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Apprenticeships 2018 – what you need to know

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 13:24

Image: Apprenticeships 2018 – what you need to know.We’ve compiled a list of apprenticeship related facts to highlight some of the things you need to know in order to upskill and grow your workforce:

  1. You could get 90% of your staff training funded by government if you have a pay bill of under £3 million. You just pay 10% towards the training and assessment costs for your apprentice and the government will cover the rest! Find out more about funding here.
  2. Alternatively, if you have a pay bill of over £3 million and are paying the Apprenticeship Levy, then make sure you use your funds as they expire after 24 months and you will lose your ‘investment’.
  3. From April 2018, levy-paying employers will be allowed to transfer funds to other employers, including smaller employers in your supply chain, and apprenticeship training agencies who help employers with all aspects of taking on an apprentice from recruitment to identifying local training options and providing HR support and management.
  4. 80% of an apprentice’s time is spent working and developing their skills on the job with only 20% of their time spent doing off-the-job training. This means that as they learn new skills and knowledge they will be able to apply them to their day to day work, becoming a valued member of staff as they grow in confidence and competence.
  5. In a recent survey, 83% of employers said they experienced a positive impact from taking on an apprentice, citing their enthusiasm, loyalty, ingenuity and positive impact on the wider workforce as key factors.
  6. There are many different apprenticeships to choose from: clinical, healthcare, finance, HR, IT, cleaning, facilities, estates roles and more. Apprenticeships are available at levels 2 through to level 7 so even your most senior staff may be able to benefit from doing one. See the range of standards commonly used in the health sector here.
  7. If you want to know how the apprenticeship programme will work in practice you can speak to some of the approved training providers and see what delivery models they offer. More details on apprenticeship training providers can be found here. Alternatively, speak to a training provider endorsed by the Skills for Health Quality Mark.

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