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Are you ready for the Apprenticeship Reforms in May 2017?

The apprenticeship funding landscape is changing. The Government have announced targets to deliver 3 million quality apprenticeship starts across England by 2020. To support delivery of this ambition, a new apprenticeship levy will be introduced in May 2017.

Key Points:

The new funding system starts in May 2017
There will be a £1,000 Employer Payment for each 16-18 apprenticeship start 
There will be a 10% (£200 - £400 initially) employer cash contribution required for all 19+ apprenticeship starts
Employers with an annual wage bill of £3m or more will be required to contribute 0.5% of the total to the levy  (A new tax that will fund their apprenticeships)
Current apprenticeship frameworks will change to apprenticeship standards over the next 12-24 months with Independent End Point Assessments (EPA) introduced replacing current model of continuous assessment 
For more information and resources relating to the upcoming reforms visit the gov.uk website.
To find out more about how the reforms may affect your business and to discuss your options in more detail, contact us on:


0800 0281 576 / info@hoet.co.uk 


Heart of England Training was recognised as one of the 'best training providers in the UK' during our most recent Ofsted inspection.

We offer you a range of training & recruitment solutions from apprenticeships to QCF NVQs, day courses and bespoke packages to suit the needs of your business.  A business development adviser will be happy to complete a complimentary organisational training needs analysis (OTNA) with you at your convenience to ascertain the needs of your business. 

Above all else, we pride ourselves in our flexibility to work with you and deliver exactly what your business requires.

Please follow the buttons above to read more about funded recruitment and training through apprenticeships and other courses.

We currently work with over 500 employers from small businesses to multinationals and local authorities.

Click here to access an overview on apprenticeships for new employers, download our employer guide here.







Q. How does the new law on education and training for 16 and 17 year olds affect business?

A. They have to stay in education, not neccessarily school, until the end of the academic year in which they turn 18.  This could be an apprenticeship with you. 

Q. How do I recruit an apprentice for my business?

A. Contact your local recruitment adviser, we can advertise your vacancy for you free of charge on the National apprenticeship website - http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/

Q. Is there a charge for recruiting apprentices?

A. No, we provide this service free of charge however we do wish to provide the training for the young people that we recruit on your behalf.

Q. How do other employers rate us?

A. In 2014/ 2015 97% of our employers surveyed said they would recommend us to another employer.  

Q. Do I have to pay an apprentice?

A. Yes, an apprenticeship is a full time employed position. The minimum rate that an apprentice should be paid in their first year is £3.40 per hour (accurate as of 1st October 2016).  For further information on the minimum wage and how it relates to apprentices visit http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/nmw/ 


Q. Will I be involved in the training?

A. You will be asked to be involved in a ten-weekly review of your apprentice/NVQ candidate’s progress as a minimum requirement. However, we encourage you to take as active a part in the programme as you can to maximise the benefit to your organisation. 

Q. Will I have to release my apprentice/NVQ candidate for training?

A. We offer day release training in our training centres as an option. If this is not suitable for your companies needs, we can visit your apprentice/NVQ candidate in your workplace. This usually takes place fortnightly and your apprentice/NVQ candidate will require some time between visits to complete their work.

Q. Does my apprentice need to be issued with a contract of employment?

A.Yes.  Information regarding contracts of employment can be found at  

Q. Is there a cost involved in training my current staff?

A. Our apprenticeship and NVQ/QFC training programmes are mostly Government funded for eligible staff.  Currently most staff in the 16 - 24 age bracket are funded, however there is some availability for anyone up to 65  (please ask for eligibility details).  Please refer to the range of qualifications in the apprenticeship and NVQ/QCF section of this website to browse qualification details from retail level 2 to management level 5, funded for you.  Where staff are not eligible we will be pleased to supply a competitive quotation.

Q. Can you supply a young person to help us on a temporary basis?

A. Yes, We usually have a choice of young people on our full time study programmes who are keen to gain experience in a company such as yours.

Q. What else can you offer my company?

A. You’ll have the support of a business development advisor who will be happy to visit you to discuss your needs at any time. We will keep you up to date with new developments such as funding and new qualification via our quarterly newsletter, monthly email update and social media channels and promote the achievements of your staff.  We also encourage companies to put themselves and their staff forward for the annual apprenticeship awards.

Q. How can I be sure that my company is a suitable environment for a young person?

A. Your local business development adviser will help you to make that decision.  They will conduct a health and safety/ safeguarding audit with you to ensure that an apprentice will be safeguarded.

Q. Where can I find current funding related information?

A. Most of our work related qualifications and training are funded through the Skills Funding Agency.  You can read thier regular business updates by visiting https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/skills-funding-agency-business-update  

Q. What should I do if I have any concerns about the safety or welfare of someone in my workplace?

A. You can contact Heart of England Training Safeguarding leads - Jan Gibson or Matthew Barry on 0800 0281 576 or email safeguarding@hoet.co.uk .  It might be more appropriate to contact your local safeguarding board:

Warwickshire:             Warwickshire Safeguarding Children Board
                                         01926 742510

Coventry:                       Coventry Safeguarding Children Board
                                         02476 833443

Leicester:                      Leicester Local Safeguarding Children Board
                                         01162 60004

Birmingham:                 Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board
                                         0121 464 2612

You can get a copy of our safeguarding children and vulnerable adults policy, procedure and referral form here

For further information please download our guide to safeguarding here

For information on dermatitis see our two information card: Myths and Spotting the problem

Q. Is Heart of England Training regulated?                                                                                        

A. Yes, we are inspected and graded by OFSTED.  If you work with us it is likely that you will be asked to be involved in the inspection process.  For more information visit www.ofsted.gov.uk

Q. What can I do if I have a complaint about funded training?

A. Speak to a member of our staff in the first instance.  The SFA guidance can be found here 

Q. Where can I find information regarding equality and diversity?

A. You can get a copy of our equality and diversity policy here

For further information please download our guide to equality and diversity here

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