Implementing Apprenticeships in your Business?

With some fantastic Government backed incentive payments, now is the right time!
  • How do apprenticeships benefit your employees?

    Apprenticeships will benefit you, your business, and your employees. An apprentice can be just starting their career or could be further along their career path. Either way, an apprenticeship will provide valuable, professional and technical skills and higher-level qualifications.

    Our experienced team will work with you to establish your apprenticeship requirement strategy and play a key role in delivering your recruitment via our free apprenticeship recruitment service. You may be looking for one apprentice to fulfil a specific job role or, you may be looking to upskill your entire workforce. We will align with your recruitment requirements, available positions and projects to help you create a responsive workforce with a culture of learning and continuous development.

    • Our training programmes are highly relevant to individual job roles, providing employees with skills that align to their job and career goals
    • Apprenticeships help people develop agile thinking while promoting a culture of learning and continues development, which unlocks potential
    • New Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours can be applied instantly in their job role, building confidence to aid productivity
    • Job satisfaction creates a culture where employees contribute more to your business

    Our Expertise

    The Apprenticeship training programmes, called ‘Standards’, have been developed by employers, training providers, professional bodies and the government. The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education sponsored by The Department for Education are key in developing ‘Standards’ of the highest quality. This means the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours specific to the ‘Standard’ are developed throughout the apprenticeship, skills and behaviours are given equal weighting to the technical knowledge. In addition to completing various exams, assignments and portfolio/reflective journal, the apprentice must also pass an End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of their programme.

    Instead of being assessed continually throughout their course, all apprentices now have to complete an End Point Assessment to complete their qualification. The EPA is designed to test whether each apprentice has gained the knowledge, skills and behaviours outlined in the standard, and grade each learner according to their performance.

  • Funding an Apprenticeship

    You can get help from the government to pay for apprenticeship training

    The amount you get depends on whether you pay the apprenticeship levy or not. You pay the levy if you’re an employer with a wage bill over £3 million each year. If this is the case, you are regarded as a Levy Paying Employer.

    If your wage bill is less than £3 million each year, you will not contribute towards the levy and be regarded as a Non-Levy employer.

    We have detailed below the funding requirements for Levy and Non-Levy employers, please review the section relevant to your company.

    Levy Employers

    As an employer with a pay bill of more than £3 million, you’re required to pay the apprenticeship levy. You can manage funds using the apprenticeship service and spend it on training and assessing your apprentices.

    The government will apply a 10% top up to the funds you have in your account.

    If you don’t have enough funds, you just pay 5% of the outstanding balance and the government will pay the rest. This is up to the funding band maximum allocated to each specific apprenticeship.

    Transfer funds to another employer

    If you have unused apprenticeship funds, you can transfer them to another employer using the apprenticeship service. This will support them to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment.

    You can find employers who want to receive a transfer by:

    • working with employers in your supply chain
    • getting in touch with employers in your industry
    • contacting an Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA)
    • working with regional partners

    You can transfer a maximum of 25% of your levy funds.

    Non - Levy Employers

    As an employer that doesn’t pay the apprenticeship levy, you pay just 5% towards the cost of training and assessing an apprentice

    The government will pay the rest up to the funding band maximum.

    You’ll pay the training provider directly and agree on a payment schedule.

    If you employ fewer than 50 employees, the government will pay 100% of the apprenticeship training costs up to the funding band maximum for apprentices aged:

    • 16 to 18
    • 19 to 24 years old and has an education, health and care plan provided by their local authority or has been in the care of their local authority
    Receiving a transfer of levy funds

    Employers who pay the apprenticeship levy can choose to transfer any unused funds to another employer, using the apprenticeship service.

    You can find employers who may want to transfer funds by:

    • talking to Solveway
    • working with employers in your supply chain
    • getting in touch with employers in your industry
    • working with regional partners

    A levy-paying employer can transfer a maximum of 25% of their levy funds.

    Incentive payments common to Levy and Non-Levy Employers

    To help businesses offer new apprenticeships, employers will be able to claim an incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021.

    For every apprentice that is a new employee to your business, you will get up to £2,000 if they are aged 16 to 24 and up to £1,500 if they are 25 or over.

    The incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice is designed to support employers to find the skills they need to help recover from the economic impact of COVID-19 whilst creating new jobs.

    Employers can also receive an additional payment of £1,000 if the apprentice starts the apprenticeship aged:

    • 16 to 18
    • 19 to 24 years old and has an education, health and care plan provided by their local authority or has been in the care of their local authority
  • What is 'Off the job training'

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) funding rules explain that ‘Off-the-job training’ is training received by the apprentice, during the apprentice’s paid hours, for the purpose of achieving their apprenticeship. It’s not training delivered for the sole purpose of enabling the apprentice to perform the work for which they have been employed.

    All apprentices are required to undertake 20% OTJ training. This is defined as learning which is done outside of the normal day-to-day working environment. It also counts as one of the key elements towards completing an apprenticeship.

    20% doesn't have to mean one day per week

    One of the great ‘myths’ of apprenticeships is that employers assume that 20% means one day per week out of the office. While this could be one way to achieve the 20% requirement, it certainly does not need to be that prescriptive.

    In our experience, it's helpful for apprentices to have some time which is allocated to study. Solveway's experienced work coaches will be able to provide all the support required to complete the OTJ training element of the apprenticeship.

    Understanding the 20% OTJ from the outset

    It's important to stress that the 20% OTJ training is a funding requirement of an apprenticeship, as set out in the funding rules by the ESFA (more guidance here). It's purpose is to give your employees the best opportunity to be successful in their Apprenticeship. If 20% off-the-job time is not given, then it isn't a valid Apprenticeship.

    The 20% OTJ time is so important to Apprenticeship regulations that if an employer isn't providing the time, then the Apprenticeship would have to be stopped.

  • FAQ's

    Are there any other costs for the employer?

    For some Apprenticeships, there may be additional exam, resit and Professional body registration costs. This would be specified in the employer contract. And non levy payers are liable for 5% of costs.

    Can the apprentice pay for any element of their apprenticeship? For example their exam fees?

    No, the apprentice cannot pay for any element of their Apprenticeship before, during or after their apprenticeship, for example exam fees, resits or membership fees.

    How can I enrol apprentices with Solveway?

    It's important that the apprentice is currently in employment and in a role which enables them to meet all the requirements of the relevant apprenticeship standard. If so, then the apprentice will be required to complete an application form, skill scan and various enrolment forms. Employers will need to complete various enrolment paperwork and are required to sign a standard commitment statement with Solveway.

    When will the apprentice start their programme?

    Every apprentice must complete our onboarding process, this needs to be done before they can officially start their programme. Onboarding includes, application form, commitment statement/apprenticeship agreement and skill scan. The apprentice will then attend an induction day at Solveway, these are run once every month, this then starts their apprenticeship journey.

    Will my apprentice be able to resit any of the course or exams?

    Yes, with Solveway, your apprentices can continue studying for free, but the resit exams must be funded by the employer.

    When is an Apprenticeship officially completed?

    Once the learner has successfully completed their End Point Assessment and have received their apprenticeship certificate. Please note only one attempt at End Point Assessment is included in our prices. Only when the result of the EPA is released and certificate received, can an apprentice progress onto the next level of apprenticeship.