UNDERSTANDING NON LEVY FUNDING

Apprenticeship Training

 

Employer Benefits to your organisation

Apprenticeships have moved on from what they used to be and are an exciting option for both apprentice and employer. You can now employ apprentices at all different levels, from school leavers to people that want to further their careers or change career direction completely. An apprentice can be aged 16 or 100 plus! 

As an employer, you can get additional help with funding an apprentice from the government.

 
 

The benefits to your organisation

Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any organisation to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

86% of employers said apprenticeships developed skills relevant to their organisation and 78% reported improved productivity. 

Other benefits that apprenticeships contribute to your organisation include:

90% of apprentices stay on in their place of work after completing an apprenticeship

there's a wide selection of apprenticeships available, covering lots of different job roles 

you can adapt the training your apprentice receives according to the needs of your organisation

an apprenticeship allows you to diversify and freshen up your workforce

you can employ an apprentice who's aged 16 up to any age and from any background

 
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 Employer Preparing And Monitoring

Taking on an apprentice, whatever age, will need some preparation from you, as the employer. 

If the new apprentice is straight out of school then they may have limited experience of what's expected of them going into their first salaried job. 

If your new apprentice is older and more experienced they might not need as much help as the school leaver, but they may still be nervous and unsure of what’s expected of them.

 

Preparing

Before an apprentice starts you should consider sending them a starter pack so they know what to expect from their first day. 

It could include: 

  • a list of what you'd like them to bring - notebook/pens/ID etc

  • what time you'd like them to arrive

  • how they should dress

  • how much money they need to bring for lunch etc

  • who they should ask for when they arrive

  • where to get the bus/train or park their car

Monitoring

It's important as an employer to support your new apprentice and keep in regular contact with them. Perhaps you could consider: 

  • establishing a weekly catch-up with your apprentice

  • regular updates with your training provider

  • assigning a member of staff to be their daily 'go-to' person


 
 

 Employer Assessment

Once the apprenticeship training is completed, an independent assessment will take place, this is called an 'end-point assessment'. The assessment is the apprentice’s opportunity to demonstrate that they are genuinely competent in their occupation at the end of their training. 

It also gives the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate what they've learnt throughout the apprenticeship. (This assessment only applies for apprenticeship standards and not for frameworks). 

Details of what is in an end-point assessment is set out in the assessment plan. This will include an assessment of the apprentice's: 

  • knowledge

  • skills

  • behaviours

Your apprentice can't achieve an apprenticeship standard without satisfying all the requirements listed in the apprenticeship standard, including the end-point assessment. 

 
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Where To Find An End Point Assessment Organisation

You must select an organisation to deliver the end-point assessment from the register of end-point assessment organisations and agree to a price with this organisation for the end-point assessment.

Although the training provider will be involved in arrangements for the end-point assessment, the assessment itself must be independent. 

The training provider must contract with the end-point assessment organisation on your behalf and have a written agreement in place to make payment to them for conducting the end-point assessment. 

 
 

End Point Assessment Cost

We expect that the cost of the end-point assessment should not usually exceed 20% of the funding band maximum.

This cost is included in the overall cost agreed with the training provider for the apprenticeship.

 
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 Certification

When your apprentice successfully completes their apprenticeship they will be awarded a certificate. 

The end-point assessment organisation will request the certificate on your behalf.

 
 

 How Much Will It Cost Me

You can get help from the government to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment. The amount you get depends on whether you pay the apprenticeship levy or not. You will pay the apprenticeship levy if you're an employer with a pay bill more than £3 million each year.

If you don't need to pay the apprenticeship levy

As an employer who doesn’t pay the apprenticeship levy, you will need to pay the training provider directly for training your apprentices. 

You pay 5% towards the cost of training and assessing your apprentice. The government will pay the rest (95%) up to the funding band maximum. They’ll pay the funds directly to the training provider.

Additional payments from the government

Extra support for small employers

Employers with fewer than 50 people working for them will not have to pay the 5% contribution for an apprentice who is aged between: 

16-18 years old

19-24 years old and who has previously been in care or who has an Education, Health and Care plan provided by their local authority 

The government will pay 100% of the training costs for these individuals

Training younger apprentices

All employers will receive £1,000 if, at the start of the apprenticeship, the apprentice is aged between:

16-18 years old

19-24 years old and who has previously been in care or who has an Education, Health and Care plan provided by their local authority

This payment will be made to the employer in two equal instalments via the training provider.

 
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Employer Responsibilities

As an employee, apprentices are entitled to the same benefits as any other employee. When employing an apprentice, there are certain requirements that need to be adhered to. The requirements are:

  • Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage = £3.90 as of April 2019.

  • Issuing a Contract of Employment.

  • Minimum Hours of Employment: Apprentices should work at least 30 hours per week, although we recognise that this may be greater; should also include 20% off-the-job training either in the work place or with a training provider.

  • New Apprenticeship Agreements are required to include a “Commitment Statement” this will need to be signed by the employer, apprentice and a parent/carer if the apprentice is 16 18 year olds. L&F will produce this for you.