What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a programme of learning that is designed to enhance an individuals level of competency and confidence by developing their practical skills and knowledge. It can be used to upskill existing employees or to bring fresh talent into an organisation.  

apprentice-more-productiveOur experience and expertise can help employers make real improvements to businesses, by:

  • Reducing training and recruitment costs
  • Increasing productivity and their bottom line
  • Developing a skilled, motivated and qualified workforce
  • Improving customer satisfaction
  • Receiving financial return on investment

For small to medium-sized employers, our support teams provide the responsive and customer focused service needed to ensure a high-quality, tailored experience is delivered. For larger employers, our Corporate Account Managers offer continuous, dedicated and personalised support to meet the employers’ needs surrounding training and recruitment.

Funding Reforms

New funding rules have come into play and require employers to either pay into a Levy pot or pay a contribution towards training and assessments.

New Apprenticeship Standards

Under the recent government reforms of Apprenticeships, new Apprenticeship Standards will replace the old Apprenticeship Frameworks. Some of these new Standards are already available for delivery, so at present, there is a cross-over period. However, once a new Standard is in place, the outdated Framework which it replaces will be discontinued. 

It is expected that the full switchover will be complete 2020, although this date is subject to change.

Each programme will now have its own new Apprenticeship Standard linked to a specific occupational level. The new Trailblazer Apprenticeships which are defined by these new Standards are rigorous, challenging and require the apprentice to undertake a minimum of one year’s training. The new Standards are characterised by the introduction of an end-point assessment, replacing mandatory qualifications.

As part of the implementation of the government’s Apprenticeship Reforms, the way Apprenticeships are funded has changed too. They have introduced the Apprenticeship Levy, which puts employers ‘in the driving seat’ in terms of designing Apprenticeships in England.


Who is eligible?

To be eligible for Apprenticeship funding, students must:

  • Not currently be studying other state funded qualifications
  • Have a contract of employment
  • Have resided in the European Union for the last 3 years

Candidates with degree level qualifications that were previously ineligible for an Apprenticeship are now eligible under the new funding rules.

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