Apprenticeship

An Apprenticeship is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some nationally recognised qualifications as you go. Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete and cover 1500 job roles in a wide range of industries, from things like engineering to finance advice, veterinary nursing to accountancy.

Key Facts

As an employee, you can earn as you learn and gain practical skills from the workplace. The scheme gives learners in the 16-18 or 19+ age categories, the chance to sample a real work environment whilst learning.

Apprentices are supported by both our recruitment and delivery teams who provide a comprehensive individual Information, Advice and Guidance including pre-screening and advice on interview skills, we closely match your objectives to the right role. Tutors and Assessors provide bespoke training at your workplace and assess the practical work skills and knowledge.

You can request our admin team for Apprenticeship Handbook which has more details about being an Apprentice. To apply for our Apprenticeships, please contact our recruitment team on 02033711041.

 

Minimum Wage Rates from 1 April 2020

Apprentice Wages:
Year 25 and Over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
2020 £8.72 £8.20 £6.45 £4.55 £4.15

What are the benefits?

  • Kick start your Career
  • Gain a recognised qualification (RCF)
  • Learn at a pace suited to you with the support of a mentor
  • Get bespoke training and assessment at your workplace
  • Earn as you learn (Apprentice Minimum Wage of £3.90 per hour)
  • Paid holiday
  • Gain valuable work experience in your job role and sector
  • Excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace

What qualifications can I do?

The qualification that you will do depends very much on your interests, choice of careers or duties you carry out in the workplace. Our recruitment team will liaise with both you and your employer to ensure a selection of suitable qualifications are made available and with guidance and advice, you can then review these and decide which you would like to complete.

Does my qualification require me to take any exams?

Some of these qualifications may need you to take an exam, these will be organised with your needs in mind.

What are progression routes after completing the apprenticeship?

  • Securing permanent or part-time employment with your current apprenticeship employer
  • Moving on to advanced or higher Level apprenticeship programmes
  • Some courses can carry UCAS points enabling you to move on to university.

When can I start?

You can start an apprenticeship programme at any time of the year, although this is dependent on the employer with whom you are securing your apprenticeship job. You can apply for our Apprenticeship vacancies soon.

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Apprenticeship – For Learners

What are the benefits?

  • Kick start your Career
  • Gain a recognised qualification (RCF)
  • Learn at a pace suited to you with the support of a mentor
  • Get bespoke training and assessment at your workplace
  • Earn as you learn (Apprentice Minimum Wage of £3.90 per hour)
  • Paid holiday
  • Gain valuable work experience in your job role and sector
  • Excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace

Minimum Wage Rates from 1 April 2020

Apprentice Wages:
Year 25 and Over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
2020 £8.72 £8.20 £6.45 £4.55 £4.15

 

What qualifications can I do?

The qualification that you will do depends very much on your interests, choice of careers or duties you carry out in the workplace. Our recruitment team will liaise with both you and your employer to ensure a selection of suitable qualifications are made available and with guidance and advice, you can then review these and decide which you would like to complete.

Does my qualification require me to take any exams?

Some of these qualifications may need you to take an exam, these will be organised with your needs in mind.

What are progression routes after completing the apprenticeship?

  • Securing permanent or part-time employment with your current apprenticeship employer
  • Moving on to advanced or higher Level apprenticeship programmes
  • Some courses can carry UCAS points enabling you to move on to university.

When can I start?

You can start an apprenticeship programme at any time of the year, although this is dependent on the employer with whom you are securing your apprenticeship job. You can apply for our Apprenticeship vacancies soon.

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Apprenticeship – For Employers

We pride ourselves on providing quality training which meets learner and employer needs. Whichever course is right for you we will offer knowledge, guidance and support that is accessible and designed around your individual needs to provide a positive training experience.

What we can offer to you and your staff?

  • Free Information, Advice and Guidance
  • Free recruitment services
  • High-quality training sessions
  • Bespoke delivery
  • Innovative learning system
  • Regular meetings to discuss the progress of the apprentice

Who will pay for my apprentice training?

