What Apprenticeships can do for you

retail apprenticeship, kingston maurward collegeKingston Maurward College has many years of experience helping local businesses across various industries by offering a route to channel fresh talent through taking on one of our keen apprentices.

Kingston Maurward College offers over 20 different Apprenticeship available across 8 different industry sectors. With this choice, there’s bound to be a place for an apprentice in your organisation. Apprenticeships have the benefit of providing your workforce with the practical skills that your organisation needs to flourish both now and in the future whilst gaining a qualification which will benefit them.

Benefits of employing an Apprentice

Improve 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.

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 shortage

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.

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Employing an Apprentice

For more information on hiring an apprentice from costs to apprenticeship agreements visit www.gov.uk/take-on-an-apprentice.

Employer’s Guide to Apprenticeships –  explains about Grants, Recruitment, Support & Training.

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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

Apprenticeship Wage

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.gov.uk/take-on-an-apprentice/pay-and-conditions-for-apprentices

Funding

You can get help from the government to pay for apprenticeship training.

The amount you get depends on whether you pay the apprenticeship levy.

If you are a non levy payer with less than 50 employees and your apprentice is aged 16-18 years old, you will receive 100% of the cost of the training.

For more information visit www.gov.uk/take-on-an-apprentice/get-funding

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

You will be entitled to £1000 incentive payment for recruiting a 16-18 year old apprentice or 19-24 year old apprentice with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). This will be paid to you in two instalments by your training provider – £500 after 3months and £500 after 12 months.

Testimonial: Apprenticeship from an Employer's Perspective

Click here to read a testimonial from Chris Moyse of Blueberry Wealth Limited.