Why Employ an Apprentice?

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying assessment and skills development programme. It is a way for individuals to earn while they learn gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role. The apprentice gains this through a wide mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practice new skills in a real work environment. Apprenticeships benefit employers and individuals, and by boosting the skills of the workforce they help to improve economic productivity.

Why choose Alliance Learning?

Throughout the Apprenticeship you will be supported and guided by a member of our staff at Alliance Learning. We will work with you to:

  • Recruit an apprentice or support your existing staff onto the Apprenticeship scheme
  • Find you the right apprentice from our comprehensive database of students; all you have to do is interview them – saving you time and money
  • Plan and design training programmes to meet your needs
  • Provide training to support the learning which is taking place in the workplace
  • Monitor the apprentices’ progress and provide help and support
  • Ensure national quality standards

  • Benefits of Apprentices

    Apprenticeships allow you to invest in your business’s future. By taking on an apprentice you could develop specialist skills for your business that allow you to keep ahead of new technologies and competitors and this results in:

  • Better trained employees with the right skills for your business
  • Motivated and loyal workers
  • Helps you to manage and develop high quality staff
  • Improves the reputation of your business
  • Keep your competitive advantage

  • Employer Responsibilities

    • You must give your apprentices an introduction to their role and provide on the job training

    • You must work with us to identify how the programme can best meet the needs of your apprentices and the business

    • You must ensure learners gather the practical work-based experience to enable them to gain the evidence for their portfolios and to ensure that there is an adequate link between on and off the job provision training

    • You are responsible for the wages of your apprentices (minimum £4.15 per hour)

    • You must be available every 6-8 weeks to review the learners’ progress

    • You must provide a safe working environment complying with current health and safety legislation

    • Allow your apprentices 20% of their contracted hour for off the job training, this could be done through attending day release at our training centre. If you feel this would be issue, please discuss this with a member of our Apprenticeship Team who will endeavour to meet your needs. 

    • You must have a contract of employment with the apprentice to cover the duration of their apprenticeship as a minimum.

    What is the cost of an apprentice? / Is funding available?

    There are cash incentives available until January 2022 from the Government. This means businesses can receive £3,000 per new apprentice, regardless of age. These payments are in addition to the existing £1,000 incentive that is already in place when an apprentice aged 16 to 18 and those under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan. This means employers could receive up to £4,000 in total for hiring an apprentice.

    The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £4.30 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over that are in the first year of their apprenticeship.

    The training in the apprenticeship programme is either fully or partially funded:
  • 16–18 years old : training 100% funded, if the company employs less than 50 employees.
  • 19–24 : partially/fully funded (depending on the sector)
  • 24+ : Available subject to eligibility
  • Update - March 2021
    From 1st April 2021, changes will be made to the reservation of funds for employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy. This change will enable employers to recruit additional apprentices and provide them with greater flexibility and reassurance when planning their apprenticeship programmes.

    The ESFA will continue to monitor the number the number of reservations used by employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy and keep this under review. Funds transferred from employers who pay the levy to other employers through the apprenticeship service are not included when measuring the number of reservations. Employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy can reserve funds for training and assessment in the ‘finance’ section of their apprenticeship service account. They can also give training providers permission to do this on their behalf. Find Out More

    The ESFA are extending the reservation period for employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy from 3 to 6 months. This means that from 1 April 2021, these employers will be able to reserve funds up to 6 months before an apprenticeship is planned to start. This will give employers greater flexibility when planning their apprenticeship programmes and reassure them that funding for apprenticeships is available for a longer period. Find Out More

    Can my current staff do an apprenticeship?

    Yes, if you would like to up skill your current workforce, this can be done. Staff with existing job roles that match the target Apprenticeship Standard can undertake an Apprenticeship programme. All that is needed is for the employee and employer to sign up to the Apprenticeship programme with us.

    What happens next?

    If you would like more information about how to take on an apprentice or how to access Apprenticeship training, please contact our Recruitment Team on 01204 677888 or email info@alliancelearning.com.