The launch of the Apprenticeship reforms are just around the corner. Debbie Scotton, Business Development Manager at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College discusses how the process for choosing a training provider is set to change in light of these reforms. Changes from May 2017 “The initial impact from May this year will be on…
As merged colleges, Apprenticeship training provider North Warwickshire & and South Leicestershire College offer a comprehensive Apprenticeship portfolio to a range of industries and business areas throughout North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire.
Apprenticeships allow you to bring new talent through the ranks and train your team with the skills they need to help your business succeed.
In response to the Government’s pledge to create 3 million Apprenticeship starts by 2020, a number of Apprenticeship reforms are taking place.
The new standards put employers in control of designing Apprenticeships, so people are equipped with the skills that meet the needs of their organisation. The standards will:
- Replace the existing complex frameworks with short, simple, accessible Apprenticeship standards written by employers in a language they understand. The standards describe the skills and knowledge that an individual needs to be fully competent in an occupation
- Improve the quality of Apprenticeships through higher expectations of English and maths, more rigorous testing to ensure the apprentice is fully competent and raising aspirations for apprentices by introducing grading at the end of the apprenticeship
- Give employers control of the funding so that they become more demanding customers
From April 2017, the current Apprenticeship frameworks will be replaced with new standards. Frameworks will be switched off in phases between 2017 through to 2019/20. Some frameworks have already been removed.
MORE THAN JUST A TRAINING PROVIDER…
- We are graded Good by Ofsted
- We have around 1,800 Apprentices across 7 main sector areas
- Our success rate is 80.3% – this is above the national average
- We have 550 employer partners
- Extensive experience in working with small, medium and large employers across a range of industries
- Ongoing support from assessors with in-depth knowledge of the industry
- Central, easy to access locations across North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire
Apprenticeships are work-based learning programmes that allow learners to gain a qualification whilst working as a paid employee.
They are available to current and new employees and start at GCSE or equivalent up to degree level
Apprentices work for at least 30 hours a week and training for their qualification will take place either at work or in College, usually for one day per week
They take between 1-5 years depending on the level, framework, sector, and the Apprentice’s prior skills
As part of their employment, Apprentices must:
- Work with experienced staff
- Learn job-specific skills
- Study for a work-based qualification during their working week, e.g. at College
- Be paid at least the national minimum wage for Apprenticeships £3.50 (April 2017)
Apprenticeships offer businesses a cost-effective route to harness fresh new talent. Apprentices can help your business to increase productivity, improve competitiveness and ensure you have a committed and competent workforce to meet future challenges.
- Fill your skills gaps – ‘grow your own’ staff
- Flexible training to suit your business with minimal days in college
- Reduce staff turnover, improve productivity and avoid skills shortages
- Training is funded depending on circumstances, and wages are reduced for apprentices
- Apprentices increase motivation. 92% of employers taking on apprentices noticed a more motivated work force
- Apprentices boost productivity. 80% of employers saw an increase in productivity in the workplace. 81% of customers would rather use a company which hires apprentices
Apprenticeships are an ideal way to upskill your current workforce. If you have full-time staff over the age of 16 who do not yet have a relevant qualification in the area they are working, you can access training for them through the Apprenticeship route (subject to eligibility).
Apprenticeships are also a cost-effective way to attract fresh talent. If you would like to employ a new member of staff as an Apprentice, we can help. We offer a free recruitment service to support you with the recruitment process, ensuring only the best candidates are selected for an interview.
Up until April 2017:
For those who are aged 16-18, Apprenticeships are fully funded by the Government.
For those aged 19+, Apprenticeships are co-funded by the government. A contribution may be required depending on the Apprenticeship and level.
From April 2017 onwards, there will be major changes to the way Apprenticeships are funded, visit our apprenticeship funding page to find out more.
If you would like to recruit a new employee, we provide a free recruitment service that will support you to advertise your vacancy, shortlist applicants as well as assessment and interview.
Once you have selected a candidate, we will arrange the Apprenticeship Training and provide you with ongoing support from an assessor who has knowledge of your industry.
We are always developing our offer to ensure we meet the needs of employers and the regional economy as a whole, get in touch today to find out how we can design a programme to meet your needs.
APPRENTICESHIP REFORMS 2017
Paul Dancer, Director of Learning and Skills at North Warwickshire & Hinckley College discusses why Apprenticeships are key to developing talent within the Construction sector. “Even in times of political uncertainty, the UK Construction Industry has continued to thrive. According to a report released by the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board), output in the West…
Apprenticeships are fast becoming the go-to training option for employers across all sectors. Paul Dancer, Director for Learning and Skills (Logistics) at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire talks about the College’s Apprenticeship work with IMPACT Fork Trucks Ltd. “Logistics is a booming sector worth approximately £100bn to the UK’s economy. With the increasing use of…