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Hiring an apprentice can bring many benefits to your business in West somerset

Businesses in west somerset have a unique set of challenges, employing an apprentice can help with lowering staff turnover, retaining staff, improving loyalty and finding employees with the right qualifications for your business. You can also help support your community by passing on essential skills and knowledge to someone who is perhaps starting their career.

Employing an apprentice can help save on recruitment costs, by upskilling your current employees, or hiring a loyal, committed apprentice you can save on the cost of hiring a new members of staff and reducing staff turnover.

It can also help boost morale, as employees can be motivated and committed for the long-term, by helping them develop their skills over several years.

Another benefit of hiring an apprentice is you can tailor the training to develop skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to their jobs and your business. Your apprentice will know that they will be working towards a qualification that is valuable to them individually and to you as a business.

Not forgetting the government funding available – Find out more or contact us

Read on below to find out more!

 

What is an Apprenticeship?

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  • Why?
  • Pay?
  • Where?
  • How?
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Apprenticeships are real jobs.

Apprenticeships are a work-based programme with a skills development plan and assessments. It combines hands-on work with recognised training. Employers can hire a new employee as an Apprentice or grow talent with current employees.

Apprentices normally work a minimum of 30 hours a week, 20% of the apprentice’s time will be spent completing off-the-job training (usually one day a week) at a College, University, Training Provider or on site. They have the same rights as all employees so are paid, get sick pay and annual leave.

Apprentices will be working towards qualifications from level 2 -7 (education equivalent – GCSE to master’s degree).

Apprenticeships must last one year but can be up to 5 years for some qualifications.
Hiring an apprentice can bring many benefits to your business in West somerset.

Businesses in West Somerset have a unique set of challenges, employing an apprentice can help with lowering staff turnover, retaining staff, improving loyalty and finding employees with the right qualifications for your business. You can also help support your community by passing on essential skills and knowledge to someone who is perhaps starting their career.

It can also help boost morale, as employees can be motivated and committed for the long-term, by helping them develop their skills over several years.

Another benefit of hiring an apprentice is you can tailor the training to develop skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to their jobs and your business. Your apprentice will know that they will be working towards a qualification that is valuable to them individually and to you as a business.

Not forgetting the government funding available

Apprentices are paid at least minimum wage. You can pay more than this.

 

Pay is dependent on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship.

For more information on minimum wage please see

https://www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide/pay-and-conditions

Many businesses employ apprentices, small employers with less than 10 employees, all the way up to large multi-national and global companies based in England.

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Apprenticeships are available in many industries from A to Z, from Accountancy through to Zoology.

 

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Please contact Marie and see  'Steps to Hiring an Apprentice'

For more information, contact us.

Apprenticeships are real jobs.

Apprenticeships are a work-based programme with a skills development plan and assessments. It combines hands-on work with recognised training. Employers can hire a new employee as an Apprentice or grow talent with current employees.

Apprentices normally work a minimum of 30 hours a week, 20% of the apprentice’s time will be spent completing off-the-job training (usually one day a week) at a College, University, Training Provider or on site. They have the same rights as all employees so are paid, get sick pay and annual leave.

Apprentices will be working towards qualifications from level 2 -7 (education equivalent – GCSE to master’s degree).

Apprenticeships must last one year but can be up to 5 years for some qualifications.

Hiring an apprentice can bring many benefits to your business in West somerset.

Businesses in west somerset have a unique set of challenges, employing an apprentice can help with lowering staff turnover, retaining staff, improving loyalty and finding employees with the right qualifications for your business. You can also help support your community by passing on essential skills and knowledge to someone who is perhaps starting their career.

 

Employing an apprentice can help save on recruitment costs, by upskilling your current employees you can save on the cost of hiring a new member of staff.

It can also help boost morale, as employees can be motivated and committed for the long-term, by helping them develop their skills over several years.

