Why I employ Apprentices…

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Business owner Carl Fox discusses why Apprenticeships are an important part of his training strategy.

Working with North Warwickshire & Hinckley College, Carl has increased the number of Apprentices he takes on each year, with five Apprentices currently employed across his two hair salons located in Barwell and Hinckley.

“I’m a very firm believer that Apprentices are the life blood of our industry. While the industry continues to evolve, and as trends come and go, we need a new intake of future hairdressers, without that fresh new talent the industry would die out.

“Our future professionals (Level 2 Apprentices) really are the back bone of the salons. They support the stylist, their jobs range from meeting and greeting the clients, keeping the salon clean and tidy, assisting with the actual services and any other associated tasks. They have a really varied role, no two days are the same for them.

“I don’t think we would be able to do what we do without Apprentices. Because they have such a vital role within the salon, supporting the qualified stylists, it has allowed us to grow quicker, to take future professionals from a very young age and mould them into how we wish them to operate within the organisation. From 16 onwards they become ‘Fox Hair Design’ through and through.

“Working with the College has been really good, it’s a valuable business relationship. There’s a clear understanding from the College’s perspective as to how we operate, what our culture and ethos is and how we provide our training. We’ve been working very closely with the faculty and that allows us to get the best out of the training that’s available.

“We are currently going through our recruitment process for later in the year. We’ve seen a number of candidates through the College and that’s resulted in shortlisting, so we’re just in the process of our final selection for this year.”

To find out more about employing an Apprentice, call 024 7624 3000, email business.development@nwhc.ac.uk or visit www.nwhc.ac.uk/apprenticeships

Fox Hair Design is a boutique, unisex hair salon with locations in Barwell and Hinckley, to find out more, visit www.foxhairdesign.com

Off-the-job training for Apprentices

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Defining ‘off-the-job’ training

As part of their programme, all Apprentices are required to complete 20% off-the-job training.

What defines this training and how can businesses ensure they are meeting these requirements?

Debbie Scotton, Business Development Manager at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College discusses the key points.

“A Government report released at the end of June outlines the requirements for at least 20% off-the-job training for every Apprenticeship. The aim is to reinforce ‘practical, work-based learning with theoretical learning’.

What does it inlcude?

“To begin with, it’s important to define what is meant by off-the job training. This is: learning undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of the Apprenticeship.

This can include:

  • Theory – such as lectures, role playing, online learning, simulation exercises or manufacturer training
  • Practical training apprentices wouldn’t usually do during the week – such as shadowing, mentoring, industry visits or competitions
  • Support/time writing assignments

“Training can take place at the place of work but must not be part of normal working duties. It also applies to current frameworks and the new standards.

“Another key point is that this training must be separate to English and maths training and progress reviews/assessments.

“It is the responsibility of the employer and the main training provider to ensure this 20% is met.

Training providers, including ourselves, can deliver all off-the-job training as part of the agreed cost for Apprenticeship training. Employers may also choose to undertake off-the-job training in-house.”

“As a training provider we are working with small, medium and large employers across a wide range of sectors to deliver Apprenticeship training programmes. We will work with you to design a training plan to meet the specific needs of your organisation, including the arrangement of the 20% of-the-job-training.”

To find out more, contact the College:

North Warwickshire & Hinckley College:
business.development@nwhc.ac.uk

024 7624 3000
www.nwhc.ac.uk/apprenticeships

South Leicestershire College:
business.development@slcollege.ac.uk
0116 264 3545
www.slcollege.ac.uk/apprenticeships

Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship – places available

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We have places available on the Electrical Installation Apprenticeship starting September 2017.

The Level 3 Electrical Installation Apprenticeship is equivalent to two A Levels.

The programme is ideal for organisations who are looking to upskill current employees or recruit new staff members into Electrician job roles.

What does it cover?

Targeted at those within the building services engineering sector, the course covers:

  • Health and Safety
  • Environmental Technology Systems
  • Overseeing and organising the work environment
  • Planning, preparing and installing electrical systems and equipment
  • Terminating and connecting conductors, cables and flexible cords
  • Inspecting, testing, commissioning
  • Fault diagnosis and correction

The programme takes between 3 and 3 and a half years and Apprentices work as a paid employee for four days per week and study for one day per week at the College.

