Apprenticeships – The Facts
What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships refer to work-based, on-the-job training and you can use them to train both new and existing employees. Apprenticeships lead to nationally recognised qualifications, developed by industry experts. They’ll help employees gain practical skills in the process.
How does it work?
An Apprenticeship requires a minimum of 16 hours per week paid employment … however, it is anticipated that all employed apprentices will be engaged in working and learning for a minimum of 30 hours per week.
An Apprenticeship framework includes:
• A knowledge based element
• A competence based element
• Functional or key skills
What will I, the employer, have to do?
• Give your apprentice an induction into their role and provide on-the-job training
• Pay their salary – the National Minimum Wage rate is £2.60 per hour
• Treat the apprentice in the same way as other permanent employees
How much will it cost?
• All training costs are covered by government funding
• An apprentice can do a number of Apprenticeships as long as they’re relevant to their career meaning that great value training doesn’t have to finish after Year one or two!
Is there a lot of paperwork?
No! The apprentice will need to complete the application form and an initial assessment and you, the employer, will only need to add your signature to the ‘sign-up’ paperwork.
Who is eligible?
Apprenticeship programmes are available to anyone aged 16 and over. They are also available to both new and existing employees. You can either choose to recruit an apprentice, or place an existing employee on the programme.
Are you currently looking for an Apprentice to train in the workplace?
Blackburn College works with hundreds of employers across the region to help them find the right apprentice. If you would like us to advertise a vacancy at your work, please contact our training hotline on 01254 292500.
How do I recruit an apprentice?
Employers can recruit an apprentice directly through Blackburn College. Alternatively, if you have an existing member of staff who you feel could succeed as an apprentice, call us and we can assess the skills and ability level to ensure your employee enrols on the most suitable programme.
Need more information?
Call 01254 292500
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