An apprentice is a full-time member of your workforce who combines on the job training, supplied by you, with college attendance; they study towards nationally recognised qualifications that are specific to your business needs. Apprentices are usually school leavers. However, you can put an employee of any age onto an apprenticeship.
By combining learning and training through a mixture of on and off the job training, apprentices develop the skills and knowledge your business needs whilst gaining essential industry qualifications and accreditations. All apprenticeships include the following elements;
- An appropriate work-based qualifications
- Either key skills or functional skills
- A technical qualifications relevant to the specific apprenticeship
- Other qualifications or requirements as specified by the occupation or employer
Employers across different sectors in UK are talking about the value they have got from introducing new talent into their business through the Apprenticeship Programme. Watch the video below to discover more about the experiences of local companies and their new workforce and find out how you too could benefit from hiring an apprentice.
What are the advantages?
There are many other benefits that your business can realise from and apprenticeship with South & City College Birmingham, such as:
Improving your bottom line
Apprenticeships deliver real returns to your bottom line, help to improve productivity and provide competitive advantage. Training apprentices can also be more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs.
Filling your skills gaps
Apprenticeships deliver skills designed around your business needs providing the skilled workers you need for the future. They also help you develop the skills needed to keep pace with that latest technology and working practices in your sector.
Motivating your workforce
Apprentices tend to be eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invests in them. An apprentice is with you because they want to be; they have made an active choice to learn on the job and commit to a specific career.
Your apprentice will be taught and assessed to industry standards by tutors that have gained valuable experience in a range of business sectors.
We can help with advertising your vacancies, interviewing and selecting the perfect apprentice, and can even provide any initial training needs such as health and safety courses, free of charge.
When you hire an apprentice we will provide you with a dedicated consultant who will complete all the relevant paperwork and introduce you to your apprentice's assessor and trainer.
Alongside this, wages for new apprentices start from £2.65 per hour, meaning that apprenticeships can play a vital role in your recruitment strategy. This wage applies to all 16 to 18 year olds and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of an apprenticeship.
Adult apprenticeships may attract funding and this can be discussed with you.
Apprenticeship Grant for Employers
Employers can receive up to £1,500 on completion of 13 weeks and can claim up to 10 grants each.
Recent changes allow this grant to be offered to a much broader group of employers. As an employer you're now eligible if your number of employees is 1000 or below (increased from 250) and if you have not had an apprentice within the last 12 months (previously 3 years).
For information don't hesitate to contact business services.