Sam Garnham, Learning & Skills Manager – Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing, said: “The Apprenticeship route is proving to be an extremely popular option amongst local employers. Not only does this training option allow them to address their specific skills gaps, it’s a genuinely effective way for them to ‘grow their own’. By the time they finish their programme, Apprentices have in-depth knowledge of their job and are also in-tune with the organisation’s culture and people, leading to extremely strong employer-Apprentice relationships. According to the National Apprenticeship Service, over 70% of Apprentices stay with the same employer once they complete their programme.”

To find out more about recruiting an Apprentice and to find out more about the Apprenticeship reforms including changes to funding, contact the College:

business.development@nwhc.ac.uk
www.nwhc.ac.uk/apprenticeships
024 7624 3000

Business Apprenticeships: raising the standards

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As the new Apprenticeship standards gradually begin to replace the current frameworks, North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College have a number of new Business programmes on offer.

Katy Urwin, Director of Learning and Skills for Business and Finance at the College talks about what’s on offer:

“As the new standards are introduced, we are working closely with small, medium and large employers across a range of sectors to really enhance our Apprenticeship offer. Our aim is to provide a range of Apprenticeships that enable businesses to develop their talent and see a real return on investment.”

New standards now available include:

  • Assistant Accountant
  • Professional Accounting Taxation Technician
  • Digital Marketer
  • Customer Service
  • Events Assistant
  • Retailer and Retail Manager
  • Public Service Operational Delivery Officer

“We also have some new standards coming soon. These are awaiting approval – keep an eye on our website for updates:

  • HR Support
  • HR Manager
  • Operations Manager

“Current frameworks, along with their current funding will continue to be delivered whilst we wait for standards to be introduced, these include:

  • Business and Administration
  • IT and Computing
  • Management
  • Management – Team Leading

To find out more about the new standards and current frameworks, and how to recruit Apprentices, contact the College:

North Warwickshire & Hinckley College
business.development@nwhc.ac.uk
024 7624 3000

South Leicestershire College
business.development@slcollege.ac.uk 
0116 264 3545

Apprenticeships: incentives for small businesses

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Debbie Scotton, Business Development Manager at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College discusses how small employers can make the most out of Apprenticeships as a training option.

Incentives for small employers

“The Apprenticeship levy has been a major media focus throughout the launch of the new reforms, with employers with an annual PAYE bill of £3million or more now paying into their accounts.

“But what about those on the other end of the spectrum – small employers, i.e. those with fewer than 50 staff members?

“These businesses are also eligible to receive a number of incentives if they employ an Apprentice who is:

  • Aged 16-18 at the start of their Apprenticeship
  • Aged 19-24 and has an education, health and care plan provided by the local authority or has been in the care of a local authority

“In this case, their 10% contribution will be waivered – the government will pay 100% of the costs. These businesses will also receive a £1000 payment.

“In order to meet eligibility criteria, these organisations must have employed an average of 49 or fewer employees in the 365 days before the apprentice is recruited. The recruitment of one or more Apprentice must not take this average number over 50.”

“We are working with a range of small businesses to ensure they make the most of the government funding available. As part of our free recruitment service we can complete an organisational needs analysis and design a programme to match specific training needs.”

Click here to find out more about Apprenticeships or contact:

North Warwickshire & Hinckley College
business.development@nwhc.ac.uk
024 7624 3000

South Leicestershire College
business.development@slcollege.ac.uk
0116 264 3545

 

The Construction skills gap: threat or opportunity?

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The Construction sector is set for major growth over the next ten years, but an ageing workforce and growing skills gap means that the sector will need to work hard to ensure it has a pipeline of talent.

Paul Dancer, Director or Learning for Construction and Logistics at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College discusses if the skills gap is a threat or a great opportunity for the sector.

“According to the Construction Training Industry Board (CITB), the Construction industry could create 200,000 new jobs for 2019. There are, however, 400,000 workers due to retire over the next 10 years. Without action, this could create problems as the lack of trained staff leaves the industry unable to meet demand.

