Businesses & Staff
Apprenticeships are the proven way to train your workforce. They can make your organisation more effective, productive and competitive by addressing your skills gaps directly, whether you are hiring a new employee or up skilling a current member of staff.
You may think you know all about Apprenticeships; after all they’ve been around for decades. But you may not be aware of how much they’ve changed. Here are a few facts that you may not know about Apprenticeships:
- They’re not just for teenagers. Details+
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16, with no upper age limit.
- Existing staff can complete one. Details+You don’t have to hire a new member of staff - your current employees can formalise their knowledge and gain new skills through an Apprenticeship.
- Not just for entry-level positions. Details+Learners can go straight on to an Advanced Level Apprenticeship, which is a Level 3 qualification. It is aimed at supervisors and people who have a considerable amount of responsibility and autonomy.
- There isn't a mountain of paperwork. Details+Our Employer Engagement Team will do the hard work for you.
- Learners gain nationally recognised qualifications. Details+On completion of an Apprenticeship learners achieve an New QCF NVQ qualification, Functional Skills and in some cases a Technical Certificate.
- An apprentice also gains transferable skills. Details+
Apprenticeships also include Functional Skills in English, maths and in some cases IT. These can be applied to other roles too. Note: If the learner already gained these qualifications at college they can skip this bit.
Good for learners
- Earn as you learn – the employer pays you a wage as you study.
- Fits in around your job – our assessors will work around you, and with Care Training East Midlands you don’t need to go into a classroom so can do full time hours at work.
- Gain transferable skills – these will be of use even if you choose to change careers at a later date.
- Increase future career prospects – apprentices often move up the ranks of a company significantly more quickly.
- Unit-based structure – you don’t have to repeat what you’ve already studied.
Good for business
- Reduce recruitment costs – training current staff or hiring a new person as an apprentice is more cost effective than recruiting pre-skilled staff.
- Increase productivity – 76% of employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive.*
- Increase staff loyalty – 80% of employers who employ apprentices feel that Apprenticeships reduce staff turnover.*
- Nationally recognised – provides a ready-made framework for quality initiatives such as Investors in People, Total Quality Management and ISO 9001:2000.
*Surveyed by Populus.
Who it’s suitable for
Learners need to be:
- 16 years old or older; and
- working for a minimum of 30 hours a week in a suitable role; and
- paid by the employer (for more details about apprentice’s wages visit the Apprenticeship website); and
- a British Citizen, from an EU member country or have lived in the UK for 3 years or more (and have been given the right to remain).
What the difference is between levels
Intermediate Level is for new employees or someone with some knowledge or experience of the role.
The Advanced Level requires the learner to have added responsibilities – they will be working on their own initiative, planning and organising their own work and/or supervising others.
|Subject||Who it’s for||Level|
|Children & Young People’s Workforce||Early years staff and nursery nurses.||Intermediate »|
|Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools||Teaching/classroom assistants, special needs assistants and language support.||Intermediate »|
|Health & Social Care||Care assistants, key workers, healthcare assistants and support workers.||Intermediate »|
|Business & Administration||Admin staff, PAs, secretaries and administration clerks.||Intermediate »|
|Customer Service||Receptionists.||Intermediate »|
|Warehousing & Storage||Warehouse Operatives and Fork Lift Truck Drivers.||Intermediate »|
If you are an employer, or want to complete a qualification at your current workplace, please click here to contact us.
Our Employer Engagement Team will let you know what funding you are eligible for and take you through the enrolment process.
Our Employer Engagement Team also have knowledge of the latest grants available to recruiting employers and will support you to apply for them.
Free apprentice recruitment service
If you require new staff we will support you to advertise any vacancies you have on the Apprenticeship website, where suitable applicants can apply. You can then choose your ideal candidates to start as an apprentice. Find out more about how we can help you recruit an apprentice free of charge.