Another benefit of hiring an apprentice is you can tailor the training to develop skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to their jobs and your business. Your apprentice will know that they will be working towards a qualification that is valuable to them individually and to you as a business.

Not forgetting the government funding available

Apprentices are paid at least minimum wage. You can pay more than this. 

Pay is dependent on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship.

For more information on minimum wage please see:

https://www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide/pay-and-conditions

Many businesses employ apprentices, small employers with less than 10 employees, all the way up to large multi-national and global companies based in England.

Apprenticeships are available in many industries from A to Z, from Accountancy through to Zoology.

Please get in touch with us – Contact us 

For more information, contact us.

Steps to hiring an Apprentice

Contact Skill Up to arrange an appointment telephone or face to face.  We will then take you through the following steps:

Explore the challenges that you face with recruitment and skills gaps within your organisation. Find out if the apprenticeship route is the right one for your business or if there is another skills solution needed

Discuss the range and levels of Apprenticeships that are available and which may be most suitable.

We will be able to let you know about the training provision available in the local area.

We can explain to you how the funding works.

We can introduce you to a number of local colleges and or training providers who will then be able to talk to you in more detail about their individual delivery models and costs *these will vary between training providers.

The Training Provider or College will then help you to advertise your vacancy through the Find an apprenticeship website.

If an existing member of staff, the training organisation will talk both the employer and individual through the training plan and any initial assessments required.

Once you have selected your apprentice, make an apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement [gov.uk] with them.  Your Training Organisation can help with this.

Through out your Apprenticeship and skills journey your chosen training provider will be on hand to offer support and advice.  At any time you can always get back in contact with us for free impartial advice and guidance. 

Benefits of hiring an Apprentice

  • RAISE MORALE AT YOUR BUSINESS

  • IMPROVE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY

  • UPSKILL EXISTING STAFF

  • MATCH THE SKILLS OF EMPLOYEES TO THE SKILLS YOU NEED

    You can shape your apprenticeships to meet the required skill set.

  • Improve your Company image

    Supporting an Apprenticeship can boost your company image by raising the profile of your business.

  • Reduce Staff Turnover

    Employees tend to be more loyal to employers who invest in their training

  • ATTRACT THE BEST CANDIDATES

  • INCREASE YOUR DIVERSITY

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Cost of hiring an apprentice

Non levy payer

(PAY BILL OF LESS THAN £3 MILLION A YEAR)​
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If you have pay bill of less than 3 million you are a Non Levy Payer.

The Government pay a minimum of 95% towards apprenticeship training and assessment costs are paid for by the government. 

You will be asked to pay up to 5% of these costs.

 You will pay your cash contribution directly to the provider.

For more information about the costs of supporting an Apprenticeship please contact us

Apprenticeship levy payer

(PAY BILL OF MORE THAN £3 MILLION A YEAR)
  • Who
  • What
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If you're an employer with a pay bill over 3 million you will need to pay the Apprenticeship Levy

The Apprenticeship Levy allows employers to have control of their training. 

You will fix a price for each apprenticeship.

You report and pay your levy to HMRC through the PAYE process.

 An extra 10% is paid directly to employers’ apprenticeship accounts.

For more information about the costs of supporting an Apprenticeship please contact us

Apprenticeship Levy Transfer

Levy transfers to local employers

We are working with some local large employers who are willing to transfer their levy to smaller local employers, subject to certain criteria.

Read on to find out more about Levy transfers

Contact us about levy transfers

Speak to us to find out how you can receive a levy transfer from a larger local employer, or Transfer your levy to a smaller local employer

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Apprenticeship Levy Transfers

Levy Transfer to local employers

We are working with local large employers who are willing to transfer their levy to smaller local employers, subject to certain criteria.

Read on to find out more about Levy transfers

Contact us about levy transfers

Speak to us to find out how you can receive a levy transfer from a larger local employer, or Transfer your levy to a smaller local employer

Contact us

What is the apprenticeship levy?

