Apprenticeships

WHAT ARE APPRENTICESHIPS AND HOW CAN AN APPRENTICE HELP YOU? 

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers and apprentices, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. They have been developed by business representatives from the relevant industry sectors and the Sector Skills Councils. Because they genuinely understand your business, the training will be relevant for your industry. You can use an Apprenticeship to train both new and existing employees, they are for anyone over the age of 16 years. Funding is available to train apprentices, please see the funding section below for more information.

Depending on the sector and job role an Apprenticeship can take anything between one and four years to complete. It is a package of on-the-job training and qualifications.

HOW LONG DO THEY TAKE?

Apprenticeships can last between 12 months and 24 months depending on the qualification and level. 

TRAINING

We offer a range of flexible delivery methods to meet the needs of both the employer and the learner. These consist of on the job training, college based training and work based supported learning. The Apprentice may wish to complete all of their qualification through work based supported learning or use a combination of delivery methods, whichever they choose they will have the support of an Assessor who will assess and develop them through workplace visits. Training is not tied to the academic year; the programme can start at any time.

HOW MUCH DO THEY COST?

As an employer you will need to pay the apprentice. The national minimum wage for Apprentices is £3.30 per hour. This applies to all Apprentices aged 16 – 18 and Apprentices aged 19 or over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. Employers are free to pay above this wage if they wish.

Apprenticeship funding is available for the qualification, the breakdown of costs is below.

AGE LEVEL COST
16 – 18 Level 2 and 3 Fully funded
19 + Level 2 and 3

Part funded with small employer/learner contribution

The funding for the qualification is paid directly to The Henley College.

LEVELS

There are three levels of Apprenticeship available:

1 - INTERMEDIATE LEVEL APPRENTICESHIPS

Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.

2 - ADVANCED LEVEL APPRENTICESHIPS

Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a Level 3 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge based qualification.

3 - HIGHER APPRENTICESHIPS

Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 4 (or higher) Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.

RECRUITMENT OF AN APPRENTICE

If you have already employed someone then all you need to do is give us a call.

If you are looking to take on an Apprentice we can assist you with recruitment by advertising your vacancies for you and by completing first interviews allowing us to forward you details of only those who may be suitable and who fit your company’s needs.

Apprentices must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week except in certain circumstances where the apprentice cannot complete the full 30 hours. In these cases they must be employed for a minimum of 16 hours per week. 

For further information on Apprenticeships please call 01491 634167 or email kwic@henleycol.ac.uk. Alternatively you can visit the National Apprenticeship Service website www.apprenticeships.org

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