Employer FAQ’s

How will my company benefit?

There are many benefits to you as an employer; the main one is that you will develop competent, motivated and committed employees. This in turn can only improve the levels of customer service delivered by your employees to your customers. What have you got to lose?

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a work-based training programme, which lets your employee learn and earn in a real job, to achieve a nationally recognised qualification at the end of it. As well as teaching practical skills and the underpinning knowledge to go with those skills, it also develops an understanding of the law, which applies to employers and employees.

Who is eligible?

To get full government funding for an employee to work towards an Apprenticeship, the employee must:

  • be working more than 30 hours per week
  • Work more than half your working hours in England
  • have been living in the UK or EEA for the past 3 years
  • have an NI number
  • Not be enrolled on another funded qualification

Who is eligible to work towards a QCF?

Anyone within the workforce of any age is eligible to work towards gaining an Apprenticeship. The main priority is ensuring that the job role they are in allows them to achieve the qualification. A member of our team will check eligibility once an Apprentice has agreed to undertake a Apprenticeship.

How much will it cost?

If the above criteria are met, the government funds the majority of the training cost; however it is government policy that employers should contribute, particularly in the case of the 19+ age group. The amount contributed will depend on a number of factors. Please contact us for further details.

What are my responsibilities as an employer?

You will have to ensure that all legal requirements in terms of Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities and working hours are met.

Be available for feedback sessions after assessments and also be available for at least 30 minutes to complete a review every 12 weeks.

How long does it take?

A fully funded Apprenticeship is a yearlong course; an Apprentice is required to commit to 12 months in order to achieve a certificate. An Advanced Apprenticeship can take anywhere between 12 and 15 months. QCF stand alone qualifications can take anything from 6 – 12 months depending on the qualification, level and units selected.

How often does the Training Specialist visit?

The Training Specialist will visit the Apprentice once a month and assessments last for 1½ hours.

You will need to sign an agreement to say that you agree that the Apprentice can be released from their duties during these assessments.

Who pays the charges?

This depends on you as the employer. We would suggest that you pay and if your employee leaves, you will claim the monies back from them; however this is ultimately your decision.

Who pays the £50 charge for a missed assessment?

This also depends on you as the employer. We would suggest that you inform your employee that this will be deducted from their salary.