We know there’s a lot to consider, so we’ve rounded up the benefits of apprenticeships, how they work, costs and funding, and the support expected from employers.
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Our programmes are made up of a practical period, in which an apprentice must complete 6.5 hours per week ‘off the job’ study time, and a gateway / assessment period when the delivery of content and learning has finished, and the apprentice is preparing to take their exam.
Study time could be one day from home a week, in school or split across mornings and afternoons - the exact arrangement should be arranged between the apprentice and their line manager.
All employees working 30+ hours per week must complete this entitlement for the duration of the 18-month programme, during their normal working hours. If they work less than 30 hours per week, they will spend 20% of their weekly hours on ‘off the job’ study, and their programme would be extended.
Once an apprentice enters the gateway period (a maximum of three months after the learning delivery has finished), they no longer need 6.5 hours of study time per week. We can support with creating a plan that works for everyone. Once agreed, the time commitments for your apprentice will be detailed in their Training Plan before their start date.
Developing staff doesn’t have to be expensive.With apprenticeships, we don’t just cover the cost of training, you can save on salary costs too.
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For staff working in a United Learning school, the programmes are fully funded by United Learning’s contribution to the government’s apprenticeship levy. This means that the training cost is completely free to apprentices and their schools. Training refers to the curriculum and delivery of the programme and of the end point assessment. This is also the case for external levy paying employers.
If you don’t pay the apprenticeship levy as an employer, you can still benefit. You’ll need to pay just 5% towards the cost of each apprenticeship, the rest is funded by government co-investment through the Apprenticeship Service. The remaining 5% can be invoiced on a schedule that works for you and helps you manage your budget effectively. Current funding through the apprenticeship levy:
#Costs and funding (col-12 col-lg-6)
You either save 100% on staff training costs as a levy payer or save 95% on training costs as a non-levy payer. For staff that you put forward for an apprenticeship, whether as new recruits or existing staff, their salary and employment costs remain your responsibility as their employer.
We provide them with the training package: input – assessment = qualification, for free or 95% funded.
The maximum cost of training for a Teaching Assistant is £5,000. A levy payer/small employer would pay £0, and a non-levy payer would pay £250, meaning a saving of £4,750 from your school budget.
Find out more about how apprenticeships funding works for employers.
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We know learning is more effective when it happens as part of a learning community. Having access to a supportive network will motivate and inspire your staff as they work towards their qualification. This is why we make sure our apprentices can access all the support they need from us throughout the programme.
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We’ve also made sure the curriculum is written and ready to be delivered. This means that you can focus on supporting your apprentice to apply their new knowledge and skills instead of spending precious time planning and writing tasks yourself. We know what school life is like, so we aim to be as flexible as possible and are there to support you and the apprentice whenever you need.