Apprenticeships – what are they and how can you benefit from them?
What are apprenticeships?
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!
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.
What help can Cornerstone give me?
We can help you set up an apprenticeship scheme from sourcing an appropriate course to recruitment. We can also help you access the levy. Click the below button to send us an email and we will be in touch or call Rob on 07494 161169 or Nicci on 07908 875146 for more information.
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