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Apprentices add life to your business. As well as being eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invest in them, apprentices deliver real returns to your bottom line. In a recent survey the majority of employers said that Apprenticeships help them to improve productivity and be more competitive.
Apprenticeships are the proven way to train your workforce. Apprenticeships can make your organisation more effective, productive and competitive by addressing your skills gaps directly, even in uncertain economic times.
There are real business benefits to taking on apprentices. This section outlines these benefits as well as answering other questions you may have about Apprenticeships.
The Apprenticeship programme has been designed to help your employees reach a high level of competency and performance and with over 180 different types of Apprenticeships, there’s bound to be a place for an apprentice in your organisation.
- Apprentices tend to be eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invested in them. An apprentice is with you because they want to be – they have made an active choice to learn on the job and a commitment to a specific career
- They deliver industry-specific training - you employ the staff, your company benefits!
- They guarantee the availability of trained staff for your company
- They help attract, and keep, high quality personnel
- The package of Functional Skills available as part of the Apprenticeship can help to improve communication and team work within your company
- They give your employees a stake in the future of the company and a commitment to ensuring its success
- You enjoy the benefits of professional occupation-specific Business Development Officers to assist you and your staff through the programme
- Employers gain by being able to train people to meet the needs of the business. Their enthusiasm can bring positive benefits to other members of staff and the knowledge they gain is frequently used to the benefit of the business.
What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are on-the-job training leading to nationally recognised qualifications, developed by industry for industry.
What does it involve?
An Apprenticeship includes the following components:
- A minimum of 16 hours per week paid employment
- A knowledge based element
- A competency based element
- Transferable or “key skills”
- A module on employment rights and responsibilities.
Who are they for?
You can use Apprenticeships to train both new and existing employees. A training provider, such as HCT, will support and guide you. They will work with you to help you decide which Apprenticeship is right, explain the way that Apprenticeships work and if funding is available. They will then help you to recruit your apprentice or support your existing staff into Apprenticeships, and manage the training, ensuring it is integrated and to national quality standards.
How long does it last?
The length of an Apprenticeship varies depending on prior skills levels of the apprentice, the qualification being obtained and industry sector. Generally, Apprenticeships take between one and three years to complete.
How will the training take place?
The majority of training will take place in the workplace. Each apprentice will attend college either as day-release or sometimes as block release depending on the occupational area selected. In some cases assessment will be by completing tasks in the workplace. Some courses may run as a first year full-time in order to better equip apprentices when they start in the workplace in the second year. Currently this applies to Construction, Electrical Installation and Plumbing. This could be subject to change.
What are my responsibilities as an employer?
You must give your apprentices an induction into their role and provide on-the-job training. You are also responsible for paying your apprentices’ wages.
Will there be a mountain of paperwork?
No. There is a need to ensure that the training provided is of a high quality, and that the public funding provided is used for training – but this is not a bureaucratic process.
Can I get help with funding?
Yes. Apprenticeship funding is available from the National Apprenticeship Service. The size of the contribution varies depending on your sector and the age of the candidate. If the apprentice is aged 16–18, you will receive 100 per cent of the cost of the training; if they are 19+, you will receive up to 50 per cent. This is paid directly to the organisation that provides and supports the Apprenticeship; in most cases this will be a training provider such as HCT.
Stuart Laurie, Plumbing & Heating Engineer at Hereford Gas Services Ltd
There have been 10-15 apprentices since I started here and we have always been successful in employing new ones each year. It’s really important to us to keep passing on our trade and it is good to see more apprentices being supported in the different industries. Our apprentices this year have been great; keen, motivated and with a good sense of humour. We are one of the larger independent companies in Hereford with a great showroom so we are lucky to be able to have apprentices each year.
Steve Strange, Production Director at Hereford Cask Ltd
It is crucial to emphasise how important the combination of practical work and theoretical knowledge is on the path to becoming a skilled worker. Our one apprentice, Adam, has always worked with our company, so although he has fantastic knowledge it is very specific to Hereford Casks Ltd. Our other apprentice Alex completed a First Diploma in Welding and Fabrication at HCT’s Holme Lacy Campus prior to coming here so he has a much broader base of knowledge and this can only be beneficial to his development in real life industry. They now both attend college once a week.
David Thomas, Managing Director at G.P.Thomas & Son Ltd
We have always had and will continue to have a commitment to training and our relationship with the College is central to this. We have found the College to be flexible and responsive and have always listened to us, adjusting training to our needs. I feel that they've acknowledged us as an important part of the whole equation.
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