Apprenticeship Basics for Employers
Apprenticeships are funded by the Skills Funding Agency and often co-funded by the European Social Fund and the SFA set the following rules:
- If your apprentice is new to your business please ensure you have provided him/her with an induction and a written contract of employment.
- Employment must be for at least 30 hours per week, except in circumstances where the apprentice cannot meet these hours. In these cases employment must be for more than 16 hours per week.
- Please ensure that you pay your apprentice at least the minimum hourly rate. This can be found at https://www.gov.uk/take-on-an-apprentice
- If the apprentice has been employed with you for a period before being enrolled they will need to have been paid at least the national minimum wage during this time.
- Please meet with us on a minimum ten-weekly basis to review learning and progress towards achievement targets.
English and maths - are a key part of apprenticeship frameworks in the form of Functional skills or GCSES and ICT is often also included. Apprentices will be required to attend our training centres to take tests where travel distance is less than ten miles.
Raising of the participation age for education and training (RPA) - The government has raised the participation age in England. A change in the law means that all young people are now required to continue in education or training until their 18th birthday.
Ensuring Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – We will work with you and your apprentice in the most appropriate way to meet their individual needs and to ensure that they are treated fairly and benefit from a wide range of support if required. If you would like to attend one of our workshops please contact Rachel Timms or Lynette Crane on 0800 0281 576 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safeguarding and the Prevent agenda (Prevent is the Governments strategy to stop people being drawn into terrorism) – Our staff are trained to recognise and report anything that may be a cause for concern. If you would like to attend one of our workshops please contact Jan Gibson or Matthew Barry on 0800 0281 576 or email@example.com.
Quality assurance – 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. To reflect Ofsted practices our quality assurance team will wish to observe our staff delivering training/ assessment to your apprentice periodically. These visits could be ‘unannounced’ to the trainer/ assessor however we will always seek appropriate permission on arrival at your premises. We will ask you to give us your views on the quality of our service to help us to make improvements in our programmes. We also would encourage you to feedback on your experience by visiting www.employerview.ofsted.gov.uk