Frequently asked questions

Still have some questions? Please take a look at some of our FAQS below

Is there a limit on the number of apprentices I can have?

No; employers can take on as many apprentices as they can support.

What about employers who do not pay the levy?

Employers with a pay bill of less than £3 million will not pay the levy. The government will provide financial support for non-levy paying employers to take on apprenticeships, but these employers will be expected to make a small financial contribution to the cost of training and assessment in partnership with Government.

For a relatively small contribution, smaller employers can get significant benefits from employing apprentices. Research shows that many employers are able to recoup the cost of training within 1 or 2 years of training finishing and 82% of employers were satisfied with the programme and 70% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service. Asking non-levied employers to pay a contribution towards the cost of apprenticeship training is only fair when larger employers are contributing towards the cost of their apprenticeships. It also helps put employers in the driving seat for influencing their choices and interacting with their training providers.

If employers do not pay the levy, they will not need a digital apprenticeship service account to pay the training provider, such as CWA, in April 2017. Non levy paying employers will agree a price and pay their co-investment to the training provider directly. Government will also pay its contribution to the provider directly.

What are my responsibilities?

Employers have a vital role in the support of the learner. As an employer of a learner on an apprenticeship, you will be expected to provide a period of induction within the first week. You will also need to:

  • organise work experience and on-the-job training for the learner, appropriate to the qualification stated in the agreement and to provide suitable and sufficient information, instruction and training to enable the learner to undertake the task given
  • support the process of NVQ and technical certificates as well as key skill development, where appropriate, and, where possible, organise work experience in the context of technical certificates and key skills to achieve within agreed timescales as identified in the Individual Learning Plan
  • nominate a named work based assessor or recorder (where applicable) and allocate sufficient time to carry out appropriate responsibilities
  • provide opportunities for the learner to demonstrate competence in specific tasks.
  • provide an assessment of the learner’s progress on a regular basis
  • help the learner collect evidence in the work they have done
  • allow access to college assessors and training advisors to support progress towards the NVQ, through work based assessment and reviews, as required.
What happens once an apprenticeship ends?

Once an apprenticeship finishes, the employer may extend the apprentice’s employment
contract through progression into another role or a further apprenticeship (if appropriate).
There is no obligation for an employer to retain their apprentice. However, most apprentices do
stay with their employer – only 14 per cent of London employers reported their apprentice had
left after completing the apprenticeship.

For a relatively small contribution, smaller employers can get significant benefits from employing apprentices. Research shows that many employers are able to recoup the cost of training within 1 or 2 years of training finishing and 82% of employers were satisfied with the programme and 70% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service. Asking non-levied employers to pay a contribution towards the cost of apprenticeship training is only fair when larger employers are contributing towards the cost of their apprenticeships. It also helps put employers in the driving seat for influencing their choices and interacting with their training providers.

If employers do not pay the levy, they will not need a digital apprenticeship service account to pay the training provider, such as CWA, in April 2017. Non levy paying employers will agree a price and pay their co-investment to the training provider directly. Government will also pay its contribution to the provider directly.

Can my apprentice work straight away?

Yes; as long as they’re aged over 16 and not in any other work or formal education.

Which industry sectors use Apprenticeships?
  • Agriculture, horticulture and animal care
  • Arts, media and publishing
  • Business, administration and law
  • Construction, planning and the built environment
  • Education and training
  • Engineering and manufacturing technologies
  • Health, public services and care
  • Information and communication technology
  • Leisure, travel and tourism
    Retail and commercial enterprise

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