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Apprenticeships: A Guide for Employers

CMS Vocational Training Hadyn Luke posted this on Wednesday 27th of September 2023 Hadyn Luke 27/09/2023

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Apprenticeships: A Guide for Employers

Apprenticeships are more than just a trending topic; they offer a solid approach to recruiting and training new and existing employees and ensure you attract and keep a high-quality workforce.

Why Apprenticeships?

Cultivation of Skills: Apprenticeships provide a systematic approach for shaping newcomers into skilled professionals tailored to the needs of the industry.

Cost Efficiency: Organisations can save on recruitment expenses by opting for apprenticeships over recruiting seasoned personnel. Over time, the training of apprentices can prove to be a financially prudent choice.

Innovation and Modernisation: With their fresh insights and current knowledge, apprentices can introduce novel ideas and keep the organisation aligned with the latest industry advancements.

Boost in Staff Morale: By investing in apprenticeships, organisations demonstrate their commitment to growth and learning, enhancing overall employee motivation and enthusiasm.

Attracting Top Talent: A well-structured apprenticeship programme can act as a magnet for aspiring professionals, drawing in candidates who are eager to learn and grow.

Reduced Staff Attrition: Organisations can experience a decrease in staff turnover as apprentices, once trained and integrated, are likely to exhibit greater loyalty and commitment.

Increased Productivity: As apprentices gradually become proficient, they contribute more effectively to the organisation’s output, enhancing overall productivity.

Harnessing the Full Potential of Apprenticeships: By actively integrating these programmes, organisations can optimise the myriad benefits apprenticeships offer, ensuring a vibrant and dynamic workforce for the future.

Requirements & Eligibility

Level-Based Progress: Apprenticeships come in various levels. It’s possible to employ someone for a Level 5 apprenticeship even if they haven’t completed Level 3. It’s all about the skills they bring to the table and what their roles and responsibilities are.

Age is Just a Number: One of the myths we’d like to bust is that apprenticeships are just for the young. The truth of the matter is, age is merely a numerical figure in this context. Apprenticeships have the flexibility to cater to individuals across the age spectrum. Whether you’re speaking of a recent school/college/university graduate or someone who is in their 50’s or 60’s and wants a shift in their career trajectory, apprenticeships stand as a versatile option for professional growth and development. So, consider offering these valuable opportunities to new and existing staff, regardless of age.

GCSEs & More: While many believe that GCSEs are essential, many apprenticeship programmes focus more on passion and aptitude. Remember, a degree isn’t always an indicator of potential.

Types of Apprenticeships

Available from Level 2 to Level 7, apprenticeships can cater to those starting their career path to those looking for advanced professional development. Apprenticeships are available in a variety of sectors including, agriculture, environmental and animal care, business and administration, care services. early education and teaching, engineering and manufacturing, legal, financial, and accounting services, and security and protective services

Every provider and educational institute will have specialist tutors that are highly experienced and qualified in their industry, that allows them to offer high-quality apprenticeship training in their relevant sectors. At CMS the areas we specialise in are:

Finance: Covering foundational to intermediate financial topics, apprentices can choose programmes like AAT Finance at Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4.

Leadership and Management: For those interested in management roles, apprenticeships offer training at Level 3 (Team Leader) and Level 5 (Operational/Departmental Manager).

Human Resources (HR): A crucial department in any organisation, HR apprenticeships are available at Level 3.

Learning and Development: Focusing on training and professional development, apprenticeships are provided at Level 3 (Learning and Development Practitioner) and Level 5 (Learning and Development Business Partner).

Business Administration: An essential aspect of organisational management, the Business Administration apprenticeship is offered at Level 3.

Childcare: Catering to the nurturing and development of children, apprenticeships are available at Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4.

Health and Fitness: For those passionate about well-being and fitness, they can pursue apprenticeships at Level 2 and a specialised Level 3 course for Personal Trainers.

Compensations, Benefits and Incentives

Apprenticeships in the UK come with several incentives and benefits for the employer, but like any employee, it is important to remember the importance of staff satisfaction and happiness to improve retention and productivity.

As an employer, you’ll provide apprentices with an appropriate salary that is in line with what they are legally entitled to. At the time of writing, apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over in their first year are entitled to the National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage rate of £5.28 per hour. Apprentices aged 19 or over who have completed their first year are entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage rate appropriate for their age. Apprentices should also receive at least 20 days of paid holiday per year, in addition to bank holidays.

Be aware to check .Gov websites to ensure you are up to date with current guidelines.

Financial Incentives for Employing Young Apprentices

Employers and training providers could be eligible for a £1,000 payment for hiring apprentices who are:

  • Aged 16 to 18.
  • Aged 19 to 25 with an education, health and care (EHC) plan, or those who have been in local authority care.

This financial incentive can be used for any expenses related to supporting the apprentice, including uniforms, travel, or their salary.

Employers don’t need to take any action to receive the payment. A £500 payment is made to the employer after 90 days of the apprenticeship start date, and another £500 after 365 days.

Making Apprenticeships Work for Your Organisation

CMS Vocational Training believes that the engagement of line managers and employers is a cornerstone of an apprentice’s success.

Regular tripartite learning reviews, mandated every 10 weeks, involve the learner, their employer or line manager, and the tutor. These sessions are pivotal in addressing any concerns, celebrating accomplishments, and ensuring all parties are aligned. Moreover, the dynamic landscape of apprenticeships constantly evolves.

In addition, as an employer, we recommend that you assign the apprentice a suitable mentor. Not only is there an element of inducting a new member of staff effectively, but it also significantly enhances the apprentice’s learning trajectory. It is also essential to remain informed about the latest trends, levels, and prerequisites to maximise the effectiveness and impact of the apprenticeship experience.

Why CMS Vocational Training?

If you’ve made it this far, you are probably consider integrating apprenticeships into your business. And why not? They’re a fantastic way to invigorate your workforce with fresh talent and ideas. But, like all things, the world of apprenticeships can be a maze. That’s where we come in!

CMS Vocational Training is your trusted partner in navigating this world. With our expertise, you won’t just be hiring apprentices, you’ll be shaping the future of your organisation.

In Conclusion

Apprenticeships are not just a trend; they’re a strategic move for any business aiming for sustainable growth. They offer a win-win situation: employers get fresh talent keen to learn, and apprentices get hands-on experience in the industry.

For more information and to get started on your apprenticeship journey, contact CMS Vocational Training. We’re here to guide, support, and ensure your success.

🌐 www.cmsvoc.co.uk

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