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Apprenticeships are a set of modern standards designed by employers within the relevant industry to ensure apprentices can learn and demonstrate their compentence in their job role.

Apprenticeships are a vocationally based alternative to traditional academic education. Businesses require a skilled workforce to ensure competitiveness in the modern marketplace.

Apprenticeships offer a way for staff to gain a nationally recognised set of Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours particular to their role.

Apprenticeships Standards

Apprenticeship Standards are comprised of 3 or 4 main elements:-

  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Behaviours
  • Transferable Skills (if required)

Who sets the Apprenticeships Standards?

Groups of industry experts from employers in the sector form a team of Trailblazers.  Each Standard has it’s Trailblazer team that develop the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviour requirements for the roles within their industry.

What are the benefits of Apprenticeships for an apprentice?

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Apprenticeships are a proven way for apprentices to gain experience in a new role and receive a wage whilst learning.  Some of the main benefits of becoming an apprentice are:-

  • Paid employment
  • Gain experience
  • Build a career
  • Get qualified
  • No student loan
  • Student discounts (NUS Card)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Mentoring and support

Leading to:

  • Higher Salary
  • Increased Responsibilities
  • Improved Career Opportunities

What are the benefits of Apprenticeships for an Employer?

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A combined investment between your business, your staff and Locomotivation will result in an up skilled workforce. Improvements will be notable in the following characteristics of the apprentices:

  • Productivity and Performance
  • Motivation
  • Loyalty and Retention
  • Self Confidence

Leading to:

  • Improved Productivity
  • Increased Customer Satisfaction
  • Improved Bottom Line

This allows your employees to reach their full potential and maximise business productivity.

Apprenticeship Eligibility

To be eligible to become an apprentice you must :-

  • be aged 16 or above
  • be from within the EU and has lived in the EU for at least the previous 3 years
  • not be in full time eduction
  • be employed for at least 30 hours per week

Apprenticeship Funding

Apprenticeships are funded through one of the 2 following ways.

Apprenticeship Levy

Employers with annual payroll bills in excess of £3m in England pay into an Apprenticeship Levy fund to be used soley for funding of Apprenticeship training within their business or supply chain.

Non-Levy Employers

Employers with a annual payroll bill lower than £3m in England have access to government funding. The governemnt will fund 95% of the apprenticeship training with the employer making a contribution of 5%.

In both funding scenarios above, all employers have to register with the government's Apprenticeship Service.

Incentive payments for Employers hiring a new apprentice

There are currently extra payments available to employers who hire a new apprentice. Payments are dependent on the age of the apprentice at the start of their apprenticeship and how long they stay with you as an apprentice.

Payments for starting after 1 April 2021

Age Total Payment Available Payment at 12wks Payment at 365 days
16-18 £4000 £2000 £2000
19+ £3000 £1500 £1500

Note: Actual payments for the above qualifying periods will be paid 6 weeks after reaching each milestone.

Offer Expiry

The offer for these extra payments are currently due to cease for all starts after 30 September 2021.

What next? …

Contact us below so we can help guide you through the process of registering with the Apprenticeship Service or if you need any assistance with accessing and using your levy funds.