Smart Training and Recruitment https://smarttar.co.uk Wed, 04 Mar 2020 09:43:25 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2 New Employer Incentive https://smarttar.co.uk/new-employer-incentive/ Fri, 10 Jul 2020 11:56:03 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7644 A new employer incentive has been announced. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a “brand new bonus” for employers to hire apprentices over the next six months. Announcing the new employer incentive during his summer statement, Sunak told the House of Commons: “We know apprenticeships work. Ninety-one per cent stay in work or go on to […]

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A new employer incentive has been announced. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a “brand new bonus” for employers to hire apprentices over the next six months.

Announcing the new employer incentive during his summer statement, Sunak told the House of Commons: “We know apprenticeships work. Ninety-one per cent stay in work or go on to further training.

“For the next six months, we are going to pay employers to create new apprenticeships.

“We will pay businesses to hire young apprentices with a new payment of £2,000 per apprentice. And we will introduce a brand new bonus for businesses to hire apprentices aged 25 and over with a payment of £1,500.”

The Treasury has since published a “plan for jobs” document, which states these payments will be in addition to the existing £1,000 incentive the government already provides for new 16 to 18 year-old apprentices and those aged under 25 with an education, health and care plan where that applies.

It means that employers could receive up to £3,000 for hiring 16 to 18-year-old apprentices from August to January.

Sunak used his speech today to confirm plans for a £2 billion “kickstart” scheme, which will pay the wages of hundreds of thousands of people aged 16 to 24 who are claiming universal credit to take six-month work placements.

He also announced a £111 million investment to triple the scale of “proven” traineeships in 2020-21, an extra £32 million for the National Careers Service to provide tailored jobs advice to a quarter of a million more young people, and £17 million of funding from the adult education budget to almost triple the number of “sector-based work academy placements” next year.


“We will pay businesses to hire young apprentices with a new payment of £2,000 per apprentice. And we will introduce a brand new bonus for businesses to hire apprentices aged 25 and over with a payment of £1,500”

Lastly, Sunak announced plans for a job retention bonus, meaning employers who bring back workers from furlough and continuously employ them until January on at least £520-a-month would receive £1,000 for each employee kept on.

Association of Employment and Learning Providers chief executive Mark Dawe said the chancellor “clearly understands that apprenticeships work and give real jobs to young people with high quality training”.

This information has been taken from FE News and you can read the full article by visiting their website.

To find out more about how this new incentive can work for your business contact us today on 0330 088 0888 or email us at Info@smarttar.co.uk

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Approved Member: AOHT https://smarttar.co.uk/approved-member-aoht/ Wed, 01 Jul 2020 10:48:09 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7616 We are proud to announce we are an approved Training Provider for the Association of Healthcare Trainers. The Association of Healthcare Trainers is one of the UK’s largest non-profit membership associations for those training within the healthcare sector, dedicated to making a significant difference to the way healthcare sector training is delivered You can view […]

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We are proud to announce we are an approved Training Provider for the Association of Healthcare Trainers.

The Association of Healthcare Trainers is one of the UK’s largest non-profit membership associations for those training within the healthcare sector, dedicated to making a significant difference to the way healthcare sector training is delivered

You can view our approved listing by clicking here

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Classic employer misconceptions about Apprenticeships https://smarttar.co.uk/classic-employer-misconceptions-about-apprenticeships/ Tue, 23 Jun 2020 09:57:33 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7567 Apprenticeships are often misunderstood by employers. We have decided to include some top misconceptions below. Apprenticeships are only for trade occupations What do you think of if someone says the word ‘apprentice’ Many think of – Plumber, joiner, electrician, builder, plasterer, a car mechanic. Basically, the classic traditional manual trades! Indeed, the older understanding of […]

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Apprenticeships are often misunderstood by employers. We have decided to include some top misconceptions below.

Apprenticeships are only for trade occupations

What do you think of if someone says the word ‘apprentice’

Many think of – Plumber, joiner, electrician, builder, plasterer, a car mechanic. Basically, the classic traditional manual trades! Indeed, the older understanding of the word ‘apprentice’ was essentially someone ‘learning a trade’. This is understandable when you think these were the staple Apprenticeships that much of this country’s industries were built on throughout the 20th century. But things have changed.

