Employing an Apprentice

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Employing an Apprentice

Apprenticeships are a great way to develop a skilled and committed workforce.

Whether recruiting new talent or upskilling your existing staff, apprenticeships offer a cost-effective method of recruitment and training and allow you to develop the employee’s skills in line with your business needs.

Apprenticeships are available across a number of industries and for many different roles. Programmes are developed in partnership with the employer offering maximum flexibility to meet your specific business needs.

Apprenticeships bring together learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practice new skills in a real work environment, resulting in a recognised qualification for the employee. The Apprentice can earn while they learn, gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role.

Apprenticeship levels

Intermediate – Level 2

Equivalent to 5 GCSE passes

Advanced – Level 3

Equivalent to 2 A Level passes

Higher – Level 4 & 5

Equivalent to foundation degree, HNC/HND or degree

Employ an Apprentice

Why employ an apprentice?

96% of employers report they have experienced at least one benefit of taking on apprentice – most can count at least 8 benefits. These include reduced staff turnover, improved employee satisfaction and motivation, reduced recruitment and training costs and a more competitive business.

Coventry College offers apprenticeships in:

  • Business
  • Childcare & Early Years
  • Computing
  • Construction Trades
  • Digital
  • Health & Social Care
  • Hospitality & Catering
  • Media & Interactive Media
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Teacher Training

Recruiting an Apprentice

Recruiting an apprentice is an investment in the future of your business.

It is a cost-effective way of harnessing new talent. It gives employers the opportunity to shape employees learning in line with their company’s values and train them in the skills necessary for success in their business.

By bringing together practical and technical learning, study and invaluable workplace experience, apprenticeships create leaders of the future.

We also offer a FREE recruitment service to help you find the best candidate for your role.

Contact our Business Development Advisors

Upskilling your team

Training existing staff increases productivity and staff loyalty.

Apprenticeships to upskill existing staff are available at a range of levels meaning you can work with the training provider to develop the perfect programme to fit the employee. Apprenticeships are available to people of all ages and are offered at a range of levels, from intermediate to degree level, meaning you can choose a programme to fit your staff.

With constant developments across all industries, it is important to continue to develop your workforce and ensure you are nurturing the skills needed to succeed and prosper. Investing in your staff in this way will motivate them and increase their productivity.

Contact our Business Development Advisors

At Coventry College, we understand that every business is different. This is why we will work in partnership with you to understand your business. Once we identify your skills gaps and business needs, we can build a bespoke, tailored programme for the role you need to fill. We have the tools and the people necessary to help your business prosper.

We will ensure you see a real return on investment and get the benefits you are looking for from an apprenticeship programme.

When you take on an apprentice through Coventry College, you will benefit from:

  • A dedicated Business Development Advisor who will act as your single point of contact throughout the process.
  • Free recruitment service which involves:
    • An initial meeting to establish your needs, requirements and understand the type of individual you are looking for
    • In partnership with you, we will develop an effective job description outlining specifications needed for the role
    • We will pre-screen candidates to ensure all individuals who are offered an interview are suitable for the role
    • Help organising interviews and liaising with candidates
  • You will have access to a talented pool of candidates ensuring you can find someone with the ideal skills-set and attitude for your business

If you’re an employer with a pay bill of more than £3 million a year, you will pay the apprenticeship levy. You will report and pay your levy to HMRC through the PAYE process. Less than 2% of UK employers pay the levy. We can help you to maximise your levy fund to meet strategic and business objectives and achieve employee and organisational ambitions.

Employers with a pay bill of less than £3 million a year do not pay the apprenticeship levy. From April 2019, the Government will pay at least 95% of the apprenticeship training and assessment costs. Employers simply need to make a 5%  cash contribution (co-investment) to the cost.

Additional payments and support are available from the government for small employers (50 employees or less) and for businesses training younger apprentices – please ask us for more information.

Apprentices must spend at least 20% of their time on off-the-job training, which must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship framework or standard.

It can be delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work, as long as it’s not part of their normal working duties. It can cover practical training such as shadowing, mentoring, industry visits and attending competitions.

We can work with you to agree how the off-the-job element of the apprenticeship will be delivered.

“Tracy (the College Assessor) has been absolutely fantastic throughout the whole process. Tracy has been professional from day one and the support she has given to ensure my two staff members have completed their qualification on time has been incredible.

Tracy is a real credit to your company and I cannot thank her enough for her efforts over the past 18 months.  It is my last day at ByBox on Friday 12th but I will be strongly recommending that my new company looks at running with an apprenticeship programme, and this is purely on the back of the fantastic experience that Tracy has provided us as a business.”

Daniel Neal
Implementation Manager
ByBox Field Support Limited

“We have been very impressed with the service you have provided – both with the promptness and speed you have dealt with any queries/requests we have had to the introduction of the calibre of applicant to meet our business needs. The professionalism and expertise shown by you and your colleagues has meant doing business with you has been uncomplicated and stress free!

Thank you.”

Kali Dosanj
Practice Manager
Bredon Avenue Doctor’s Surgery

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Apprenticeships are a great way to develop a skilled and committed workforce.

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