What are apprenticeships?
Apprenticeships offer a robust approach to work-based learning by ensuring that learners gain practical skills, experience and knowledge to meet organisational needs now and in the future, through offering both on and off the job learning.
Apprentices tend to be keen, flexible, motivated and loyal to the organisation that has invested in them. They have typically chosen a vocational approach to developing their career in your business. Apprenticeships aid employee retention as their commitment and motivation will include completing the qualification.
Read GOV.UK's Employer Guide to Apprenticeships.
What subjects/industries do apprenticeships cover?
Apprenticeships have come a long way from their traditional routes. Any organisation can benefit from the frameworks offered by the Apprenticeship Programme which includes subjects and diverse as:
- Beauty and Hairdressing
- Business Administration
- Customer Service
- Catering and Professional Cookery
- Child Care and Education
- Creative and Digital Media
- Electrical Installation
- Health and Social Care
- IT and Telecoms
- Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair
- and more
View our Apprenticeship Brochure here.
Who is eligible for an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are open to your existing staff and/or your new recruits. Apprentices:
- can be any age as long as they are over 16.
- should be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week.
- must be UK residents (or resident for a minimum of 5 years).
- must not already hold a degree.
How are apprenticeships delivered?
Delivery of an apprenticeship is delivered through both on-and-off-the-job 'learning' and 'assessment of competence in the workplace'. The assessor comes to you!
Some apprenticeships such as Engineering, Electrical, Motor Vehicle and Accountancy require attendance at Newbury College for one day per week.
Apprentices will be required to attend an initial induction at the College, following which the Assessor will meet with you and your apprentice to agree elective options. The assessor will then meet with you and your apprentice regularly to undertake assessment in the workplace.
Further attendance at Newbury College for Functional Skills workshops may be required (see 'What are Funtional Skills?').
What are Functional Skills?
All apprenticeships require learners to achieve English, Maths and/or ICT qualifications.
If you recruit a candidate with a minimum of five GCSEs including Maths, English and ICT at grade 4/C or higher then they will not be required to take Functional Skills, provided they can produce their certificate.
How much does it cost?
There is government funding available for some apprenticeships. This is dependent on the age of the candidate you recruit. There is more funding (and therefore a lower contribution required from the employer) for younger candidates.
The national minimum wage for apprentices is £3.90 (from 01 April 2019) and applies to time spent working plus time spent training as part of the Apprenticeship. Employers are free to pay above this figure and generally most do in the West Berkshire area.
Some of the points to consider when recruiting an apprentice:
- Apprentices can be employed on a permanent or fixed-term contract basis. The contract should allow the apprentice sufficient time to complete their qualification.
- The terms and conditions of employment can be unique to the apprentice(s).
During term time Newbury College runs regular business breakfast meetings designed to provide employers with information about apprenticeships programmes. For more information or to sign up to an event, visit our News & Events page.
Find out what employers think of apprenticeships.
How do I recruit an apprentice?
If you are considering recruiting an Apprentice or offering the opportunity to an existing member of staff we will work with you to identify the most appropriate apprenticeship and recruit the best candidate.
We will support your recruitment campaign to help generate applications by:
- the National Apprenticeship Scheme website – we can submit the vacancy on your behalf as your training provider.
- circulating to JobCentre Plus and Sovereign Housing (who will also circulate on our behalf).
- promotion to our database of registered apprenticeship applicants who are looking for suitable roles.
- promotion to our campus of suitable learners.