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In order to help you find answers to questions we are frequently asked we have put together FAQ's for Employers and Apprentices. We hope you find the answers you are looking for within these, however, if you do not please contact a member of our Team either via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01843 609300.
There is no contribution payable by you for your apprenticeship funding. If you are aged 16-18 your apprenticeship is fully funded (for employers with less than 50 employees) and if you are 19+ then your employer may have to pay a contribution towards your learning (see page 1).
There are different minimum pay rates depending on how long you have been an apprentice and your age. Go to www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates to find the latest information. The apprenticeship minimum wage is £3.50 per hour. Once you have been on programme for 1 year and are over the age of 19, the national minimum wage is applicable for your age.
Yes. The minimum number of hours required per week is 30. However, in special circumstances this can be less, but only for certain types of job roles and must be agreed by the skills funding agency. In these cases the apprenticeship will run for longer.
Not always, but the minimum contract must be for 12 months.
This is very difficult to identify as it all depends on the job role, the type of assessment which can be used and the confidence of the apprentice. That said it should take 5-6 hours each week for the duration of the apprenticeship to gather the evidence required for their portfolio. This does not include the training you will cover whilst 'on the job'.
It is a funding requirement for the employer to allow the apprentice 20% of their time to focus on their portfolio and knowledge requirements of their apprenticeship. For example, the time can be allocated on a weekly basis, with one day out of each week set aside, or for one week a month. This will include time for the Assessor to meet with the apprentice and work through the programme, facilitate assessments and set new tasks.
You will not be required to supply any additional equipment or resources. Everything you need will be provided by the employer, found in the workplace or will be provided by the assessor.
Your employer will need to provide you with all of the tools you will need to carry out your job role safely within the company.
This depends on the qualification and units being taken. Although all learners will be issued with an online e-portfolio (One File) to upload work, access assessment plans, feedback and track their progress.
You will be learning about a job role, relevant to your apprenticeship. Your training will consist of a main qualification which looks at your competency on the job; a technical certificate (if applicable), which covers the underpinning knowledge of your job; employer roles and responsibilities, which gives you the understanding of your rights as an employee and the responsibilities of your employer; Functional skills in English, Maths and ICT, if you have not already achieved this at GCSE A*-C; and finally you will achieve Personal Learning and Thinking skills.
We carry out an induction with you and the employer and through assessments ensure that you are on the right framework and level for your job role and ability.
You will be trained in a specific job role; you will have gained work experience; you will have gained a set of relevant vocational qualifications; the apprenticeship may lead to full time employment, to list a few of the benefits.
You will only need to complete Functional Skills in English and Maths if you have not achieved these qualifications at GCSE A*-C for a level 3 apprenticeship or GCSE D-E for a level 2 apprenticeship.
You may have already achieved a QCF qualification in the past, of which the credits and units may be transferable to your new qualification. Also, if you have achieved English and Maths at GCSE A*-C you will not need to retake them for your apprenticeship.
Profile do not find jobs for apprentices, but will work with you and as part of your apprenticeship your assessor will discuss job seeking, CV creation and cover letters etc. Also if appropriate you may be able to move to a higher level apprenticeship.
You can continue with your apprenticeship as long as the job you move to is the same or a similar role and the new employer is agreeable and willing to engage with the apprenticeship programme as your new employer.
Depending on the circumstances we are able to suspend your apprenticeship for up to 6 months.
It is your responsibility to work with your assessor to meet the deadlines of the tasks set. If you do not then formal procedures will be put in place by your assessor and employer. If for any reason you cannot meet a deadline, you should communicate with your assessor to discuss the issue.
Yes you can, although it is strongly advised not to as any future funding applied for may be denied.
The skills funding Agency will do everything they can to support you and find you another training provider.
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