We use funding from the ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) and is separated into levy and non-levy funding.

Levy Funding

As part of the governmental changes to apprenticeship funding in the UK, if you are a UK employer within an annual payroll of £3million or more, you have to pay a levy which is 0.5% of your annual pay bill.  This money can then only be used for apprenticeship training and assessment in your business.

Non-Levy Funding

If you are not Levy The co-investment rate has changed for new apprenticeships starting on or after 1 April 2019. You will now pay 5% of the cost of apprenticeship training. The government will pay the rest (95%) up to the funding band maximum.

FAQs

Apprenticeships – FAQS

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships refer to on-the-job training leading to nationally-recognised qualifications, developed by industry. In short – it is a work and study at the same time where you get paid and qualification at the same time.

Who can do an Apprenticeship?

Anyone in England aged 16 years old and above, whether employed, unemployed or leaving school. There is no upper age limit. There are no formal qualifications needed to do an apprenticeship however some employers may ask for GCSEs (A-C/ 9-4) in English and Maths, but if you don’t have that, we can help you to achieve it prior.

How much will I earn?

If you are under 19 you must be paid at least the Apprenticeship Minimum Wage which is £4.15 from April 2020.

If you are 19 and above or completed the first year of apprenticeship, the employer should follow National Minimum Wage standards.

All apprentices are employed and have a contract of employment. You are counted as a regular employee so get all the benefits such as holiday and sick leave as well.

What qualification will I gain?

During your apprenticeship programme, you will get nationally recognised qualifications depending on the programme you have chosen to complete. This is accredited by relevant industry regulatory bodies and will help further you in your chosen career. Furthermore, if you did not have a chance to PASS your GCSE’s, you will have this opportunity to complete relevant English and Maths qualifications during your apprenticeship programme.

How do I apply?

Give us a call on 02033711041 or email recruitment@ictc.education including your CV and mention that you would like to apply for an apprenticeship. We will get in touch with you and will guide you through the application process. Alternatively, visit us in our office and we will provide you with all the required information.

How long does an Apprenticeship last?

The duration of an apprenticeship depends on the course being followed and the ability of the individual apprentice, but it will be definitely at least 12 months programme.  

An apprenticeship can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of apprenticeship and your own pace of learning.

For example, an Intermediate Level 2 apprenticeship usually takes around 12 to 18 months and an advanced Level 3 apprenticeship around 18-24 months.

How is training delivered?

The apprenticeship is a work-based qualification, which means that all of the training and assessment for the apprenticeship will be completed on-site. You will have to attend training sessions with us at least once a week and the rest of the days you will be working.

You will have to complete portfolio, which means that your tutor will collect required evidence to assess your knowledge and competency and regular verifications will take place to ensure the quality of it.

If you are completing a Standard towards the end of your apprenticeship you will have a meeting with your training and manager to determine whether you are ready for your End Point Assessment (EPA). The EPA is completed to assess the knowledge, skills and behaviours that you have learnt throughout the apprenticeship. You will practice parts of the EPA assessment throughout the apprenticeship and you will only take the final assessment when you feel ready. The content of the EPA will vary, depending on the course you are completing.

What types of apprenticeship are available?

There are three levels of Apprenticeship:

Level 2 Apprenticeship (equivalent to five A* GCSEs)

Level 3 Apprenticeship (equivalent to two A-Levels)

Level 4, 5 and 6: Higher Apprenticeship (Foundation degree level)

What do I do when I’ve finished?

There are many options and all will depend on you and the company you are working in. You could get full time or part-time job within, move to the higher-level apprenticeship or alternatively – apply for university.

FAQs

Apprenticeships FAQS – during COVID-19 pandemic

Is Apprenticeships training continuing during COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes definitely!

IC Training Centre is committed to maintaining training and individual support which is flexible to employer and employee needs during the crisis.

We are doing this through online learning, live training webinars, training videos and individual support.

What if the employee is working from home?

