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An Apprenticeship is not a qualification in itself but a number of separately certified qualifications, courses and workplace training, making up the framework. Apprenticeships develop practical and theoretical skills designed to help employees reach a high level of competency and performance.
Intermediate Apprenticeships
Intermediate Apprentices work towards a Level 2 qualification – equivalent to five good A*–C, GCSEs.
Advanced Apprenticeships
Advanced Apprentices work towards a Level 3 qualification – equivalent to two A Levels. To start this programme, the applicant should ideally have five GCSEs at grade C or above or have completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship.
Higher Apprenticeships
Higher Apprentices work towards a Level 4 qualification – equivalent to degree level.
Most of the training is on the job, working with a mentor to learn job specific skills. This is complemented by guided study and some teaching away from their work station, either at the employer’s premises or at one of our centres.

Assessment methods include: 1:1 discussions, observations by a skilled trainer who will come into your workplace, underpinning knowledge questioning, witness testimony, self-reflective accounts, assignments, logbooks and tests.

Our modular style of delivery enables the Apprentice to achieve milestones throughout their Apprenticeship.
Generally, an Apprenticeship will take between 12 and 18 months to complete. However, the length of an Apprenticeship varies depending on the prior skills levels of the apprentice, the qualification being obtained and the industry sector.

If an Apprentice is undertaking Accountancy, then they will need to attend at one of our training centres on day release each week.

It has been reported that UK businesses consider skills shortages and recruitment difficulties a bigger threat to performance than soaring oil prices and declining consumer spending, with more than a quarter rating vocational work-based training higher than any other qualification. With relatively low wage costs and grants available, Apprenticeships are a very cost-effective way of recruiting new talent or training your existing workforce.

But cost is not the main benefit. The real lasting benefit of taking on an apprentice comes with the opportunity to take on a young person who you can grow and mould into a motivated and committed employee with the skills your business really needs. They tend to be eager, highly motivated, flexible, and keen to learn new skills.

Apprenticeships can also be a way of filling positions where there is a shortage of skilled workers or developing your own managers and leaders of the future rather than recruiting from outside the business.

Research by the National Apprenticeship Service shows taking on an apprentice delivers real bottom line benefits, with the majority of employers reporting increases in productivity, lower costs, and higher profits.

Further benefits reported by the majority of employers include, improved productivity or services, new ideas being introduced into the organisation, better morale among staff and lower staff turnover.

Use our Search Select and Match service, which is currently a free service we offer employers who are looking to recruit an Apprentice.
From our initial conversation, through to you employing your chosen Apprentice you determine how involved you would like us to be in the process. Our full Search Select and Match service provides you with the services of a dedicated Business Development Advisor who will:-
• Engage with you at your business to discuss the job description together with the skills and qualities you are looking for in an Apprentice

• Determine the most appropriate Apprenticeship qualification to be undertaken
• Be the point of liaison between yourself and our dedicated Learning Engagement Advisor (LEA)
• Advertise your vacancy on the National Apprenticeship website, our own website and use other forms of advertising and media to find suitable candidates.
• Look at our current Traineeship learners who are seeking Apprenticeship employment to see if they meet your criteria.
• Liaise with school/colleges and other agencies to find candidates.
• Pre – interview suitable candidates
• Forward the CV’s/information over to yourself.
• Arrange the interviews with your selected candidates on your behalf
• Follow up with you once the interviews have taken place.

After you have recruited your Apprentice, we will then make arrangements for our trainer to attend to meet with you to tailor the qualification to the specific needs of the business and the role the Apprentice will be undertaking.

So if you use this service, it will really drive down your recruitment and training costs.

Yes, many employers employ a number of Apprentices at the same time to work in different areas of their business. Also, if your business employs less than 50 employees and has not employed an Apprentice in the last 12 months, then you could be eligible to receive an AGE grant of £1,500 per Apprentice you employ. There is a limit of 5 grants per employer.
Apprenticeships are funded through the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to support the delivery of training, and can also be accessed to support the development needs of new or existing employees. Training for 16- 18 year olds is fully funded and for those aged 19 and over, partially funded with employers expected to make a contribution. As a government funded training provider, we take care of the funding on your behalf.