“An additional threat is the estimated 200,000 young people under the age of 20 who left the Construction industry during the first year of the recession, the loss of this pipeline could be detrimental…

“As a training provider, we strongly believe that Apprenticeships are the key to training the next generation of Construction workers. By working as a paid employee whilst working towards their qualification, Apprentices develop into loyal team members, with in-depth knowledge not only of the industry but of the specific company they work for.

“The new Apprenticeship standards are designed by employers and focus on certain job roles. This is also a fantastic opportunity for the sector to target skills specific skills areas.

“Another key focus is promoting Construction to young people as an exciting industry: with career options ranging from Bricklaying, Planning, Surveying and Architecture and national projects like to HS2 creating a huge range of job roles in the West Midlands area, there really has never been a better time to join the industry.

“At North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, we currently offer Apprenticeships in:

  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Fenestration (Glass)
  • Fitted Interiors
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Property Maintenance

“We also have dedicated Construction facilities at our locations in Hinckley and South Wigston.”

To find out more about employing an Apprentice, contact the College’s Business Development Team:

North Warwickshire & Hinckley College:
business.development@nwhc.ac.uk
024 7624 3000

South Leicestershire College
business.development@slcollege.ac.uk
0116 264 3545

 

Apprenticeships: meeting the public sector target

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With the Apprenticeship levy officially launched and new standards gradually being approved, the reforms are now in full swing.

A part of these reforms, all public sector organisations are now required to employ 2.3% of their workforce as Apprentices. Debbie Scotton, Business Development Manager at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College discusses the target, what the impact will be for public sector organisations and how the College help them to meet this target:

“This target is part of the Government’s pledge to create 3 million Apprenticeship starts by 2020, whereby they hope that the public sector can act as a model employer. With a few exceptions, this target will apply to all public bodies in England who have 250 or more staff. This includes schools, local authorities, central government, NHS organisations, the armed forces and the emergency services.

“These organisations will be required to use Apprenticeships as part of their training strategy, either as a way to recruit new staff members or upskill current employees. They will be required to complete an Apprenticeship Activity return in order to demonstrate their work towards this target.

“As a College group who is also required to meet this target, we can provide specialist support to public sector organisations.

“If you have an annual PAYE bill of more than £3million and pay into the levy, we can help you to make the most of your funds:

  • Working with you to identify skills gaps within your organisation
  • Using the Apprenticeship route to upskill your existing staff (no age restrictions)
  • Identifying relevant Apprenticeships that meet your business needs
  • Signposting to the services you need to know about – including your digital Apprenticeship Account
  • Helping recruit new Apprentices, supported by our free recruitment service

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College is listed on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) as a ‘main provider’ of Apprenticeships. We are also graded Good by Ofsted.

Apprentices are currently available in:

Accounting
Business, Administration and Management
Construction
Education
Engineering
Hairdressing
Health and Life Sciences
Logistics
Motor Vehicle

To find out more about Apprenticeships, including employing an Apprentice and information about the reforms, contact the College:

North Warwickshire & Hinckley College
business.development@nwhc.ac.uk
024 7624 3000

South Leicestershire College
business.development@slcollege.ac.uk
0116 264 3545

Apprenticeship funding for levy payers

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The Apprenticeship reforms have officially launched, but with a number of questions still lingering and snap election on the horizon, there is still an element of uncertainty.

Debbie Scotton, Business Development Manager at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College discusses the new Apprenticeship funding rules and the impact for levy-paying employers.

How the levy will work

“Since April, all levy paying employers (those whose annual PAYE bill is £million and over) will have been paying into their Apprenticeship Service Account. This money can be reinvested into the organisation through Apprenticeship training – to new and/or existing staff

“The government will be applying a 10% top-up to these funds every month. Employers will also be receiving a £1000 payment if they employ an Apprentice who is:

  • Aged 16-18 at the start of their Apprenticeship
  • Aged 19-24 and has an education, health and care plan provided by the local authority or has been in the care of a local authority

“If these funds run out in any month, employers will only be required to pay 10% of the costs of training and the government will co-invest the remaining 90%.”

