Apprenticeships are changing 

As part of the Government’s vision to increase apprenticeships, from May 2017 apprenticeships will be funded differently. The main change will be the introduction of an Apprenticeship Levy

If you are UK employer who pays over £3 million in payroll per year, you are automatically classed as a ‘levy paying employer’. This means that you will pay a levy of 0.5% on payroll over £3 million.

Even if your pay bill is less than this, funding will be different, and the new process of employing an apprentice will be the same for all employers.  This includes the introduction of a digital apprenticeship service account and a training provider register. 

Although changes can be challenging, this new way of funding apprenticeships gives control to you, the employer, and still provides an excellent way of training existing staff and recruiting new staff in to the sector.

You can find more information from the following links:

- Visit Skills for Care

- Apprenticeship Training Providers

- New Apprenticeship Standards

- Booklet on new Apprenticeship Standards from Skills for Care

For a presentation on the new world of apprenticeships, click here.

Here's a useful sheet showing a table of the new roles and the training and testing needed:

- New Apprenticeship Roles and Training and Testing Needed

Employers report a multitude of benefits from taking on apprentices.

According to research by Skills for Care, each apprentice will increase business revenue by almost £10,000 over the course of their apprenticeship.

And employers say they believe using apprenticeships helps improve recruitment processes, reduces costs, improves productivity, raises the organisation’s profile and improves the quality of care.

Apprenticeships are built around the needs of the employer. It’s a work-based programme of learning - for a specified amount of time - leading to a recognised qualification or set of qualifications.

An apprenticeship can take anywhere from 12 months to two years to complete, depending on the level of the apprenticeship and the number of hours the apprentice will be working. In order to cover all of the criteria, a minimum of 30 hours a week is recommended.

All apprentices should meet values based recruitment standards.