Employers: Why invest in apprenticeship training?
Why hire an apprentice?
Are you looking for enthusiastic and talented people that you can shape and develop to help drive your business forward? If so, hiring an apprentice may be the solution! Over 130,000 businesses across the UK are now training apprentices; recognising their effectiveness at increasing productivity, improving performance and building a committed and skilled workforce.
Train existing staff!
Apprenticeships are not just for people new to a job! They can be undertaken by existing members of staff to upskill or retrain; providing an effective way to nurture and develop employees with the skills and knowledge to help your business grow and stand out from the competition.
In May 2017 the way that apprenticeships are funded is changing!
The government are pushing through major reforms to encourage employers to invest more and more in apprenticeships. The reforms will impact on all businesses involved in apprenticeship training, regardless of their size.
Key changes to apprenticeship training from May 2017
- Apprentices must have a contract of employment, be over 16 years of age (or 15 if their 16th birthday is between the last Friday in June and 31 August), and be earning at least the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices – currently £3.50 for those aged 16-18 and those over 19 years of age in the first year of their apprenticeship (April 2017)
- From May 2017 apprentices no longer have to be working for a minimum of 30 hours per week!
- From May 2017 those with a level 4 (or above) qualification are now able to undertake an apprenticeship as long as their existing qualification is in an unrelated subject.
- From May 2017 any employer taking on a new apprentice under 19 years of age will receive a £1,000 incentive!
- Apprenticeship training is fully funded by the government for those under 19 years of age (and for those aged 19-24 meeting certain eligibility criteria) for employers with less than 50 contracted employees.
- Recruit for free! The College can help you to recruit a new apprentice free of charge.
2017 apprenticeship reforms (The Apprenticeship Levy)
From May 2017, the way apprenticeships in England are funded by the government is changing for all employers. Please select which category your business falls under:
Why choose The College of Animal Welfare as a training provider?
From 1 May 2017, to deliver apprenticeship training, training providers must be on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP). All providers on the RoATP have been through a thorough application process with the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) that assessed their capability to deliver high-quality apprenticeship training – not all organisations who were previously delivering apprenticeships were successful in joining the RoATP. We are delighted that The College of Animal Welfare was successful.
Over the years we have gained a well-earned reputation for excellence; delivering quality training and education and employer support. We are dedicated to providing your apprentice with superior training based on the needs of your business. Your apprentice will benefit from:
- Support and guidance from qualified tutors or assessors with strong industry experience
- Diverse teaching, learning and assessment approaches catering for individual needs
- Access to our unique Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and extensive eLibrary resources
National Minimum Wage for Apprentices
The current national minimum wage for an apprentice aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year of their apprenticeship is £3.50 per hour (April 2017), although many employers prefer to pay more. All other apprentices are entitled to the national minimum wage for their age. Employers are no longer be required to pay employer National Insurance contributions for apprentices under the age of 25 on earnings up to the upper earnings limit.
I’m interested in apprenticeship training, how do I find out more?
Recruiting a new apprentice
If you are looking to take on a new apprentice, please contact our funding team who will advise you on the process of advertising your vacancy and assist you to recruit your apprentice. As part of the recruitment process, we can filter applications for you and even arrange your interviews if you wish!
Training existing staff
If you are looking to train existing members of staff, your employee will need to select the apprenticeship they are interested in and apply online.
If you would like to speak to anyone regarding apprenticeship training, please contact us – we will be happy to talk you through your options.