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What’s an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a proper job combined with structured skills development and ongoing assessment. An apprentice is employed and paid whilst they learn, and the Apprenticeship ultimately gives them the professional skills, knowledge and the experience to do a specific job. Apprentices acquire their skills through a mix of workplace learning, formal classroom learning, and practising tasks in a genuine work environment. Employers favour Apprenticeships as a method for recruiting and developing staff as they contribute to business growth and productivity, helping create a skilled workforce and bringing benefits to both employers and individuals.

How do they work?

Apprentices are employed but spend at least 20% of their time on off-the-job training which is usually delivered by an external Apprenticeships training provider. The employer chooses the provider from an approved list, and works with them to decide how the training is delivered. This might be in the workplace or on regular day release, through workshops, or shadowing. Apprentices are supported by a mentor at work and training must be directly relevant to the Apprenticeship. Ongoing assessment of the apprentice ensures they are meeting required standards for the qualifications they are working towards. Once an apprentice completes their Apprenticeship they must demonstrate they can perform relevant tasks to industry standards. This provides a guarantee of competence to the employer.

The benefits of Apprenticeships to employers include:

  • Building skills: 82% of employers take on apprentices to build the skills capacity in their business
  • Reducing training costs: up to 100% funding could be available to support Apprenticeship programmes in your business
  • Increasing productivity: statistics suggest the average apprentice improves productivity by £214 a week
  • Reduced staff turnover: Apprenticeships encourage staff satisfaction and loyalty
  • Reduced recruitment costs: Apprenticeship providers can help you find suitable interview candidates
  • Apprenticeships are a tested way of re-training or up-skilling existing staff, and attracting new staff with new ideas
  • Training can be carried out on your premises; it’s flexible to fit in with staff schedules
  • If you employ an apprentice below the age of 25, you are not required to pay employer National Insurance contributions for them

Employers with a pay bill over £3m a year must pay the Apprenticeship levy. This is 0.5% of the employer’s wages bill and is paid to HMRC through the PAYE process. The amount paid is deposited in the employer’s Apprenticeship account, and can then be used by the employer to purchase Apprenticeship training. The government tops up employers’ levy with an extra 10%, paid directly to employers’ Apprenticeship accounts. This means employers get more to spend on training than they put in. An employer’s pay bill is made up of the total amount of the employees’ earnings that are subject to Class 1 National Insurance contributions: wages, bonuses, commissions and pension contributions.

Hiring apprentices helps businesses grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Apprenticeships are linked to specific job roles and designed in consultation with industry so they meet employer needs.

Many businesses in Liverpool City Region are reaping the benefits of employing apprentices. These include companies like Jaguar Landrover, Wirral Partnership Homes and the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Southport.
Employers with a pay bill of less than £3 million a year do not need to pay the levy. 90% of the cost of training and assessing apprentices in these organisations is paid by the government. If they have less than 50 employees, government will pay 100% of costs for 16 to 18 year apprentices or those aged 19-24 formerly in care or with a local authority education, health and care plan.
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