Today, Apprenticeships are available in many professional and skilled areas, such as Information Technology, Business Improvement Techniques, Customer Service, Catering, Hospitality, Food Manufacturing, Team Leading, Management and Retail. Many employers are surprised to learn of this and subsequently start to consider just how effective training an apprentice could be in helping their business develop!

They can only be used to recruit apprentices into a business

Apprenticeships can be used by employers to upskill their existing staff too, not just to train new recruits. This can be a huge benefit to any business, as better-trained and more skilled staff can only contribute to better business performance. If you also factor in the overall general boost in loyalty, enthusiasm and productivity that better-trained employees tend to demonstrate, then it’s hard not to see only positives.

We do offer a FREE Apprentice recruitment service for employers looking to recruit into their business. To find out more visit our recruitment page.

The apprentice will have to take days off to study

Some employers assume that apprentices will be constantly removed from the day-to-day business operations for course training, or must attend training off-site on a day release basis – This is not the case

Here at Smart Training and Recruitment, we deliver training directly on employer premises at times to suit the company, ensuring as little disruption to the working day as possible. During the current situation, all of our sessions are completed electronically through software that suits each learner need. Employers, of course, need to train a new apprentice in their job role and provide them with a mentor, as they would with any new staff member. 20% of an apprentice’s time in work needs to be spent in ‘off-the-job training’ however, much of this training will ‘occur naturally’ as the apprentice learns their role, shadows other members of staff and learns from their mentor. Off-the-job training also doesn’t need to be for one full day per week; it can be for a proportion of every day, one week in every five, or delivered in a block at the beginning, middle or end of the Apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships are expensive to a business

Yes, employers are responsible for paying apprentice wages, but depending on company size, Apprenticeship training may be free or be supported by an incredible Government subsidy of 95%!  Not to mention that any business employing a 16 to 18 year old apprentice can also receive a £1,000 incentive payment.

Also if you employ an apprentice under the age of 25, you may no longer have to pay employer Class 1 National Insurance contributions on their earnings up to the new Apprentice Upper Secondary Threshold. Visit the GOV website for more information by clicking here.

Apprentices can really help to address any skills gaps within a business and are a productive and effective way to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Employers who have an established Apprenticeship programme also report a 76% improvement in workplace productivity.

Is it time to offer Apprenticeships to your workforce? Get in touch with our team today to find out more. We deliver over 40 accredited & recognised qualifications

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NEW PROGRAMME! Healthcare Cleaning Operative Level 2 https://smarttar.co.uk/healthcare-cleaning-operative-level-2/ Tue, 23 Jun 2020 09:29:20 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7561 We are excited to announce we have added a new programme to our delivery portfolio! Healthcare Cleaning Operative Apprenticeship Skills Programme  This Apprenticeship Standard has been developed by 3EEE, Wamitab, Fidelis, Sodexo, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol NHS Trust, Excel Care Holdings, Royal College of Nursing, Serco, Nuffield Health, Vision Homes, […]

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We are excited to announce we have added a new programme to our delivery portfolio! Healthcare Cleaning Operative Apprenticeship Skills Programme 

This Apprenticeship Standard has been developed by 3EEE, Wamitab, Fidelis, Sodexo, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol NHS Trust, Excel Care Holdings, Royal College of Nursing, Serco, Nuffield Health, Vision Homes, NHS Property, University of Northampton, Connect 2 care, HEE and Killis to provide a high-quality structure to the programme.

We offer full remote delivery through Skype, Microsoft Teams, Whatsapp or Google Hangouts to accommodate learner needs.

Qualification Highlights

  • Routine cleaning (National standards healthcare cleanliness)
  • Use of PPE in line with NHS Cleaning Specification
  • Specialist Cleaning
  • Organisational skills
  • Deep Cleaning
  • Use of bio-chemicals
  • Safe storage
  • Rapid Response cleaning
  • Infection control and cross-contamination
  • End of life environments
  • Managing risk
  • Pest Infection

Providing development opportunities to your workforce can help to keep them focused, motivated and positive about the future.

