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Apprenticeships are an imaginative and cost-effective way to recruit fresh talent, “upskill” and retain your existing workforce, and increase your profit margin.
As part of the government-funded scheme, we have a long history of collaborating with employers across Staffordshire and the West Midlands to introduce apprentices to the workplace. An apprenticeship is a work-based training programme that combines practical skills learnt in the workplace with vocational study. Government funding is available to train both new and existing employees as apprentices. The apprenticeship programme lasts a minimum of 12 months.
For as little as £3.40* per hour for the first 12 months and a one off administrative cost of £150 you could have a new apprentice working in your organisation, learning practical skills on the job, while is some cases attending college once a week/fortnight to learn theory.
We currently offer Apprenticeship at the following level –
As a department we work with both the Employer as well as the Apprentice to provide support and help the business thrive by identifying “upskill” opportunities and recruit new apprentices.
To help answer any employment questions you may have please click here to view our Frequently Asked Question leaflet.
Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds (“AGE 16 to 24”).
The “AGE 16 to 24” initiative is aimed at helping eligible employers to offer young people employment through the Apprenticeship programme, by providing wage grants to assist employers in recruiting a young apprentice. The National Apprenticeship Service will provide up to 40,000 Apprenticeship grants to employers with less than 50 employees recruiting 16 to 24 year olds with a value of £1,500, to encourage employers to take on new apprentices.
Eligible employers are those who have never employed an apprentice before or who have not been in a position within the last 12 months to commit to employing an apprentice again. Employers with more than 50 employees are not eligible for support through this initiative.
Subject to budget availability and the employer’s commitment to support the apprentice to the end of their programme, up to ten grants can be made to any one employer. However, the employer must commit to the total number of apprentices they wish to take on through the grant at the upfront agreement stage.
Unsure if you have employed an Apprentice before? If you have had someone working in your business but also undergoing training linked to their job with a college or training provider, perhaps going for day release to attend the college you may have had an Apprentice.
There is more advice available on the grant in this National Apprenticeship Factsheet, feel free to take a read then call us on 01785 710520 with any questions or enquiries.
To help you in finding the right person for the job is part of the service we offer at South Staffordshire College. Working alongside the National Apprenticeship Service we handle the advertising and pre-interview stage of finding an apprentice. With one of our dedicated team members, together you will create an advert tailored to your business and the vacancy that will be advertised on both the National Apprenticeship website as well as on our own.
All applicants are brought in for a thorough information and guidance session with our placement officers. With our notes in hand you can then interview as many or a few applicants as you wish to find you the right candidate. For more information on the service please call and speak to our placement officers who will be happy to answer your questions.
*2016 rate – current amounts can be seen at www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates