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What is an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships can be used to train and develop people in almost any business or sector. An apprenticeship is on-the-job training available to those aged 16 and over. Apprenticeships must last for at least 12 months, typically lasting between 12 to 18 months.
A key component of an apprenticeship is functional skills in English and Maths. This supports the apprentice's study ensuring they are both numerate and literate and able to study at the level of their apprenticeship and conduct their work role. Employees with prior qualifications can use their previous attainment in place of this training.
Throughout the time of the apprenticeship, an apprentice is trained and guided towards a skilled role within a business, so they gain industry knowledge and the skills required to do the job. The skills, knowledge and behaviour apprentices need to develop for a job role are defined by an apprenticeship standard. Apprentices can be new recruits or come from within your existing workforce.
Why should I employ an apprentice?
The benefits for your business
Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.
86% of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation
78% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve productivity
74% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve the quality of their product or service
Other benefits of working with apprentices include:
Adapt their training according to the needs of your business
Apprentices are motivated to learn new skills
Expand and upskill your workforce
What training courses are available?
Business Administrator Apprenticeship Standard Level 3
Customer Service Practitioner Level 2
Customer Service Specialist Level 3
Team Leader/Supervisor Level 3
Recruitment Resourcer Level 2
Recruitment Consultant Level 3
HR Support Level 3
Retailer Level 2
Retail Team Leader Level 3
Retail Manager Level 4
Supply Chain Warehouse Operative Level 2
Operation Departmental Manager Level 5
How long do the training programmes take to complete?
On average an apprenticeship can take between 13-24 months. This will be dependent upon the Apprenticeship Standard being completed and any prior knowledge.
Can the apprenticeship be tailored to our business?
Yes, we design, develop, and deliver bespoke training solutions for businesses. We adopt a partnership approach with our client when developing programme content to ensure workplace alignment.
What are the advantages of work based learning?
All of our training programmes are work-based. Training and assessment is integrated into the day-to-day activities of the employee’s job role therefore there is no need for day release. Managers and employers can actively participate in the training and assessment process whilst the employee (Learner) gains the skills and knowledge that they can then immediately apply to their work role.
We also carry out e-learning and e-portfolios, thereby giving the opportunity for learners to access their portfolio and work from anywhere.
Is the training programme carried out in work time?
Training and assessment will be carried out whilst employees are at work carrying out their normal work duties.
How much will I have to pay an apprentice?
Apprentices must be paid at least the apprentice national minimum wage for all the time they are on their apprenticeships. Please note that many employers go beyond the minimum requirements as they recognise the benefits an apprentice brings to the business and assists in staff retention.
How is the training managed?
The training is ‘Employer Responsive’, therefore we work with you, the employer, in the delivery.
We will discuss with you the appropriate training programmes to suit employees’ and your business needs.
We offer comprehensive management information to keep you up-to-date on your employees’ progress, regular 6 weekly reviews with you participating and support giving information, advice and guidance to you and your employees.
Can existing staff join an apprenticeship programme?
Yes, existing staff can join. There will be an initial skills scan for recognition of prior learning to make sure that apprentices will be learning new knowledge skills and behaviours from the apprenticeship programme.
Are there any incentives to employ an apprentice?
There are also incentives to employ 16–18 year old apprentices.
What are my responsibilities as an employer?
As a responsible employer, you will have already taken your responsibilities to your employees seriously.
Employing an apprentice is no different but it does come with some additional responsibilities that include:
Meeting employment conditions
Supply Apprentices with a Contract of Employment
Pay the minimum wage for Apprentices
Ensure adequate competent supervision
Record Apprentices’ workplace attendance
Inform Davidson Training of any unauthorised absences
Make Apprentices aware of your Equal Opportunities Policy.
Support their learning and development
Support apprentices in gaining their training qualifications
Provide appropriate on-the-job work experience and training
Ensure apprentices have enough time to achieve their training objectives
Check compliance with that the 6 hours a week off-the-job training is met
Allow reasonable access to Davidson Training staff for assessment, knowledge, and functional skills training
Take part in regular reviews of Apprentices’ progress
Get involved in reviews, Individual Learning Plan, and target setting
Comply with all relevant Health & Safety legislation
Provide a safe working environment
Deliver Health & Safety induction training
Hold current employers’ and public liability insurance and vehicle insurance where appropriate
Supply personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with statute and good occupational practice (where required)
Offer advice and guidance regarding safeguarding and prevention.
Davidson Training are experienced in supporting employers through this process and will be on hand to guide you through this process.
How do I find out more?
Call our team on 01375 480088 or email us and we can arrange for one of our team to either visit you or talk to you. We can then discuss all the options and opportunities available. Alternatively we can send out an information pack.