Are you looking to build a skilled, motivated workforce and wondering how apprenticeships can help boost your business?

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes that are used to develop new and existing employees – whether they’re in first-time positions or existing roles. Increasingly recognised as the gold standard for work-based learning, they are a fantastic way to boost your success and inject new skills and talent into your organisation.

There are 1500 job roles covered by an apprenticeship so, whatever your business, there will be an agreed apprenticeship programme which lays out the knowledge and skills required. Working with YH Training Services, together we can develop an apprenticeship programme which meets the specific needs of your company.

How can apprenticeships benefit my business?

Apprenticeships help people gain meaningful experience in the workplace, and, in return, employers gain an enthusiastic, engaged and qualified workforce.

Apprentices can help tackle skill gaps, injecting new talent and fresh ideas into your business to support its future growth and success. Many apprentices become highly qualified and can be a real asset to your company, enhancing your talent pool.

Apprenticeships offer a great mix of on-the-job training and academic-based learning to ensure candidates have the skills and experience that are right for your business.

Whether you’re looking to recruit new talent or boost the skills of your existing employees, apprenticeships might be just the solution you’re looking for.

 

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How does the apprenticeship levy affect my business?

Companies with a wage bill of more than £3 million are required to pay the apprenticeship levy, and some larger SMEs fall into this bracket.

So, what is the apprenticeship levy? It's a payment collected from large employers in the public and private sector and is paid to the HMRC via PAYE returns. Its purpose is to encourage employers to invest in apprenticeship programmes; recruiting new apprentices and boosting the skills of their existing workforce.

Looking to fund apprenticeship training? The apprenticeship levy paid by companies can be accessed by those same businesses to fund apprenticeship training within their company.

So, how much is the apprenticeship levy? The levy threshold is calculated by size of payroll. It’s 0.5% of a company’s payroll, with every employer receiving an allowance of £15,000 to offset against the amount they owe.

Businesses have been subject to the levy payment since April 2017 and it is payable each month.

What are apprenticeships?

In short, apprenticeships are work-based training programmes that are used to develop new and existing employees – whether they’re in first-time positions or existing roles.

Apprenticeships are available to companies of all sizes and in all sectors. There are 1500 job roles covered by an apprenticeship so, whatever your business, there will be an agreed apprenticeship programme which lays out the knowledge and skills required.

Working with YH Training, you can develop an apprenticeship programme which meets the specific needs of your company.

How long does it take to complete an apprenticeship?

How long an apprenticeship takes to complete depends on the level of the apprenticeship, the ability of the apprentice and the industry sector. An intermediate Level 2 apprenticeship usually takes 12 to 18 months to complete, whereas an advanced Level 3 takes around 24 months.

 

Most intermediate apprenticeships (Level 2)  take between 12-18 months to complete. Advanced apprenticeships (Level 3) usually take between 18-24 months and higher apprenticeships can take 2-4 years to complete.

Are there different levels of apprenticeship?

There are different levels of apprenticeship:

  • Intermediate apprenticeship Level 2 - apprentices gain the equivalent of five GCSEs at grades A-C
  • Advanced apprenticeship Level 3 - apprentices gain the equivalent of two A-Levels.
  • Higher apprentices Level 4-5 – apprentices gain the equivalent of a qualification such as a Foundation Degree.
  • Degree-level apprenticeship Levels 6-7 – apprentices gain a degree-level qualification, helping to build
  • the high-level technical skills needed for the jobs of the future
Are there any changes to apprenticeships?

Yes! In 2014, the Government published the first new apprenticeship standards, which are replacing apprenticeship frameworks. These have been designed by employers for employers and they ensure that apprenticeships are even better placed to boost businesses’ success.

There are also changes to funding that are currently being introduced, including the new apprenticeship levy.

We can talk you through the changes so that you can understand how they apply to your business.

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75% employers say apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service.
Apprenticeships we deliver....
  • Accountancy
  • Business Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Healthcare Support Services
  • Hospitality
  • IT
  • Performing Manufacturing Operations
  • Retail
  • Sales
  • Team Leading and Supervisor
  • Warehousing and Storage
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Apprenticeships are available in 1500 job roles, for over 170 industries.
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