costs. There are also a number of grants available if your business takes on an apprentice in Manchester, making it even more cost effective.

  • Gain skilled qualified staff in a cost effective way
  • Improve your bottom line
  • Ensure that your staff have up to date training and qualifications
  • Stay up to date with industry standards
  • Address skills gaps
  • Motivate your workforce with young enthusiastic staff
  • Increase productivity

HOW DO I HIRE AN APPRENTICE IN MANCHESTER?

We can make this an easy process for you. We run a free advisory and recruitment service that will identify your needs. We will source and recruit suitable candidates for you to interview and select. We then find a suitable training provider to conduct the training.

HOW MANY APPRENTICES CAN I HAVE?

You can employ as many as you need, there is no limit, however, don’t bite off more than you can chew! Apprentices require support and mentoring, so bear that in mind. If you take a group of apprentices we may be able arrange a training provider to run on-site training.

HOW WILL I BE INFORMED ABOUT THEIR PERFORMANCE AT COLLEGE?

Every apprentice in Manchester, and indeed the whole country, is assigned a mentor from the training provider or College and will periodically hold a formal review with you and provide feedback on their work at college.

We don’t stop once you employ your apprentice, a key benefit of using our services is that we continue to liaise and communicate with yourselves, the college and student, meaning that we keep clear lines of communications open.

If you have any issues at all, do not hesitate to contact us.

DO I HAVE TO EMPLOY AN APPRENTICE FULL-TIME?

The minimum commitment you must make is 30 hours per week and this has to include the required hours for learning and development (typically one day). We can advise you further when you are ready to create the vacancy.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO BE AN APPRENTICE?

Anyone in England can apply for an apprenticeship if they’re:

  • 16 or over
  • Eligible to work in England
  • Not in full-time education

HOW LONG TO THEY TAKE?

The length of an Apprenticeship varies depending on prior skills levels of the apprentice, the qualification being obtained and industry sector. Generally, Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete.

WHAT LEVELS OF APPRENTICESHIP ARE AVAILABLE?

There are 3 levels in England:

  • Intermediate – equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced – equivalent to 2 A level passes
  • Higher – lead to NVQ Level 4 and above or a Foundation Degree

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO THEY ACHIEVE?

Apprenticeships can lead to:

  • National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) at Level 2,3,4 or 5
  • Functional Skills qualifications, e.g. in maths, English or ICT
  • A technical certificate, such as a BTEC or City & Guilds Progression Award
  • Knowledge-based qualifications, such as a Higher National Certificate (HNC), a Higher National Diploma (HND) or a Foundation Degree

WHAT DO APPRENTICES LEARN?

An Apprenticeship includes the following components:

  • A knowledge based element.
  • A competence based element.
  • Transferable or Functional Skills.
  • A module on employee rights and responsibilities.
  • A module on personal learning and thinking skills

WHAT COMMITMENT DO I HAVE TO MAKE?

You will be expected to provide a supervisor to support the apprentice, regularly assess and report on their progress, and highlight any issues and actions. You must provide a structured induction within the first week and develop an Individual Learning Plan.

You will need to work with college assessors to ensure the apprentice has all the support they need, this is important as the better the support, the more you will gain from your apprentice.

IN WHICH SECTORS ARE APPRENTICESHIPS AVAILABLE?

There is a huge range of apprenticeships in Manchester that are available ranging from accountancy to bricklaying, engineering to hairdressing, business administration to digital marketing..fill out the contact form and tell us what sector you are in, and we can advise further.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

From 1st October 2014 Apprentice Minimum wage is £2.73 per hour. This rate is for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age. Typically 100% of training costs is free for 16-18 year olds and 50% of training costs is free for 19-24 year olds, but in some cases we will be able to negotiate full free training for 19+ depending on the training provider. To check the current apprenticeship minimum wage, CLICK HERE to visit the YouGov website.

WE LOVE APPRENTICESHIPS

SOME INTERESTING STATS. WE LOVE STATS TOO…

Reported Benefits

96% of apprentice employers report benefits to their business.

Improved Productivity

72% of businesses report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice.

Improving Skills

82% of employers that take on apprentices to build their internal skills capacity.

The Popular Choice

81% of consumers favour companies that employ apprentices.

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