- What are apprenticeships?
- An apprenticeship is a way for anyone in employment aged 16 or over to gain new skills and qualifications whilst working. Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.
With the fight for talent becoming more and more difficult what better way is there than to develop your own. Accessing apprenticeship funding and training to support your existing staff is a fantastic way to add new skills and boost motivation and retention.
Today Employers can use funds in their digital account or access government co-investment support to train any eligible individual to undertake an apprenticeship at a higher level than a qualification they already hold, including a previous apprenticeship.
The apprenticeship must be linked to their job, the learning must be materially different to any qualifications they already hold and you must evidence that the apprenticeship is supporting the apprentice to acquire new skills and knowledge.
The end-point assessment is separate to any qualifications or other assessment that the apprentice may undertake during training. The apprentice will not be able to achieve the apprenticeship without passing the end-point assessment. The assessment should include a minimum of two different assessment methods. End point assessments give assurance that the apprentice possesses the knowledge, skills and behaviours to be fully competent in the occupation. End point assessments are undertaken by an independent third party who has had not been involved in the training or line management of the apprentice, and who is on the Register of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations.
- How long do they take?
- By embracing a modular approach with Skills4Stem, you can gain a qualification anywhere between 12 months and 24 months depending on the course you take.
- Who are they for?
- Apprenticeships are suitable for both new employees as well as for existing staff. Even those who already hold a degree can benefit from accessing apprenticeship funding to gain new skills.
- A unique way to learn
- Most of the training is on-the-job at an employer’s premises, working with a mentor to learn job-specific skills in the workplace. Off-the-job training is provided by Skills4Stem and may be delivered through a blended approach including day release, block release and online/remote learning.
Levy and non-levy payers
- Levy Payers
- The apprenticeship levy only affects organisations with a pay bill of more than £3m. It is calculated based on the total annual UK pay bill and the percentage of employees living in England. The vast majority of employers will not be eligible to pay the levy and these employers will continue to benefit from generous government support to pay for apprenticeship training.
- Non-Levy Payers
- Employers who do not pay the levy, and those who want to invest more in training than they have available in their digital accounts, benefit from significant government funding to support their commitment to apprenticeships. Non-Levy paying employers will make a financial contribution called ‘co-investment’. This is calculated based on the government investing 95% of the cost of the apprenticeship training and the employer investing 5%.