Page 1

Making Apprenticeships work for you

apprenticeships at wakefield college

Employer’s Guide to Apprenticeships Making Apprenticeships work for you


Apprenticeships can make your organisation more effective, productive and competitive by addressing skills gaps directly. They are designed to help your employees reach a high level of competency and performance. With over 25 different Apprenticeships available across 20 industry sectors, there’s bound to be a place for an apprentice in your organisation. Making things happen visit www.wakefield.ac.uk/apprenticeships or call 01924 789469


What is an apprentice? An apprenticeship is a programme of training delivered in college and the workplace during which the apprentice receives hands-on working experience. Apprenticeships refer to on-the-job training leading to nationally recognised qualifications, developed by industry. An apprenticeship includes a minimum of 16 hours per week paid employment. There are various levels of apprenticeships. What does it involve? An Apprenticeship includes the following components:

Apprenticeships available in: · Accounts · Beauty · Brickwork · Business Administration · Childcare · Civil Engineering · Customer Service · Dental Nursing · Driving Goods Vehicles

· A minimum of 30 hours per week paid employment. · A knowledge based element. · A competence based element. · Transferable or Key/Functional skills. · A module on employment rights and responsibilities.

· Electrical Installation

How long does it take? The length of an Apprenticeship varies depending on prior skills levels of the apprentice, the qualification being obtained and industry sector. Typically an Apprenticeship lasts for around 18 months, but can vary.

· Hospitality

· Equine Support · Fabrication & Welding · Hairdressing · Health & Social Care

How does it work? Apprentices usually start in September but some have intakes at other times during the year, after attending an interview and undertaking an initial assessment with a member of the Work Based Learning Team. Each Apprentice has a College Work Based Co-ordinator who visits them in the workplace. This is to provide support to both Apprentice and employer, and to ensure that the welfare/health and safety needs of the Apprentice are being met. How flexible are apprenticeships? They are completely flexible. Some of the training can be in the work place and other sessions are in college.

· Health · IT Technical · Joinery · Mechanical Engineering · Motorvehicle/Motorcycle Service/Body Repair · Plastering · Plumbing · Retail · Sport · Team Leading · Traffic Office · Warehouse Operations

An Employer’s Guide to Apprenticeships

3


What you need to know about taking on an apprentice “The benefits of having an apprentice are increased productivity and training someone my way. I have been his mentor throughout and it has also allowed me more time to do the administration side of the business such as answering phone calls...”

A new member of staff joins you and works with you for a minimum of 30 hours a week. You pay this person a minimum of £2.65 per hour. You also pay a set cost for their apprenticeship. This is co-funded by the Government and generally works out to a cost to you of around £10 a week. For a set period of the working week, you release the apprentice and they use that time to work with trained staff from college. During this time, they are trained in that subject area and complete a framework of skills. This generally means them coming into college and building the skills which they then take back into your business. Apprentices complete a Diploma which gives them knowledge for each vocational area.

HB Motor Cycle

4

An Employer’s Guide to Apprenticeships


What are the benefits? There are many benefits to be gained from employing an apprentice. These include: · Reducing staff turnover. · Offering a route to harness fresh new talent.  Your apprentice is with you because they want to be - they made the decision to pursue this particular career path and will therefore be more likely to be enthusiastic, motivated and loyal to your company. · You can realise increased productivity, improved competitiveness and a combined and competent workforce. · Providing local young people the chance to train, learn, earn in a work environment.

“We,re looking at an aging workforce and needed to bring new blood in to train in our ways. The apprentices have learnt things at college and brought it back to work.” Hartwell Manufacturing

· Motivating the workforce. · Avoiding skills shortages. Apprentices help you fill your skills gaps. They develop the specialist skills you need to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in your sector. · Increase competition. · Enabling staff to work towards a qualification. · Improving morale of staff. · Reducing training costs - it is said that training apprentices is more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs. · Training managers of the future. It is widely held that a high proportion of apprentices go on to management positions within their company. · Bring in fresh ideas and new ways of thinking. Over 130,000 companies offer apprentice places because they understand the benefits that apprentices bring to their business. By offering Apprenticeships you ensure that your workforce has the practical skills and qualifications your organisation needs now and in the future.