If you’re an employer with a pay bill over 3 million you will need to pay the Apprenticeship Levy.  The levy will be charged at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s pay bill.

The Apprenticeship Levy allows employers to have control of their workforce training.  You report and pay your levy to HMRC through the PAYE process.

An extra 10% is paid directly to employers’ apprenticeship accounts.

The levy can be spent on Apprenticeship training in England. 

The apprenticeship levy was created to create long term sustainable funding for apprenticeships and to give employers more control to provide their staff with a range of training opportunities. It can be used for existing members of staff starting an apprenticeship

Any unspent levy funds are recouped by the Government after 24 months. Some of the unspent funds can be transferred to a SME to cover the training costs of an Apprentice. Read on to find out more about levy transfers..

What is an apprenticeship levy transfer?

  • Levy paying employers can transfer up to 25% of their levy funds to other employers. This can help smaller businesses to invest in  apprenticeship training opportunities. 
  • The amount transferred must cover 100% of the cost of the apprenticeship. 
  • Employers receiving transferred funds will only be able to use these funds to pay for new apprenticeship starts.
  • A transfer must be agreed and put in place before the apprentice starts their apprenticeship. 

 

Could your small business benefit from financial support from an Apprenticeship levy transfer?  This means no training costs for your Apprentice when a 5% employer contribution may be required.


Are you a larger employer that could transfer your apprentice levy to help a smaller business? Skill Up Somerset are working with some local large employers who are willing to transfer their unspent levy to smaller local employers, subject to certain criteria.
 

What is the Apprenticeship Levy? If you’re an employer with a pay bill over £3m you will need to pay the Apprenticeship Levy.  The levy will be charged at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s pay bill, and is paid to the HMRC through the PAYE process.  An extra 10% is then paid directly to employers’ apprenticeship accounts by the Government. 

The apprenticeship levy was created to create long term sustainable funding for apprenticeships and to give employers more control to provide their staff with a range of training opportunities.  Any unspent levy funds are recouped by the Government after 24 months. Some of the unspent funds can be transferred to a SME to cover the training costs of an Apprentice. The Levy transfer funds cover the cost of the training for the apprenticeship only, not wages or any other employment costs.

Please Note:  Non-levy employers (employers with a PAYE bill of less than £3m) – Employers pay 5% towards the cost of training and assessing the apprentice, and the Government pay the remaining 95% up to the funding band maximum.  Employers with fewer than 50 people working for them will not have to pay the 5% contribution for an apprentice who is aged between 16-18 years old, or a 19-24 years old and who has previously been in care or who has an Education, Health and Care plan provided by their Local Authority.  The Government will pay 100% of the training costs for these individuals. 

How can I transfer my unused Levy funds?

If you have a pay bill over 3 million you will need to pay the apprenticeship levy, and will have funds to spend on Apprenticeship training and assessment.  

If you have unused apprenticeship funds you can find employers who want to receive a transfer. This could be businesses, within your local area, sector or supply chain, a charity, business partners etc.

Key facts

  • only levy-paying employers can make a transfer
  • any employer can receive and use transferred funds
  • you both have to be registered on the apprenticeship service
  • transfers can only be used for new starts,
  • you can’t transfer funds to another employer if you currently receive a transfer
  • the Levy transfer funds cover the cost of the training for the apprenticeship only, not wages or any other employment costs
Why transfer my unused levy funds?
 
  • support your supply chain 
  • support businesses that share your values
  • support businesses within your sector
  • support your corporate and social responsibility 
  • Supporting the Somerset economy in recovery
  • building strategic partnerships
 
 
Speak to us to find out more: contact us

How can I receive a transfer?

