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Apprenticeships

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Information for Employers

City College Norwich work closely with local employers to support and deliver Apprenticeship training across a variety of sectors – as such we can help your business to train an Apprentice.

We are experienced in delivering Apprenticeship training with over 1,400 Apprentices studying at City College Norwich. We work with hundreds of employers across the East of England to deliver high quality Apprenticeships across a range of industries.

City College Norwich work with employers to deliver Apprenticeship programmes to train both new employees and upskill existing employees – as such if your business is looking for an Approved Training Provider and would like to discuss offering an Apprenticeship at your company, get in touch with us on 01603 773365 or email EmployerPartnerships@CCN.ac.uk

What is an Apprenticeship?

  • It’s a mix of learning on the job and studying for anyone aged 16 or above.
  • It’s a real job with training.
  • It leads to nationally recognised qualifications.
  • They are available to help train both new and existing staff members.
  • They are available in a wide range of sectors.
  • They take between 1 and 4 years to complete.
  • Apprenticeships are available from Level 2 to Level 6/7
  • They can vary in duration depending on the prior skills of the apprentice, the qualification being obtained and the industry sector.
  • An apprentice will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience along with functional and practical skills required for your workplace.

Apprenticeship levels

Apprenticeships provide significant training and development which requires time and a commitment from you to support your apprentice. They are available at different levels and apprentices will start on a level dependent on the job role, their qualifications and skill set.

Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2)
This is suitable for someone who has just joined the workplace or has limited experience of the job. It is equivalent to five A-C / 4-9 GCSE passes and can last 1 – 2 years.

Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)
To start this programme, your apprentice could have five GCSEs (grade A*-C / 4 - 9) or have completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship and be working in a relevant role. It is equivalent to two A-level passes and can last 1 – 4 years.

Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4/5)
Entry requirement is a Level 3 qualification (A-Levels, Advanced Diploma or International
Baccalaureate) or to have completed an Advanced Apprenticeship and be working in a relevant role at a higher level. It is equivalent to a Foundation Degree and can last up to 3 years.

Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6/7)
Entry requirement is the required number of UCAS points or a Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject. The apprentice will gain a full Bachelor’s Degree. Degree Apprenticeships can last up to 4 years. Masters Degrees (Level 7) will be available via universities.

How can City College Norwich help?

We can work with your business to:

  • Help you decide which Apprenticeship is right for you
  • Explain the way that Apprenticeships might work for your business and what funding is available
  • Recruit an Apprentice or support your existing staff into Apprenticeships
  • Agree a training plan with your Apprentice
  • Manage the training and evaluation
  • Ensure that national quality standards are met and deliver integrated, coherent training

The important bits

There are a few things that you need to bear in mind when considering taking on an apprentices:

  • An apprentice must be employed by you for a minimum of 30 hours per week to complete the apprenticeship.
  • Apprentices need to complete 20% off the job training as part of their Apprenticeship.

Examples of this include:

Simulated exercises Receiving mentoring
Role play Industry visits/visiting other companies/suppliers
Some on line learning e.g. webinars/blended learning Attendance at competitions
Manufacturer training e.g. new equipment or technologies Visiting other employer departments
Practical training Learning support provided by you or the employer
Shadowing Time spent by the apprentice writing assessments/assignments
  • Most of the training is ‘on the job’ at your premises. The rest is delivered by us at College.
  • As with all employees, you are responsible for the apprentice’s wages and paying any tax and national insurance.
  • The length of an Apprenticeship varies depending upon the prior skills of the apprentice, the qualification being obtained and the industry sector. Generally, Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete. If you take on a 16-18 year old apprentice you only pay their salary – the government will fund their training, if you have less than 50 employees. If you have more than 50 employees, or the apprentice is aged 19 or over, as well as paying their salary you will need to make a contribution towards the cost of their training (the government will part-fund their training). If you are a Levy payer, you will pay the full cost of the Apprenticeship.
  • You can view the minimum Apprenticeship wage at https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates
*Apprenticeship Pay Survey 2007

The cost of Apprenticeship training and funding is dependent on the size of the business and payroll:

Company with less than 50 employees
  • If you take on a 16 - 18 year old Apprentice, you only pay their salary – the Government will fund their training.
  • If you take on an Apprentice aged 19 or above, you will pay their salary and 10% of the cost of training (as the Government will pay 90% of the cost).
Company with more than 50 employees
  • Regardless of the age of the Apprentice, you will pay their salary and 10% of the cost of training (as the Government will pay 90% of the cost)
Company who is a Levy Payer
  • Regardless of the age of the Apprentice, you will pay their salary and pay the full cost of the Apprenticeship Training (using your Apprenticeship Levy Account).

WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT APPRENTICESHIPS?
If you’d like to find out more about Apprenticeships, are thinking about recruiting an Apprentice or offering an existing employee an Apprenticeship, contact us on 01603 773365 or email EmployerPartnerships@CCN.ac.uk

Apprenticeship Levy

The Apprenticeship Levy is a new tax introduced by the Government. From April 2017, employers with a gross annual pay bill of more than £3 million are required to spend 0.5% of the total on the levy.

It is payable monthly through PAYE and can only be spent on Apprenticeship training delivered by approved providers such as City College Norwich. If you do not spend the money on Apprenticeship training it will essentially be an additional monthly cost to your business and a lost opportunity to grow and develop your workforce.

The levy was introduced to increase the number of apprentices, but, importantly, also encourage employers to up-skill existing employees through Apprenticeship training.

The mix and balance of apprenticeships required to spend the levy effectively needs to be broad. Employers need to take into account recruitment planning, succession planning, appraisal cycles and the strategic direction of the business. We can help you.

Strategic planning
At City College Norwich we are working with employers to make sure that their plans are well-developed and sustainable. This means that they take account of the opportunities to develop staff across the organisation and at all levels – not just new apprentices and junior positions.

A complete service
We have an outstanding reputation for providing a broad range of Apprenticeships to employers across the region. Unlike many other providers, we offer Apprenticeships from Level 2 through to degree level. This means that we can look at employer needs across all levels and advise on a strategic, long term approach for their business.

An approved provider
City College Norwich is an approved provider of Apprenticeships and works with over 800 employers delivering Apprenticeships in hundreds of industries. Combined with being a levy payer ourselves, we are in the best position to advise on a suitable approach to your business.

As such, if your company are a Levy Payer and would like to discuss Apprenticeships further, contact us on 01603 773365 or email EmployerPartnerships@CCN.ac.uk to find out how we can work together.

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