Apprenticeships offer Employers the ideal solution to securing the necessary skills, knowledge and experience within their business to ensure sustainable growth for the future. With the support of Developing U we can deliver short, medium and long term returns to overall business productivity and give your business an added competitive edge in the market.
Our Apprenticeship Programmes have proven this time and again and helped our Employers to recruit, train and progress, their next generation of employees, to their own high standard.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can the Apprenticeship Programme be tailored to our business?
Yes, apprentice Programmes are industry specific and built around a “Framework” which can be tailored to your business requirements to include the latest techniques, practices, technology and processes from within your sector. There are over 1500 Apprenticeship Frameworks across more than 170 industry sectors in the UK available at Intermediate, Advance and High (Degree) Level.
How long is the Apprenticeship Programme?
Apprenticeship Programmes vary depending on the level of Apprenticeship and all Apprenticeship have a minimum completion period to ensure the highest quality of learning and delivery. Typically an Apprenticeship Programme will run for 12 months (Level 2) to 4 up to years depending on the level of Apprenticeship.
Who will provide the Training?
Apprenticeships are a partnership between Employer and Training Provider with the “off the job” learning provided by the Training Provider (Developing U) and “on the job” learning provider by the Employer.
The programme is split into 3 main parts:
- Competence (practical knowledge or “off the job” learning)
- Functions Skills (Mathematics, English and ICT)
- Technical Element, sometimes known as the theoretical knowledge (“of the job” learning).
The apprentice will also be giving training on Employer Rights & Responsibilities (ERR) and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) as part of the their programme.
How many hours a week can an apprentice work?
Apprenticeships fall under the Working Time Regulations (1998) as any other employee with some added restrictions depending on the age of your apprentice. The maximum weekly working hours for an apprentice under the age of 18 is 40 hours per week, for 18+ it is 48 hours.
Under Apprenticeship guidelines as outlined by the Skills Funding Agency, an apprentice must be employed and work a minimum of 30 hours per week.
What is the average wage for an Apprentice?
The national average for an apprentice wage is around £12,000 per annum with some of the most competitive Apprenticeships paying up to £25,000. Some Employers also like to introduce an annual salary increase or review for the apprentice as an incentive, based on achieving set targets and objectives
The national minimum wage for an apprentice is just £3.50 however from our experience we highly recommend against this to ensure for your apprentice, a stable financial platform to cover basic cost of living including transportation costs and allow them to focus on achieving the objectives of their Apprenticeship.
Is there an age restriction on Apprenticeships?
No, however the age of the apprentice does effect the funding provided by the Skills Funding Agency and in some cases an Employer Contribution may be requested to support the cost of delivering the Apprenticeship.
For 16 – 18 Year olds, the Skills Funding Agency will provide 100% of the funding.
For 19 – 24 Year olds this is reduced to 50% with the remaining 50% coming via an Employer Contribution.
For 24 Years + Advanced-Level and Higher Apprenticeship frameworks for over 24 year olds are now eligible for Adult Skills Funding.
If someone has already completed a Degree, HNC or Level 4 Apprenticeship, are they eligible?
Typically anyone who has completed a higher qualification or degree are not eligible to access Apprenticeship funding, however there are some exceptions and we recommend contacting us for clarification on 0845 226 3454.
Where can I learn more about Apprenticeships?
A great source for Employers regarding Apprenticeships is the www.gov.uk/further-education-skills/apprenticeships
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