If you are interested in finding an employer who can transfer levy funds to you please get in touch with us: Contact us

Key facts: 

  • if the apprenticeship stops then the funding will stop too
  • you won’t have to pay any funds back to the sending employer
  • if a training provider transfers funds to you, they cannot deliver the training for that funded apprenticeship
  • if the amount transfered does not cover the full amount you will need to pay 5% of the training costs.
  • the Levy transfer funds cover the cost of the training for the apprenticeship only, not wages or any other employment costs

 

Benefits of receiving a Levy Transfer

  • Grow training opportunities 
  • Build relationships
  • See  the ‘Benefits of hiring an apprentice‘ here
 
 

Apprenticeship Levy Facts

  • The levy funding has helped directly support almost 50% of all apprenticeships in 2017/18. [Gov.UK]
  • Since it was introduced the levy has directly supported almost 313,000 people to start their apprenticeship journey. [Gov.uk]

Find out more:

Apprenticeship funding rules for employers

Traineeship information for Businesses

Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for your workforce to get to know potential employees before committing to employment offers.

You can support a Traineeship for a person aged 16 to 24.  They will be motivated to get a job or an Apprenticeship but lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for at this level.

A Traineeship normally last between 6 weeks and 6 months.

There are many reasons why you could benefit from a Traineeship.

Traineeships are flexible, this means you can plan the programme to meet your business needs.

Read more: Benefits of Supporting a Trainee

You don’t have to pay a trainee, or pay for expenses..but you can if you would like to.

We can help you to find out what you need to take your next step and shape a Traineeship for you and your business.

As the employer you should be willing and able to support work experience and the work preparation.  Other skills may be completed in the College or Training Provider.

Please see our Guide ‘Steps to Employing a Trainee

For more information please

contact us

  • What?
  • Why?
  • Pay?
  • Where?
  • How?
  • More Information

Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for your workforce to get to know potential employees before committing to employment offers.

You can support a Traineeship for a person aged 16 to 24,  they will be motivated to get a job or an Apprenticeship but lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for at this level.

A Traineeship normally last between 6 weeks and 6 months

There are many reasons why you could benefit from a Traineeship. Please see Benefits of Supporting a Trainee

You don't have to pay a trainee or pay for expenses..but you can if you would like to.

We can help you to find out what you need to take your next step and shape a Traineeship for you and your business.

As the employer you should be willing and able to support work experience and the work preparation.  Other skills may be completed in the College or Training Provider.

Please see our Guide ‘Steps to Employing a Trainee

For more information, contact us.

Steps to supporting a trainee

To get started:

Book an appointment, telephone or face to face.

Contact us  

We will then take you through the following steps:

Explore the challenges that you face with recruitment and skills gaps within your organisation.

Find out if the traineeship route is the right one for your business or if there is another skills solution needed

We will be able to let you know about the training provision available in the local area

We will explain to you how the funding works.

We can introduce you to a number of local colleges and or training providers who will then be able to talk to you in more detail about their individual delivery models and costs *these will vary between training providers.

Your Training Provider or College will then help you to advertise your vacancy through the Find a traineeship website.

The Training Provider assesses the Trainee to determine their needs.

You will then agree a plan with the Learning Provider and Trainee on how the traineeship will be delivered. This is flexible and can be changed throughout the Traineeship

Benefits trainees can bring to your business

  • Raise Staff Moral

  • Part of Your Recruitment Process

    Businesses are now using Traineeships as part of their recruitment process to find the best candidates for the role.

  • Reduce Staff Turnover

  • MATCH THE SKILLS OF EMPLOYEES TO THE SKILLS YOU NEED

  • Boost YOUR COMPANY IMAGE

  • INCREASE DIVERSITY

  • WORKING TRial FOR POTENTIAL MEMBER OF STAFF

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Costs for employers

The only cost for supporting a traineeship is:

  • any equipment the trainee may need
  • supervising the trainee
  • possibly covering travel costs

Skills Information for Business

  • What?
  • Why?
  • Cost?
  • How?

There is a very wide range of Skill Up opportunities to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours of the workforce to suit most sectors. There are sector specific and generic sector and business skills training and education opportunities to support development that are bite sized short courses, accredited qualifications and bespoke courses to meet the business need.

