Aylesbury College has for many years been the largest provider of apprenticeships across Buckinghamshire and regularly produces high success rates, exceeding national average performance.
Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to national recognised qualifications. You can use Apprenticeships to train both new and existing employees – you pay the Apprentice’s wages, the government funds the training.
Apprenticeships are designed by the Sector Skills Councils in consultation with business representatives from the relevant industry sector to develop the course content. The training will be relevant for your industry because they genuinely understand your business.
Depending on the sector and job role an Apprenticeship can take anything between one and four years to complete. It is a package of on and off-the-job training and qualifications.
Facts and Figures
- Over 80% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive
- 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices
- The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is £3.40 per hour. Many employers prefer to pay more however, and research shows that the average salary is approx. £257 per week
- Employers who take on a 16-18 year old apprentice only pay their salary. The Government will fund their training
- There are more than 200 different types of Apprenticeships available offering over 1,200 job roles
- 92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce
- 83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future
- One in five employers are hiring more apprentices to help them through the tough economic climate
As an employer what’s my role in an Apprenticeship?
We ask for your encouragement. The most successful apprentices are those that have supportive employers, who really value the contribution their apprentices make and are interested in developing them to add value to their business.
This generally involves the following:
- Help apprentices develop their knowledge and skills by providing a wide range of learning and training opportunities
- Allow apprentices to attend off-the-job training sessions, these will be agreed with you in advance
- Help apprentices put into practice what they have learnt during off-the-job training sessions
- Give apprentices time in the workplace to compile their Apprenticeship portfolios
Specialist Trainer Assessors will visit the workplace on a regular basis to complete reviews documenting your trainee’s progress and on-site assessments relating to their Apprenticeship – you will need to allow time for these visits. In terms of Health & Safety, you will need to comply with all current legislation, and provide initial and ongoing health and safety training, along with providing all necessary personal protective clothing.
You will also need to ensure that apprentices are properly supervised by a competent person, and that apprentices are covered under public and employer’s liability insurance.