Get in touch with our team today or download our fact sheet here

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COVID-19 – FAQ’s for Employers https://smarttar.co.uk/covid-19-faqs-for-employers/ Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:49:41 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7345 All of our employees have been furloughed, does this mean our apprentices cannot do work towards their qualification? We will continue to deliver remote teaching and learning sessions with apprentice’s where possible without affecting official ‘furlough’ guidelines, we are delivering off-job training during this period, which does not constitute work. How is the lockdown etc […]

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All of our employees have been furloughed, does this mean our apprentices cannot do work towards their qualification?

We will continue to deliver remote teaching and learning sessions with apprentice’s where possible without affecting official ‘furlough’ guidelines, we are delivering off-job training during this period, which does not constitute work.

How is the lockdown etc affecting your day to day operations i.e. tutor visits?

As of Monday 16th March, we moved to a remote/digital teaching and learning platform where this was preferred by our employers and learners (pre-lockdown cautious period)

From Monday 23rd March this is a blanket, across the board approach to all tutors/apprentices/employers. We have seen evidenced teaching and learning continue uninterrupted in the main and have been pleasantly surprised at how successful this has been.

Are the apprentices still going to be able to continue but using online resources where required?

Yes, we envisage and promote little to no interruption but of course we understand that every learner is different, and we are promoting flexibility the best that we can under the circumstances.

Have you sent any communication to the apprentices around the current situation?

Yes, weekly updates to apprentices and employers. If you are one of our clients please check your junk folder if you have not received.

What is the strategy re learners approaching EPA?

We are already working with employers, apprentices and EPAO’s to feasibly make a remote testing option viable. Where this is not possible we will organise new planned assessment dates with priority.

Are you still able and have the capacity to still receive referrals/starts?

We have ensured our on-boarding process can proceed remotely by making tailored adjustments, we will strive to service referrals as normal.

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Looking after your mental health https://smarttar.co.uk/looking-after-your-mental-health/ Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:08:28 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7341 Our working lives have been changing for a while now – but the emergence of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to a massive change, more uncertainty, and new challenges for many of us. We found some really useful advice from MentalHealth.Org https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak/while-working

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Our working lives have been changing for a while now – but the emergence of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to a massive change, more uncertainty, and new challenges for many of us.

We found some really useful advice from MentalHealth.Org

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak/while-working

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What’s the ROI of apprenticeships? https://smarttar.co.uk/whats-the-roi-of-apprenticeships/ Mon, 16 Mar 2020 13:42:00 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7302 Apprentices learn on the job, so they’re performing their role from the moment they start. And if you pay the apprenticeship levy, training is already paid for. It’s a no brainer. But other than filling your skills gap, what other returns do apprenticeships bring? Improved productivity Apprentices bring new energy, ideas and enthusiasm to the workplace, which has […]

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Apprentices learn on the job, so they’re performing their role from the moment they start. And if you pay the apprenticeship levy, training is already paid for. It’s a no brainer. But other than filling your skills gap, what other returns do apprenticeships bring?

Improved productivity

Apprentices bring new energy, ideas and enthusiasm to the workplace, which has a knock-on effect on other employees. This boosts performance and increases productivity across the business.

Improved practice

With apprentices, you can train them your way – your processes, company culture and ways of working. You have talent on the job from day one, so you can mould them into skilled employees who follow your best practice.


Increased profile in the local area

Offering apprenticeships is a great way to improve your company image and raise your profile in the local area. As many employers rely on their local talent pool, this is a great way to improve recruitment too.

Increased retention

Apprentices are loyal employees. They’ve learned how your business works and have seen the time you’ve taken to train them and invest in their future. This means they’re more likely to stay with your business for longer. In fact, 80% of companies who invest in apprenticeships reported a significant increase in employee retention.

