Apprenticeships - what are they and how can you benefit from them?

When you think of apprenticeships, you probably automatically think of school leavers trying to get qualified in a trade. But that has all changed! In April 2017, the UK Government introduced the Apprenticeships Levy as a way of promoting a new wave of apprentice recruitment. This now includes experienced employees who can gain professional qualifications via the Levy. So apprenticeship schemes may be for you!

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How do I pay for apprenticeships?

Did you know that if you have a UK wage bill of under £3 million, you only pay 5% of the cost of the course fees with the Government picking up the balance? So you can access high quality training at a fraction of the price!

Can the levy only be accessed when I recruit a new apprentice?

No! The levy can be used for putting existing employees through accredited training as well as new recruits! So whether you wish to upskill your existing employees or recruit new talent, you can take advantage of the apprentice levy! As long as there is a recognised apprenticeships course, you can access it.

Does an apprentice have to be a school leaver?

There is no age limit on apprentices. As long as you pay the appropriate minimum or living wage for the age of your apprentice, you can access the levy.

Will this mean I need to commit a lot of time to training?

20% of all your apprentices time has to be dedicated to learning but this also includes all on the job learning, inductions and so on. We will work with you to ensure that the programme is achievable. This will allow your apprentice to receive great quality training whilst you can also deliver what your business needs.

How can Cornerstone Resources help me with apprenticeships?

We can help you set up an apprenticeship scheme from sourcing an appropriate course to the recruitment of the apprentice themselves. We can also help you access the levy. 

Who are Cornerstone Resources?

Based in South Manchester, Cornerstone Resources offer a complete HR service to businesses, charities and churches. With over 40 years combined experience in HR, we can offer you an enviable combination of professional expertise and a service based on integrity and honesty. Best of all, we can save you time and money. 

For more information on our offering, including cost effective Outsourced HR support, click here. For a no obligation quote, call Nicci today on 07908 875146 or Rob on 07494 161169. Alternatively, complete the below form and we will come back to you.

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