Apprenticeships :dummies guide

Apprenticeships are the next generation equivalent of the graduate recruitment scheme. More and more apprentices are being taken into businesses [ especially niche skill ] as a commercially sound alternative to graduates with no “working experience”.

It’s not just academic achievement businesses need, they need to know about people skills, team work, administrative ability, IT skills and commitment. No academic certificate tells you anything about those … Academic prowess is important; but not for every job in Britain.

If you are thinking of recruiting and have enough middle and senior management , a junior member of the team might the right answer for a number of reasons:

  • Train them in your processes and policies
  • Benefit from your own investment /talent development as apprentices often become long term employees per the stats on apprenticeships retention over 5 years plus
  • It’s not only for 16 year olds…….this is probably a surprise … read on!

The key metrics are :

  • Apprentices aged 16-18 the minimum wage you must pay them is currently £4.00 per hour
  • Apprentices aged 18-20 that hourly wage rises to £5.55 per hour
  • Apprentices aged 21> £6.95 per hour
  • 20 days paid leave as a minimum [plus public holidays]
  • Training can be provided on or off site dependant on geography
  • Levels 2 and 3 NVQ are available
  • Subsidies are aimed at paying for all training costs
  • Some [ limited ] subsidies are payable to the employer but that stops very soon
  • Apprentice support from government is scarce over 25 years of age ; other schemes such a retraining is for older candidates , career changers and so on..

Minimum wage is exactly that and not all companies pay this level ,many pay above. Your choice.

Until April 2017 a subsidy of £1500 per apprentice is available in some circumstances. Contact the government apprentice hotline to find out if you are one of those industries/counties?

https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

One training provider servicing cheshire and the north are Martec ;

 

Screen Shot 2017-02-10 at 17.07.56http://www.martectraining.co.uk

The Government helpline will introduce you to training agencies if you don’t have a preferred local college or provider.

So before you head to recruitment agencies , websites and advertising ; consider growing your own talent pool .. well worth the investment medium term.

Carol

Apprenticeships :dummies guide

Apprenticeships are the next generation equivalent of the graduate recruitment scheme. More and more apprentices are being taken into businesses [ especially niche skill ] as a commercially sound alternative to graduates with no “working experience”.

It’s not just academic achievement businesses need, they need to know about people skills, team work, administrative ability, IT skills and commitment. No academic certificate tells you anything about those … Academic prowess is important; but not for every job in Britain.

If you are thinking of recruiting and have enough middle and senior management , a junior member of the team might the right answer for a number of reasons:

  • Train them in your processes and policies
  • Benefit from your own investment /talent development as apprentices often become long term employees per the stats on apprenticeships retention over 5 years plus
  • It’s not only for 16 year olds…….this is probably a surprise … read on!

The key metrics are :

  • Apprentices aged 16-18 the minimum wage you must pay them is currently £4.00 per hour
  • Apprentices aged 18-20 that hourly wage rises to £5.55 per hour
  • Apprentices aged 21> £6.95 per hour
  • 20 days paid leave as a minimum [plus public holidays]
  • Training can be provided on or off site dependant on geography
  • Levels 2 and 3 NVQ are available
  • Subsidies are aimed at paying for all training costs
  • Some [ limited ] subsidies are payable to the employer but that stops very soon
  • Apprentice support from government is scarce over 25 years of age ; other schemes such a retraining is for older candidates , career changers and so on..

Minimum wage is exactly that and not all companies pay this level ,many pay above. Your choice.

Until April 2017 a subsidy of £1500 per apprentice is available in some circumstances. Contact the government apprentice hotline to find out if you are one of those industries/counties?

https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

One training provider servicing cheshire and the north are Martec ;

 

Screen Shot 2017-02-10 at 17.07.56http://www.martectraining.co.uk

The Government helpline will introduce you to training agencies if you don’t have a preferred local college or provider.

So before you head to recruitment agencies , websites and advertising ; consider growing your own talent pool .. well worth the investment medium term.

Carol

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