Apprenticeships are a great way to learn practical skills, earn a wage and gain a recognised qualification that can help you go further in your career. But despite their growing popularity, there are still many myths about apprenticeships that people believe to be true.
“Apprenticeships are only available for young people”
Yes, apprenticeships are a great way for a young person to start their career but apprenticeship programmes can also be used to upskill existing employees.
“Doing an apprenticeship means spending a lot of time at college”
All of our apprenticeship programmes are delivered in the workplace so there is no need to visit a college each week.
“Apprenticeships are low-level qualifications that do not amount to much”
Many of our learners who achieve an apprenticeship with us progress onto a higher-level programme and many learn the skills required to allow them to progress into higher-paid positions.
“Apprenticeships aren’t available or are unsuitable for the skills of my business?”
New standards have been designed by employer groups to specifically meet the needs of the industry. The standards include not only job skills but also the required behaviours and include a final test called an ‘end point assessment’.
“Apprenticeships are only for trades and administrative roles?”
We offer a range of apprenticeships from introductory up to level 5. They’re not just for trades and administrative roles as they range from manual tasks to managerial skills.
“I cannot afford to hire an apprentice”
With our FREE apprentice recruitment service, we offer to screen and shortlist applicants for your apprentice position. We advertise the role on various sites and we do all of this for FREE. You need to pay the successful applicant at least the apprentice national minimum wage which can be found by visiting the Gov UK website here. If you are a non-levy paying employer ( you have an annual pay bill of under £3 million) the government offer funding of 95%. This means you only have to pay a 5% contribution.
“I can only use my levy funds for new employees who we have hired as an apprentice”
You can use your funds to pay for apprenticeship training and development for both newly recruited apprentices and also existing staff as part of your upskilling programme. The funds in your account can be used to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment for apprentices that work at least 50% of the time in England and only up to the funding band maximum for that apprenticeship. Unfortunately, you can’t use funds in your account to pay for other costs associated with your apprentices (such as wages, statutory licences to practise, travel and subsidiary costs, work placement programmes or the setting up of an apprenticeship programme).
Many of the employers we work with use apprenticeship programmes to expand their internal skills programme. Allowing their workforce to train and learn new skills, knowledge and behaviours to help them to progress within their career. We help employers to identify their future potential which allows us to make sure they get the best return on their investment.
We help employers to identify their future potential which allows us to make sure they get the best return on their investment.