Our trainers will make contact with apprentices and continue their training through our flexible online learning and 1-2-1 support.

What if I have redeployed the employee during the crisis, or they are unwell?

We can be flexible so please contact us to discuss.

Our aim is to help every employee to continue with their apprenticeship training during the COVID-19 crisis.

A four-week break can be arranged if necessary, and the apprentice can continue their programme later. In the first instance, please contact us to discuss.

How does online Apprenticeship training work?

We are providing packages of online learning which are flexible and individual to each employee and include:

  • High quality live training sessions delivered by our trainers. Please contact us for the session time-table.
  • 1-2-1 learner support from trainers using telephone and video calls
Do apprentices need to be put on a break in learning if away from the workplace or furloughed?

Absolutely not! Continued participation in learning progression is actively encouraged by the government and all advisory bodies and can be supported fully by our live remote learning and distance learning resources. At IC Training Centre we have everything in place to ensure apprentices’ continued development is as seamless as possible.

Should we continue paying the Apprenticeship Levy?

Yes. The Government guidelines state that this should continue to be paid as usual.

What if the employee has been furloughed? Can their apprenticeship continue?

Yes definitely! Furlough rules allow apprenticeship training to continue during the furlough period.

The furlough period is a good opportunity for employees to continue their professional development.

Our trainers are contacting apprentices and continuing their training through our flexible online learning and 1-2-1 support.

FAQs

Apprenticeships – Employer Questions

Are Apprenticeships only applicable for new recruits?

No, if you have existing staff who is over 16 and needs upskilling or gaining relevant qualifications, they can join the apprenticeship programme too.

Where can I find apprentices?

As an employer, you can create an account for FREE by using Employer Apprenticeship Service (https://accounts.manage-apprenticeships.service.gov.uk/service/index?) and promote your vacancy. People who are interested, they apply and you follow your HR process. More guidance on how to use your Apprenticeship services, find here (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/manage-apprenticeship-funds).

Alternatively, please give us a call on 02033711041 or email info@ictc.education and we will guide you through the process.

Is there a limit to the number of apprentices an employer can have?

No – employers can take on as many apprentices as they can support.

What support do I need to provide to an Apprentice?

Apprentice is your employee, so you should support your employee as much as you can and need. As your employee, the Apprentice will follow your normal HR policies and procedures and require access to the normal company induction and line management structures. Apprentice will have to work on tasks given by their assessor and will need to attend weekly classes at our training centre, so as an employer, you should ensure that this is not disrupted. It’s also important that your Apprentice receives regular feedback from their line manager, in order for them to improve and implement their skills effectively in the workplace.

How long does an Apprenticeship typically last?

This depends on the level of the Apprenticeship and any additional support that is needed for each person. Typically, apprenticeship lasts a minimum of 12 months and higher degree apprenticeships can last around 24 months. The table below shows the average duration of apprenticeship according to the level:

Apprenticeship Level Average duration
Level 2 Apprenticeships (equivalent to five A* GCSEs) 12 – 18 months
Level 3 Apprenticeships (equivalent to two A-Levels) 15 – 24 months
Level 4, 5 or 6 (Equivalent to foundation degree) 18 – 24 months

 

What is the wage rate for an Apprentice?

All apprentices are your employees, so they have to have a contract of employment for at least 30 hours per week. An Apprentice Wage Rate of £4.15 (as per April 2020) per hour applies to all Apprentices under 19 years of age and for those over 19 years who are in their first year of learning. Apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed the first year of their Apprenticeship. If your current staff became apprentice – their wage cannot go lower than you actually agreed in their employment contract. Please follow https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates for more information.

How do I access the Levy funding?

If you’re an employer with a payroll of over £3 million per year you will now be paying the apprenticeship levy. The funds will sit in a digital apprenticeship service account and can only be used towards apprenticeship training and assessment.

ICTC team can help you make the most of your apprenticeship levy by helping you invest in the right areas of your business resulting in a real return on investment. Whether you’re looking to develop existing staff or attract new talent, there are plenty of ways we can make the levy work for you.

