How do apprenticeship schemes work for employers?

Apprenticeship schemes work for employers by boosting individual skill sets within the workforce. Generally, the programmes are delivered in the workplace via face-to-face or virtual 1-1 training with a coach.

Apprenticeship schemes work for employers by boosting individual skill sets within the workforce. Generally, the programmes are delivered in the workplace via face-to-face or virtual 1-1 training with a coach.

This is supported by online learning and all apprenticeships require additional learning in the workplace known as off-the-job-training. Some programmes require workshop-based training or classroom training, different providers use different methods so it is always worth checking to make sure it works for your business.

This blended learning approach means employers gain a well-skilled team member who exhibits the right behavioural qualities, competencies and occupational experience to make a huge difference.

Employers can use apprenticeship programmes to either upskill existing employees or hire new apprentices.

Who delivers apprenticeship training?

The training of your apprentices is carried out by a recognised training provider, experienced in delivering certain apprenticeship standards and levels. The training provider should manage all aspects of the training, from initial enrolment (or recruitment for a recruited apprentice) through to preparing, planning and booking the End-point Assessment at the end of the apprenticeship.

As an employer, you’re responsible for supporting the apprentice through their learning, making sure a line manager or mentor is present for their reviews and giving them time during their working hours for their off-the-job training.

There will be a recognised assessment provider, responsible for assessing and testing the apprentice to certify them at the end of the apprenticeship programme.

Many training providers will already have relationships in place with End-point Assessment organisations which can make the transition between ‘in learning’ and ‘in assessment’ a more seamless process for the learner and the employer. Lifetime’s main End-point Assessment organisation partner is Innovate Awarding.

How much do apprenticeships cost an employer?

Apprenticeship training costs are covered by your apprenticeship levy funds if you are a levy-paying employer, or government co-investment if you are a non-levy paying employer. As an employer, you’ll be responsible for paying your apprentice’s wages, in line with the minimum wage requirements for their age (as a minimum).

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