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.
What is the 'off the job' training requirements
The ‘off the job’ training is a funding requirement set out by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.
Apprentices are required to spend a minimum of 6 hours* of their working week completing training and learning relevant to the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours of the Apprenticeship Standard.
*This is for Apprentices that work 30 hours or more per week. For Apprentices that work less than 30 hours per week the requirement is 20% off their working week.
Work towards Maths and English Functional Skills is not eligible to count towards the ‘off the job’ requirements. For Apprentices that are working towards these alongside the Apprenticeship Standard, additional time will need to be allocated.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for fundings, the individual must meet the following criteria:
- Be employed and spend at least 50% of thier working hours in England
- Have resided in the UK/EEA for the past 3 years, hold an NI number and have the right to work in England
- Not be enrolled on another funded course
- Not hold an existing qualification in the chosen subject (Opportunities are available for higher level qualified staff and graduates)
- Complete a minmum of 6 hours a week Off the Job Training (OJT)
Prior to enrolling on an Apprenticeship with Weir Training; previous experience, knowledge and qualifications will need to be reviewed and taken into consideration to ensure minimum Apprenticeship requirements can be met.
Who is eligible to work towards an apprenticeship?
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 and who pays the charges?
If the above criteria are met, the government funds the majority of the training cost for Non-Levy Employers; however it is government policy that employers must contribute 5% of the qualification cost. Please contact us for further information.
For apprenticeship Levy employers, please select the Apprenticeship Levy menu at the top of the page for further information.
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.
You are also responsible for supporting each Apprentice in planning and completing their ‘off the job’ training.
How long does it take?
A fully funded apprenticeship has a requirement of a minimum of 12 months on programme learning and at last 2 months is required for End Point Assessment and this is to be competed after the on programme learning.
An apprentice is required to commit to the minimum duration in order to achieve the apprenticeship:
- The duration of Intermediate Apprenticeships are typically 12-15 months
- The duration of Advanced Apprenticeships are typically 13-18 months
- The duration of Higher Apprenticeships are typically 18-24 months
How often does the Curriculum Specialist visit?
The Curriculum Specialist will visit the apprentice once a month either face to face or via remote software and assessments last for 2 hours.
Additional visits/support is provided to individuals as and when required.