You decide which apprenticeship standard and which individual will meet your business needs and if required which provider will support you through the process. The Apprenticeship Standards provide a framework for systematically building the skills level within an organisation therefore giving you the skills you need for future growth. As well as bringing fresh ideas and an abundance of enthusiasm, it is estimated that for every £1 spent on an apprentice, they contribute £28 to the employer, an excellent return on investment.
You pay the wages of the apprentice – at least £4.15 /hour and a % of the cost of training for apprentices for employers who do not pay the apprenticeship levy (note this can be supported by a levy transfer, where an employer who pays the apprenticeship levy transfers some of their funding to an employer who does not pay the apprenticeship levy).
There is no cost to employer for apprenticeship training if they have less than 50 employees, and an apprentice (on the first day of their apprenticeship) is aged 16-18 or 19-24 with an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC) or has been in the care of their local authority.
Off-the-job (OTJ) training is required for the purpose of achieving the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the approved apprenticeship. OTJ training can include training that is delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work. It can also include regular day release, block release and special training days/workshops.
At least 20% of an apprentice’s normal working hours, over the planned duration of the apprenticeship training period must be spent on OTJ.