Working in partnership we can help you identify skills gaps and additional training needs as well as tailor apprenticeship programmes to ensure they meet the unique needs of your business.

For expert advice, contact our team.

How often do apprentices attend college or training sessions?

It will all depend on the programme apprentice is doing. Usually, at IC Training Centre we have weekly sessions that apprentice must attend. However, we can also arrange block learnings if that suits your organisation better.

We are also committed to supporting our employer partners and apprentices at this difficult time.  We have introduced a number of measures to ensure our learners continue to receive training and support and can continue with their learning. Contact us for more information.

What counts as your pay roll?

Your payroll is based on the total amount of earnings subject to Class 1 secondary NICs. Earnings include any remuneration coming from employment, such as wages, bonuses, commissions and pension contributions that you pay NICs on but not benefits in kind.

How much is the Apprenticeship Levy?

The Apprenticeship Levy is set at 0.5% of your total payroll and is collected monthly via PAYE. There is a £15,000 fixed annual allowance that employers can offset against their levy payments.

The levy allowance operates on a monthly basis and accumulates over the year. This means you have an allowance of £1,250 a month. Any unused allowance is carried over from one month to the next.

EXAMPLE: Calculating what you have to pay

An employer with an annual wage bill of £5m

Levy sum: 0.5% of £5,000,000 = £25,000

Offset allowance of £15,000 (£25,000-£15,000) = £10,000

Annual levy payment = £10,000 (£833.33 per month)

Do levy funds run out?

Yes, Levy funds will expire 24 months after they enter your digital account unless you spend them on Apprenticeship training. For example, funds that entered your account in July 2018 will expire in July 2020. If you don’t use them, you will lose them. The account works on a first-in, first-out basis. Whenever a payment is taken from your digital account it automatically uses the funds that entered your account first.

What happens if an employer’s levy funds don’t cover the full cost of training?

If an employer pays the Apprenticeship Levy but their funds don’t cover the full cost of the Apprenticeship training they would like to buy, then additional support is available.

The government will pay 95% of the additional costs (up to the maximum of the relevant funding band) – with you as the employer ‘co-investing’ 5%.

EXAMPLE

Employer with a levy pot of £35,000 takes on five apprentices

Agreed cost = £9,000 each

Total Apprenticeship spend = £45,000

Shortfall = £10,000

Government pays 95% = £9,600

Employer pays 10% = £500

Total spend by employer = £35,500 (£35,000 + £500)

Total contribution from government = £9,500

If I don’t pay the Levy can I still access funding for Apprenticeships?

If your business or organisation has an annual wage bill of less than £3m then you do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy.

SMEs co-fund their Apprenticeship training, currently paying just 5% (with the rest paid for by the Government). This is managed through the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) online account.

Speak to us for advice and guidance on co-investment and the additional financial incentives available. These include an extra £1,000 for recruiting a 16-18-year-old apprentice or a 19-24-year-old apprentice with additional learning needs or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.

If you have less than 50 employees, then the Government meets the full cost of Apprenticeship training for those aged 18 and under. For employees aged over 19, they will pay for 95% of Apprenticeships training, with the employer co-investing 5%.

To find out how our bespoke approach can help your business, please contact us today.

Where can I find additional information?

Additional information is available direct from the Department for Education’s website: www.gov.uk. Alternatively, contact us on 02033711041 or email info@ictc.education and we will provide you as much information and guidance as we can.

Why would I want to take on an apprentice?

There are a lot of good reasons why should you hire an apprentice:

  • New innovative ideas to your business
  • Maximise staff potential
  • Diverse community
  • More productive work as you have trained apprentices according to your organisation’s need
  • Reducing skills shortages
  • Reducing staff turnover
What is the role of learning providers?

A learning provider is usually a local college or specialist training organisation responsible for an apprentice’s off-the-job training. So, when you take an apprentice, we as a training provider, will deliver knowledge-based sessions to them and assess their skills, knowledge and behaviour according to the industry standards.

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