If your business employs less than 50 employees and has not employed an Apprentice in the last 12 months, then you could be eligible to receive an AGE grant of £1,500.

Ideally, a salary should be offered that reflects the job role and the skills and experience of the candidate, whilst recognising the training opportunity being offered. The minimum Apprenticeship wage for a 16-18 year old is currently £2.73, rising to £3.30 from 1st October 2015. The national average Apprenticeship wage is £254.63 per week.

If you have an Apprentice aged 19 or over, then you may pay the minimum for the first year of their Apprenticeship and must increase their pay to the national minimum for their age thereafter.

They are paid via your normal payroll processes
If your business employs less than 500 staff and has not employed an Apprentice in the last 12 months, then you could be eligible to receive an AGE grant of £1,500. There is a limit of 5 grants per employer.
An Apprentice can work a minimum of 30 hours up to a maximum of 40 hours per week
Yes they can as long as the total working week is not more than 40 hours
The same as your other employees
Yes they are employed by you and will need a contract.
Yes, either you or their line manager. It’s important that you give your Apprentice regular feedback so they can learn how to develop new skills on the job. Your apprentice will also need to spend around an one hour per week working on project work in the workplace as part of their Apprenticeship.
This is dependent on the time an employer initially spends inducting them into the business and also the support given when they start their role, on average we look at 8-10 weeks and they should be ‘adding value’ .
Your Apprentice is like any other employee and needs to comply with all your own internal working standards, you should treat them the same as you would any other of your employees. Your trainer will be there to support you each step of the Apprenticeship.
Once your Apprentice has completed their initial Level 2 (Intermediate) Apprenticeship, and they are now adding significant value and have become a committed and valued employee, look to develop them further. If their job role allows, progress them onto a Level 3 (Advanced) Apprenticeship.
For Apprenticeships and NVQ’s we offer the following:-
Please note:- Intermediate is Level 2, Advanced Level 3 and Higher are levels 4 and 5
AAT (Accountancy) at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher
Business Administration at Intermediate and Advanced (
Customer Service at Intermediate and Advanced
Healthcare Suppor,t Intermediate
Health Informatics at Intermediate and Advanced
Hospitality, Intermediate
ITQ at Intermediate and Advanced
Retail/Retail Management at Intermediate and Advanced
Sales, Intermediate
Team Leading, Intermediate
Management at Advanced, Higher and Higher
PMO (Manufacturing), Intermediate
Warehousing and Storage (Intermediate)
We also offer bespoke training to meet the needs of your business, this can include but is not limited to Microsoft Office Specialist
Functional Skills in maths and English
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Employers Update – Apprenticeship Changes

Further announcements have been made by government on 12th August regarding apprenticeship changes which will go ahead from April 17.

Apprenticeship Levy –This will only apply to businesses with a payroll in excess of £3m who will pay a levy of 0.5% of their payroll commencing April 2017. This levy can only be utilised for the delivery of apprenticeships to your current and any new staff.

If your payroll is less than £3m, you will not have to pay a levy.

Non- Levy paying employers – the vast majority of businesses with which YH deals, will not have to pay a levy and it is highly likely that we will carry on with the current system where YH receives the funding for app delivery until April 2017 at least.

The current funding systems are to remain in place for all current learners up to April 17.  A new fuding system will start in April 17 for all new learners where there will be a compulsory employer contribution of 10% irrespective of the learners age.

Some aspects of the funding arrangements from April 17 are not satisfactory and representations are been made to government.  The final details of all changes from April 17 are scheduled to be announced in October at which point we will contact you.

If you require any further information please contact the local Centre Manager or Employer Engagement Manager via the Trainer who is working with your staff. Please be assured YH can guide you through the above mentioned changes and help you to develop an apprenticeship strategy to maximise your business growth.

F H McMahon

Managing Director

YH Training Services Ltd