There are far too many opportunities available to mention, please contact the Skill Up Apprenticeships and Skills Adviser.

A workforce with the right skills will improve the efficiency, productivity, quality, competitiveness and profitability of your business.

Offering staff the opportunity to improve skills where appropriate can also lead to increased motivation and loyalty.

Your workforce requires skills to do their job and meet your customers needs. 

There may also be the need for members of the workforce to develop those skills or learn new skills to progress to a new role, meet the needs of new markets or increase productivity, quality or competitiveness.

 

The cost can vary from Government funded, Co funded with Government support and full cost to the business.

Eligibility criteria often apply and can vary from opportunity to opportunity.

Contact the Skill Up Apprenticeships and Skills Adviser today to help to short cut your route to the right information.

  • What?
  • Why?
  • Cost?
  • How?

There is a very wide range of Skill Up opportunities to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours of the workforce to suit most sectors. There are sector specific and generic sector and business skills training and education opportunities to support development that are bite sized short courses, accredited qualifications and bespoke courses to meet the business need.

There are far too many opportunities available to mention, please contact the Skill Up Apprenticeships and Skills Adviser.

A workforce with the right skills will improve the efficiency, productivity, quality, competitiveness and profitability of your business.

Offering staff the opportunity to improve skills where appropriate can also lead to increased motivation and loyalty.

Your workforce requires skills to do their job and meet your customers needs. 

There may also be the need for members of the workforce to develop those skills or learn new skills to progress to a new role, meet the needs of new markets or increase productivity, quality or competitiveness.

 

The cost can vary from Government funded, Co funded with Government support and full cost to the business.

Eligibility criteria often apply and can vary from opportunity to opportunity.

Contact the Skill Up Apprenticeships and Skills Adviser today to help to short cut your route to the right information.

West Somerset

Short cut your route to the right information

Contact our Skill Up Apprenticeships and Skills Adviser today to help to short cut your route to the right information.

SKILLS SUPPORT FOR THE WORKFORCE (SSW)​

Skills Support for the Workforce in Heart of the South West – Funded Training to Help your Business Progress

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Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. SSW provides recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy.

SSW is co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund. This means you can access a wide range of training at no cost* to your business.  *subject to eligibility.

What’s on offer?

  • A training needs analysis for your business, identifying the skills you need to support your business ambitions
  • Flexible training – pick full qualifications or mix and match individual units to suit your business
  • On-the-job vocational training to meet individual and business needs including taught learning, workplace assessment, distance learning and online learning
  • Learning pathways for your employees enabling them to progress within your organisation onto higher level qualifications or apprenticeships
  • Recognised accredited qualifications and training courses to enhance your employees’ skills

How could you benefit?

  • A more efficient business with improved profitability
  • A highly skilled workforce delivering quality outputs for your customers and improving business performance
  • Improved staff satisfaction and motivation, reducing staff turnover
  • A wider appeal to new recruits
  • Competitive advantage in your marketplace and improved chance of winning new business

 

SSW also offers training for individuals at risk of redundancy or recently made redundant. Contact the SSW team for more information or visit our website.

SSW in Heart of the South West is managed by Serco in partnership with Heart of the South West LEP. Serco delivers the training through a network of expert training providers.

Contact Serco’s SSW team today to find out about training for your business:

W: https://www.serco-ese.com/skills-support-for-the-workforce/regions/heart-of-the-south-west

E: skillssupport@serco.com

We've done that hard work for you! Speak to us to discuss your training needs or answer any questions you may have.

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THE NETWORK FOR INSPIRED LEARNING​

All of your local training providers working together to ensure we have the highest quality training to meet then needs of our local community and employers skills needs.  

The network comprises of 42 colleges and independent training providers.  

For more information on the training that the DSTPN offer or support with engaging in other training provision outside of the Network – Marie or Jane will be able to support your Apprenticeship and Skills journey, whether an individual or employer.

Marie Howard

Taunton and West Somerset

Apprenticeship and Skills Adviser