Increased high-level skills development

Apprenticeships aren’t just for entry-level recruits. There are hundreds of higher-level apprenticeships available to develop high-level skills in your business.


If you would like to arrange a no-obligation free consultation with one of our account managers please call 0330 088 0888 or email info@smarttar.co.uk

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) https://smarttar.co.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/ Mon, 09 Mar 2020 20:10:33 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7249 I’m sure like you all, we are keeping a close eye on the Covid-19 virus and its impact across the UK. Medical advice remains the same, wash your hands thoroughly and throughout the day, avoid putting your hands near your mouth, nose and eyes and if you need to sneeze or cough use a disposable […]

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I’m sure like you all, we are keeping a close eye on the Covid-19 virus and its impact across the UK. Medical advice remains the same, wash your hands thoroughly and throughout the day, avoid putting your hands near your mouth, nose and eyes and if you need to sneeze or cough use a disposable tissue and put it in a bin.

Advice for individuals who feel they have these symptoms is to self-isolate and contact NHS 111.

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Do not

touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

For more information, you can visit the NHS website here

What’s the risk of coronavirus in the UK?

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.

Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.

How coronavirus is spread

Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.

Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

How to self-isolate if you’re asked to

If there’s a chance you could have coronavirus, you may be asked to stay away from other people (self-isolate).

This means you should:

  • stay at home
  • not go to work, school or public places
  • not use public transport or taxis
  • ask friends, family members or delivery services to do errands for you
  • try to avoid visitors to your home – it’s OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food

You may need to do this for up to 14 days to help reduce the possible spread of infection.

If you are an employer or learner and wish to reschedule an appointment with us or arrange a remote meeting through Microsoft Teams, please contact your Training Advisor or our office on 0330 088 0888 or contact us here.

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Why should employers embrace Traineeships? https://smarttar.co.uk/why-should-employers-embrace-traineeships/ Wed, 04 Mar 2020 09:33:45 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7204 Traineeships are the Government’s flagship programme which provide young people with the skills and experience that employers are looking for. They have been developed in response to research showing that young people frequently lack the knowledge and experience employers expect in the workplace. Our traineeship programme is a flexible training programme with work experience that […]

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Traineeships are the Government’s flagship programme which provide young people with the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

They have been developed in response to research showing that young people frequently lack the knowledge and experience employers expect in the workplace.

Our traineeship programme is a flexible training programme with work experience that unlocks the great potential of young people, aged 16 to 18, and prepares them for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’.

You can make an impact by providing a high-quality work experience placement and we will provide work preparation training and English and maths if needed. This gives young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for, helping them secure an apprenticeship or job in the future.

How can traineeship programmes benefit employers?

tailored

Traineeships are flexible. We can help you to tailor the Traineeships that meet the needs of your business.

You decide how the programme is delivered to maximise the efficiency, productivity and find the right people with the right values and behaviours to work in your organisation.

contribute

Our traineeships provide you with the freedom to shape the skills and experience of young people from your local community, allowing you to nurture the next generation, helping your business to increase its capacity, and productivity, develop a loyal, talented workforce and contribute to tackling youth unemployment.

develop

Your current employees will have the opportunity to build their own mentoring and coaching skills while supporting the trainee.

Also by providing trainees with at least 100 hours of work experience, you can bring significant capacity into your business.

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Training costs will be met by government funding. We will advertise the position and also collate and shortlist applicants for you, for FREE.

By working closely together we can design a programme to help build a pool of high-quality future recruits should you wish to offer them an apprenticeship but again this is not mandatory.

To find out more you can visit our Traineeship page by clicking here or contact our Smart team on 0330 088 0888 or email via our contact us page.

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Podcast https://smarttar.co.uk/podcast/ Wed, 04 Mar 2020 08:53:41 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7200 One of our learners at Anglian Home Improvements did a Podcast with her Training Advisor Gill Blake to discuss Apprenticeships. If you would like to listen to this click on the button below.

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One of our learners at Anglian Home Improvements did a Podcast with her Training Advisor Gill Blake to discuss Apprenticeships. If you would like to listen to this click on the button below.


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