The new Apprenticeship standards

“This will coincide with the introduction of the new Apprenticeship standards. As the current frameworks begin to be phased out, these new standards, which have been designed by employer groups, will be placed into one of 15 upper limits ranging from £1,500 to £27,000. Employers and training providers will negotiate costs within these limits.

“As a training provider who is officially listed on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers, we are working closely with levy-paying organisations to support the through these changes and design an Apprenticeship training programme to meet their needs.”

To find out more about employing an Apprentice, contact the College’s Business Development Team:

North Warwickshire & Hinckley College:
business.development@nwhc.ac.uk
024 7624 3000

South Leicestershire College
business.development@slcollege.ac.uk 
0116 264 3545

 

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Apprenticeship funding for SMEs

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The Apprenticeship reforms were officially launched at the beginning of this month. With numerous questions about the new complex funding rules and a snap election thrown into the mix there is still an element of uncertainty surrounding the changes.

Debbie Scotton, Business Development Manager at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College discusses the new Apprenticeship funding rules and the impact for SMEs.

New funding rules – how will they work?

“The impact of the new funding rules will depend on the size of an organisation. There is a new tax called the Apprenticeship levy, however this will only be paid into by those whose annual PAYE bill is £3million or more.

“For organisations whose annual PAYE bill is under £3million they will not pay into the levy. These organisations will pay 10% of the cost of training and assessment of Apprentices and the government will co-invest the remaining 90%.

“These organisations will also receive a £1,000 payment if they employ an Apprentice who is: aged 16-18 at the start of their Apprenticeship or aged 19-24 and has an education, health and care plan provided by the local authority or has been in the care of a local authority

“There is also additional government support if your organisation has fewer than 50 employees. If you employ an Apprentice who meets the above criteria, your 10% contribution will be waivered and the government will pay 100% of the costs.”

The new Apprenticeship standards

“This funding will coincide with the introduction of the new Apprenticeship standards. As the current frameworks begin to be phased out, these new standards, which have been designed by employer groups, will be placed into one of 15 upper limits ranging from £1,500 to £27,000. Employers and training providers will negotiate costs within these limits.

“We are working closely with small and medium organisation in the local area to support the through these changes and design an Apprenticeship training programme to meet their needs.”

To find out more about employing an Apprentice, contact the College’s Business Development Team:

North Warwickshire & Hinckley College:
business.development@nwhc.ac.uk
024 7624 3000

South Leicestershire College
business.development@slcollege.ac.uk
0116 264 3545

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Electrician Training programmes now available

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Electrical Installation Apprenticeship – perfect for aspiring electricians

North Warwickshire & Hinckley College are currently offering the Level 3 Electrical Installation Apprenticeship, starting in September 2017.

The programme is ideal for organisations who are looking to upskill current employees or recruit new staff members into Electrician job roles.

Targeted at those within the building services engineering sector, the course covers:

  • Health and Safety
  • Environmental Technology Systems
  • Overseeing and organising the work environment
  • Planning, preparing and installing electrical systems and equipment
  • Terminating and connecting conductors, cables and flexible cords
  • Inspecting, testing, commissioning
  • Fault diagnosis and correction

The programme takes between 3 and 3 and a half years and Apprentices work as a paid employee for four days per week and study for one day per week at the College.

Sarah Ogden, Employer Engagement Advisor at the College said: “The Apprenticeship route is proving to be an extremely popular option amongst local employers. Not only does this training option allow them to address their specific skills gaps, it’s a genuinely effective way for them to ‘grow their own’. By the time they finish their programme, Apprentices have in-depth knowledge of their job and are also in-tune with the organisation’s culture and people, leading to extremely strong employer-Apprentice relationships. According to the National Apprenticeship Service, over 70% of Apprentices stay with the same employer once they complete their programme.”

To find out more about recruiting an Apprentice and to find out more about the Apprenticeship reforms including changes to funding, contact the College: business.development@nwhc.ac.uk www.nwhc.ac.uk/apprenticeships 024 7624 3000