How will an Apprentice benefit my business?
Apprentices receive sector specific training from day one, which means they can have an immediate effect on productivity and a positive effect on your bottom line. They make a significant contribution by filling skills gaps within your current workforce. By investing in an apprentice it will allow you to nurture and grow your own talent.
Participating in an apprenticeship program ensures you will have an employee who is not only trained to industry standards but also understands your unique workplace conditions. Apprenticeships are proven to be a cost effective way for employers to develop their own talent and to ensure the sustainability of your workforce. In general, apprentices work for at least 30 hours per week including one day studying.
As the employer, you are required to provide a safe working environment, provide the apprentice with a contract of employment and ensure they receive the minimum apprenticeship wage, however many employers pay above the minimum wage and provide for study materials and tools as appropriate: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates
How do they work?
Apprenticeships have been designed by industry specialists who genuinely understand the nature and requirements of the business, therefore making them current and specific to the commercial industry.
Identify the vacancy
If your vacancy is suitable for an apprentice we will help you to develop an appropriate and effective job description that best meets your needs and advise whether there are any costs associated.
Advertising the vacancy
Havering College advertises the vacancy on your behalf via the Government Apprenticeship website and other social media. We will keep you fully informed on the responses and agree with you how to progress.
Pre selection and Shortlisting
When applications are submitted our team filter any unsuitable candidates and invite successful applicants to the college for a skills assessment and a pre-interview to check their eligibility for the apprenticeship. This ensures the applicants we shortlist to interview are the best possible candidates for the role.
After sharing the details of successful candidates with you and you completing your own short listing, the next stage will be for you to host an interview at your premises. We usually leave you to do this according to your own company procedures but are happy to assist with the organisation of this if needed. At this point, you may wish any prospective candidates to complete a short work experience to allow the candidate to get “a feel for” the company and allow you to make a more informed decision.
Once you make an offer
Once you have selected your apprentice and agreed on a suitable start date for the apprenticeship, subject to final assessments, we will arrange a meeting with you and your new employee to complete a brief “sign up” meeting.
For this, you will need a copy of your Employers Liability Insurance details, and the apprenticeship coordinator will complete a Health and Safety Check.
Havering College is committed to providing a high-quality experience for both yourself and the apprentice. A member of our Apprenticeship team will meet with you quarterly to discuss progress and to resolve any queries or issues arising.
The current minimum wage, as of 1st October 2016, is £3.50 per hour. If they are aged 19 or over it is £3.50 for their first year of training which then increases to the national minimum wage for their age in any following years. They must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week including their day at college which they must also be paid.
Apprenticeship funding is available from the Education & Skills Funding Agency. The size of the contribution varies depending on your sector and the age of the candidate.
- If the apprentice is aged 16-18 years old, 100% of the cost of the training is funded up to Advanced level.
- If they are 19+ funding drops to 50% and in most cases, an employer contribution will be required to cover the training, but this cost varies depending on the chosen framework. Please contact us if you require further information on the cost of your specific job role.