What is an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship is a training programme designed to develop job-related skills, knowledge and competencies in a particular professional area.
It’s not just for young people; an Apprenticeship can be viewed as a development programme for the whole workforce.
It’s an excellent way of providing effective skills and training for members of staff who have not achieved a degree level qualification.
What is my obligation as an employer?
As an employer you must:
- Employ an Apprentice for a minimum of 30 hours and ensure they have a contract of employment
- Pay at least the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices
- A Contract of Employment for their Apprentice
- Have Employers Liability Insurance and ensure working conditions are both healthy and safe for the Apprentice
- Be fully supportive of the training programme and allow College attendance when required and visits in the work place from College staff. For most programmes, the Apprentice will attend College one day a week
- Allow potential Apprentices to be assessed in literacy and numeracy before being accepted onto the programme
What are the benefits for me as an employer?
- Provides positive return on investment
- Reduced training and recruitment costs
- Improve productivity and staff retention
- Develop an Apprentice to the individual requirements of your business
- You could be eligible to receive a financial incentive for taking on an Apprentice
Is it true that Apprenticeships are not for top students?
Apprenticeships are an alternative route to university, not a second rate option.
Many students are accepted onto Apprenticeships because they have demonstrated that they are career focused and want to enter straight into the world of work.
Are Apprentices at a disadvantage because they do not have a degree?
Apprenticeships offer young people a wealth of different qualifications and training.
Many schemes offer foundation degrees and degrees as part of the program, so young people can get the same qualification as their university peers while working at the company and applying the learnt skills.
Do university students have better career prospects than Apprentices?
Despite recent reports, the average retention rate for Apprentices and school leavers among top employers currently sits at 91%.
Apprentices report that many of their peer equivalents are struggling to get jobs, and with competition among graduates increasing, it does not look likely that this will be resolved soon. In fact, the success rate for getting on an Apprenticeship is currently higher than a graduate position.
Do university graduates earn more money than former Apprentices?
Although graduates typically start work after university at a higher wage, this doesn’t take into account the debt they have to repay.
Apprentices begin earning the moment they step through the door of the programme and are entitled to at least the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices but are often paid more than this.
Apprenticeships must also be seen as an investment in future career opportunities and earnings. As skills develop, many employers tend to increase wages.
Why choose Sparsholt and Andover College?
- First rate industry-standard training facilities
- Industry experienced staff
- A proven track record of Apprenticeship programme delivery
- Dedicated Apprenticeship Liaison offices to assist every step of the way