Apprenticeships

14th April 2016

We are able to support Employers with developing and delivering high quality Apprenticeship programmes from Level 2 – Level 6. We are currently able to cover the following Frameworks/Standards, but please do not hesitate to contact us if you require something not listed below. These links will take you to the respective framework through Apprenticeships Frameworks Online :

INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYERS

What role does my training provider play?

Your training provider or college has a key role to play in providing off-the-job training, assessing progress towards achieving qualifications and supporting students generally during their apprenticeship. They work very closely with you as the employer to ensure that students receive:

  • an induction programme on starting
  • a detailed training plan
  • regular progress reviews
  • opportunities to put into practice off-the-job learning so that they can achieve the qualifications
  • mentoring and general support throughout the apprenticeship

What support can I offer as an employer?

As the employer, you have an essential part to play in developing and delivering the apprenticeship programme. As well as off the job training, students will receive on the job training from managers and other work colleagues. This should link as much as possible to what is being covered with your training provider.

Where it is possible, in addition to the line manager, there should also be a workplace mentor. This should be a colleague who students can talk to in confidence about their apprenticeship and who should support to raise concerns or make suggestions to improve their experience. In very small organisations it is sometimes not possible to do this. In these circumstances students should raise any worries, ideas, issues etc. with the training provider. Employers will be involved in all aspects of the programme.

What should an apprentice be paid?

 Levels of starting salaries for apprentices are variable and are dependent on many factors such as:

  • the level of job/apprenticeship
  • the sector they are working in e.g. engineering, retail, health care, sciences etc
  • the type of employer eg small business, large corporation, public or private sector
  • age, experience and existing qualifications

However, there is a National Minimum Wage set for apprentices and this is £3.30 from October 2015. This rate applies to apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Students must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they’re an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. Some apprentices may start at the minimum level but can quickly increase their salary as they become more competent in their job role. The average apprenticeship salary according to the National Pay Survey for 2014 is currently £228 per week.

What holidays are students entitled to?

Holiday entitlement should be clearly written into the Contract of Employment. As a minimum they should get at least 20 days paid holiday per year plus bank holidays.

How many hours per week should they be working?

Minimum Working Hours

Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week and the time spent on off the job training at a college or training provider should be included as part of these hours. In exceptional circumstances where apprentices have caring responsibilities for example part time apprenticeships can be agreed for a minimum of 16 hours per week. In this case it would be expected that the duration of the apprenticeship would also be extended to ensure that apprentices can complete their programme and achieve the necessary standard and qualifications.

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Apprentices working for more than 33 hours per week are also entitled to statutory sick pay, statutory maternity and statutory paternity leave and pay.

Maximum Working Hours

The European working time directive states that young people aged up to 18 can work for maximum of 40 hours per week and not more than 8 hours per day. Those aged over 18 have maximum working hours of 48 hours per week but they can sign an agreement with their employer, should they wish to opt out of the protection provided by the working time directive.

Duration

An apprenticeship takes between 1 and 5 years to complete. The duration of an apprenticeship depends on age, prior skills, frameworks and sector.

For more detailed guidance please access: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apprenticeship-support-essential-guide