retail apprenticeship, kingston maurward collegeApprenticeships can make your organisation more effective, productive and competitive by addressing your skills gaps directly. Kingston Maurward has many years of experience helping local businesses across various industries by offering a route to channel fresh talent.

They are designed to help your employees reach a high level of competency and performance.

Kingston Maurward College offers over 20 different Apprenticeship frameworks available across 8 different industry sectors. With this choice, there’s bound to be a place for an apprentice in your organisation.

This section provides helpful information on why Apprenticeships could be right for you or visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk/employers for more general details.

farming apprenticeship, agriculture apprenticeship, kingston maurward college, information for employersUK businesses consider skills shortages and recruitment difficulties a bigger threat to performance than soaring oil prices and declining consumer spending, and more than a quarter of these rate this form of vocational training higher than any other qualification (www.apprenticeships.org.uk 2009).

Apprenticeships have the benefit of providing your workforce with the practical skills and qualifications that your organisation needs to flourish both now and in the future.

Improve your productivity

Because apprentices receive relevant training and work while they learn, they can have an immediate effect and make a real and more meaningful contribution to your business. As Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes, most of the training is ‘on the job’ – at your premises.

Want to check out an idea on your return on investment from hiring an Apprentice? Use this handy ROI calculator.

Motivate your workforce

Apprenticeships are available to both new and current employees. New employees feel supported and able to develop in their new role, and the extra responsibility for current employees makes them feel more valued and easier to retain in the long term.

Give them relevant training

Apprenticeships provide your workforce with expertise that’s not only specific to your industry, but also directly relevant to your business. They are designed around your business needs by industry specialists who genuinely understand what you do.

As the employer you must give your apprentices an induction into their role and provide on-the-job training. You are also responsible for paying your apprentices’ wage.

Avoid skills shortages

Change and innovation are always with us. New advances are constantly challenging us to keep pace or catch up. Apprenticeships can help your workforce master the latest techniques to fill the skills gaps you have and insure against those that are likely to arise.

By taking on apprentices, you develop the specialist skills you need to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in your sector.

Our role

We will provide a Work-based Learning Co-ordinator who is a specialist in your industry and will be able to support and guide you.

They will work with you to:

  • help you decide which Apprenticeship is right for you;
  • explain the way that Apprenticeships might work for you and if funding is available;
  • agree a training plan with your apprentice;
  • recruit an apprentice or support your existing staff into Apprenticeships;
  • manage the training and evaluation; and
  • ensure that national quality standards are met and deliver integrated, coherent training

How much does it cost?

Apprenticeships are free to those under the age of 19 and there is a reasonable charge to employers for anyone 19 or over.

Employers will be expected to pay their Apprentice a minimum wage except for Agriculture which comes under the Agriculture wage board. Find out the latest rates by visiting www.apprenticeships.org.uk

Funding

Apprenticeship funding is available from the National Apprenticeship Service. The size of the contribution varies depending on your sector and the age of the candidate.

If the apprentice is aged 16–18 years old, you will receive 100 per cent of the cost of the training; if they are 19-24 years old, you will receive up to 50 per cent; if they are 25 years old or over you may only get a contribution depending on the sector and area in which you operate.

The AGE 16 to 24 is aimed at helping eligible employers to offer young people employment through the Apprenticeship programme, by providing wage grants to assist them in recruiting their first apprentice.

Age of apprentice Proportion of funding available for training
16 – 18 100% of course fees
19 – 24 Up to 50% of course fees
24 + A contribution to the cost of the training if the
apprentice is aged 24 or older.

Do I receive any monetary incentive to take on an apprentice?

All off-job training costs are subsidised in full, or in part, by the National Apprenticeship Service depending on the age of the apprentice. You will have to pay the apprentice a wage. Businesses with less than 1000 employees who have not enrolled an apprentice in the previous 12 months can apply for the AGE grant.

 

Age of apprentice Proportion of funding available for training
16 – 18 100% of course fees
19 – 24 Up to 50% of course fees
24 + A contribution to the cost of the training if the
apprentice is aged 24 or older.

Employer Incentive (AGE 16 to 24)

Businesses can apply for a grant to grow their business by employing an Apprentice.

AGE 16 to 24 has already helped thousands of employers to employ apprentices aged between 16 and 24. Available until 31 December 2014, subject to eligibility and availability, The National Apprenticeship Service will provide employers with an individual value of £1,500. Employers can be paid ten grants in total.

AGE 16 to 24 targets employers with less than 1000 employees, who are new to Apprenticeships or haven’t enrolled a new recruit or existing employee onto an Apprenticeship programme in the previous 12 months.

For more information and the latest factsheet visit here.