Boost your business with an Apprentice
Hundreds of businesses now have Apprentices joining them to add new skills, add capacity in light of increased workloads, or as part of their succession planning. Many are enrolling existing members of staff on an Apprenticeship programme, allowing them to upskill and fill skills gaps within their organisation. Our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team offer specialist support to help recruit the right Apprentice for you, and provide the skills and qualifications training to support them in their role.
What is an Apprenticeship?
As well as being available in traditional trades such as hairdressing, car mechanics, engineering and construction, members of staff can also receive Apprenticeship training in professional sectors such as accountancy, business, management, IT and digital, marketing and many more. Apprenticeships are for anyone over the age of 16, and training programmes typically last between 12 – 18 months, but depending on level they can last up to four years.
How does an Apprenticeship work?
- Truro and Penwith College’s recruitment team can help you recruit the right Apprentice for your business, by promoting vacancies as well as identifying individuals from our Talent Bank of potential candidates. View Apprenticeship jobs we are currently recruiting here.
- Once the Apprentice is identified and employed a training programme starts including on and off the job training. This includes a range of nationally recognised qualifications and if the Apprentice hasn’t already achieved relevant qualifications, maths, English and IT if relevant to the role.
- Apprentices will have a dedicated training assessor and training at the College is led by trainers who are experts in their industry.
- As an employer you will set the wage for your Apprentices at the start of the Apprenticeship. To attract the right candidates this needs to be competitive and many employers build in incentives to recognise achievement. Contact us for up-to-date information on grants and funding, including the Apprenticeship Levy (new for 2017).
Are there any guidelines on salary?
If an Apprentice is aged between 16 -18, or older and in the first year of their Apprenticeship, they must be paid at least £3.50 / hour (April 2017), after this they are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age. The average Apprenticeship wage in Cornwall is £5.80, we ask our employers to consider the nature of the role and offer a fair rate of pay.
The Apprenticeship Levy
Businesses with a wage bill in excess of £3m will be required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy (0.5% of your annual wage bill). Non-Levy paying businesses will need to pay a 10% contribution to training costs, typically £500 - £2,700 depending on the type and length of the Apprenticeship.
Businesses with 49 or less employees will not pay for training, if they employ an Apprentice aged 16-18. All businesses will receive £1,000 when they employ an Apprentice who is 16-18 years old.
What commitment is required of you and your business?
- As with any members of staff, commitment to their development, setting clear tasks and objectives and enabling them to develop new skills. You will also be required to meet the legal requirements of relevant legislation such as health and safety, equal opportunities and working time directive.
- A minimum 1-year contract
- Nominate a key contact or mentor for the learner.
What do I do next?
- Talk to our Apprenticeship team by calling 01872 242711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Discuss your requirements and queries with a Business Development Advisor.
- Complete a vacancy form and the College will then advertise the vacancy with the option to support you through shortlisting and interview processes if required. View vacancies we are currently advertising here.
- The College will create a timetable for agreed training
- The Apprentice starts employment with you, along with visits from their training advisor and training sessions with the College.