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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

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.

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Coventry College offers apprenticeships in:

  • Business
  • Childcare and Early Years
  • Computing
  • Construction Trades
  • Digital
  • Health and Social Care
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Media and 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.

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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

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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.

We’re grateful for the information and help that Coventry College provided us with to set Tyler Lea up on his apprenticeship.

The service and support that the College’s Sector Engagement Officer for Construction, Danielle Clare, provided was spot on and she couldn’t have handled it any better.

It seemed to be a very smooth process from start to finish.

Aden Falconer
Aden Falconer Heating & Plumbing

We have been very impressed with the service you have provided ‚Äď 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

Wickman Coventry started working with Coventry College back in 2016 when we began our Apprenticeship programme, by taking on three young people following an open day and interview process arranged by the College. We chose three bright, enthusiastic guys to represent Wickman going forward and when all three successfully finished college they continued training at Wickman to become fully trained mechanical engineers with a bit of electrical experience as well.

This last year or so has been a challenge for all, but while the college doors were closed they continued to train two apprentices online to help keep them on track. Coventry College and training staff have been a great help and we will continue working with them when we take on new apprentices.

Mark Bott
Production Manager
Wickman Coventry

Michael Culligan joined CV Life as an apprentice in September 2019. When Michael arrived, he was already very industry savvy and ahead of our expectations. He was a confident communicator and his teaching was already at the stage where he could deliver without direct supervision.

He had clearly been given an excellent platform by his tutors at college and his knowledge and understanding of school games was a real bonus for the schools he worked at. Michael hit the ground running and he slipped into the work aspect of his apprenticeship with ease.

Ever since day one Michael has been ahead of expected progress points and often, he has been well ahead.

Michael is now in prime position to progress in a full-time sports teaching post and a long and successful career.

Stuart Davoile
School Games Organiser Coventry East
CV Life

Little Swanswell Nursery has worked in partnership with Coventry College since 2012, providing work experience for learners studying Childcare/ Health and Social Care programmes.

We work with Coventry College to ensure that a learner’s time with us is beneficial for both them and the nursery.

Learners are provided with the opportunity to work with children of all ages to ensure they cover all requirements of their course.

They are expected to behave in the same way as our employees and are treated as adults in the working environment.

During the last year Coventry College and training staff have been particularly great in communicating with us, even when learners were not attending due to government guidelines, and we will continue working with them in the future.

Tasha Ullah
Little Swanswell Nursery

Find out more about employing an Apprentice

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

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