An Employer’s Guide to Apprenticeships

5


Getting the most out of your own staff “I am training as an Adult Apprentice. I ,m a full time worker, but am doing the apprenticeship as well. The Adult Apprenticeships route is a very good route to take. The apprenticeship is getting me skills and qualifications. If you can actually be in a working environment, you’re gaining all the different types of skills in the workplace...” Dean Stephenson

Why should I have my current members of staff becoming apprentices? It’s a good opportunity. With budgets often being tight, the apprenticeship route for your staff means that you get training for them for less than £10 a week. They are then upskilled in their sector, and as a result become more productive, have higher morale and produce higher quality work than similar employees. What’s the benefit for me? As an employer, you benefit from low cost, value-adding training tailored to your business requirements. You will also gain from having motivated and well trained staff with essential skills, enhanced staff morale, better employee retention rates and improved efficiency and productivity. The apprentice spends most of their time working in your premises, and will attend college-based learning. Employers use apprenticeship programmes to identify the leaders and managers of the future. The mixture of on and off-the-job learning ensures they learn the skills that work best for your business. The basics of sending your staff on an apprenticeship scheme · You agree to release your member of staff to complete an apprenticeship. · You pay a set cost for their apprenticeship. This is co-funded by the Government and generally works out to a cost to you of around £10 a week. · During this time, they are trained in that subject area and complete a framework of skills. · For a set period of the working week, you release the apprentice and they use that time to work with trained staff from college. During this time, they are trained in that subject area and complete a framework of skills. · This generally means them coming into college and building the skills which they then take back into your business. · Apprentices complete a technical certificate which gives them knowledge for each vocational area. · There are various types of apprenticeships at various levels. For more information contact the apprenticeship office and receive personal guidance.

6

An Employer’s Guide to Apprenticeships


Frequently Asked Questions From Employers Why should I take on an apprentice? Because it makes good business sense. Today, more than 100,000 employers are using apprenticeships to improve their business performance. · Apprenticeship schemes are developed to meet the needs of employers · There’s a clear return on investment and a chance to upskill your workforce. · You have a member of staff who learns skills from you and is trained cost effectively · The government contributes to the cost of the training, saving you money · It motivates and improves the confidence of current employees · Apprenticeships indirectly increase productivity and improve retention Who is eligible? Apprenticeship programmes are available to anyone aged 16 and over and are available to both new and existing employees. You can either choose to recruit an apprentice, or place an existing employee on the programme. Exemptions do apply to a minority of applicants but by calling our department we will be able to advise.

What support is there from Wakefield College? As well as helping with the recruitment process we help and support you from start to finish. When you take on an apprentice, we appoint an account mentor to become your key point of contact with the college. The mentor works with you to follow the progress of the apprentice and is available to you should any issues arise. · Full assistance and support with recruitment, selection and assessments of candidates · Regular visits for updates on attendance and progress · Delivery of a Diploma, Functional Skills, NVQ assessment and portfolio guidance. How do I recruit an apprentice? Firstly we need to discuss your specific training requirements and business needs. From here we can work with you to find the most suitable applicant, or assess the ability of an existing employee. We then help you with the whole process; whether it is screening existing employees or assisting with interview procedures, through to selection.

What will it cost me? Apprenticeships are about working together. You are responsible for paying your apprentice a wage, the current minimum amount for apprenticeships is £2.65 per hour. For anyone up to the age of 19, the apprenticeship is funded by the government. After this, we ask for a small contribution from the employer (approx £10 a week). You will need to provide on the job training support and a safe working environment, contribute towards your apprentice’s reviews and allow them time off to attend college.

An Employer’s Guide to Apprenticeships

7


apprenticeships at wakefield college

Making Apprenticeships work for you visit www.wakefield.ac.uk/apprenticeships or call 01924 789469 or email apprenticeships@wakefield.ac.uk

wakefieldcollege


Employer’s Guide to Apprenticeships  

The Wakefield College employer’s guide to Apprenticeships.

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you