Businesses with an annual wage bill over £3m pay into an apprenticeship levy account.
The Government adds 10% to this account.
Over £1.2bn is raised each year through the levy.
If you don’t use your levy funds within two years, they are lost.
If your wage bill is under £3m you can access the programmes by paying just 5% of the cost of training.
If you use all funds in your account, you can still access programmes by paying 5% of the cost of training.
Apprentices can be any age and can be employed full or part time. They must be permanent members of staff.
Apprentices can be existing employees at all levels or newly employed staff.
Some of the most popular apprenticeships are in the areas of leadership and management.
Apprentices do not have one day a week out of your business for training. Training is built around their workflows.
Organisations that provide apprenticeship training must be registered with the government's Approve Training Provider list. These providers are inspected by Ofsted, just like schools and are also audited by the Education Skills and Funding Agency to make ensure the levy is well spent. Apprenticeship providers must deliver a good service and good training to remain approved.
Off the job training is deemed to be 20% of the Associate's time during work, and must be directly relevant to their apprenticeship standards and outside of their normal working duties. This might seem daunting, but includes activities such as shadowing, mentoring, online learning, lectures, industry visits and a plethora of others which are required to reach competence in the occupation.
You will have access to your own Professional Learning Mentor and a dedicated Senior Leadership Tutor (if you are on the Senior Leadership Programme) throughout the programme. All Associates will also be provided with an online portfolio and Virtual Learning Environment. These will contain literature, videos and podcasts covering leadership and management theory.
The average age of Associates on our programmes is 38 and so most haven't done any formal learning for a while. For this reason our Foundation Module is focussed on getting everyone back into a learning mindset.
Each module will have face to face workshops that are delivered in various locations throughout England. However, there will also be a virtual option available for each module too in case you are unable attend each module in person. We want to be as flexible as possible for Associates to be able to take part in our courses so it can fit alongside your other commitments.
This depends on the level of the apprenticeship you are interested in.
Associates for all programmes will need to show their GCSE certificates in English and Maths with a Grade C or will need to take an equivalency programme and exam.
For the NCLM’s Senior Leader Apprenticeship you will need a degree because this comes with a Masters.
We work hard to ensure everyone who can benefit from our programmes can join where possible so please get in touch so we can understand more about your qualifications and experience and how we can help you with your professional development.
We can offer you a consultation call with one of our Leadership Consultants. This will take a look at your levy pot and also the needs of your organisation and make recommendations to meet your goals and requirements. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or book in a call with us to find out more.
This is easy and details can be found here: www.gov.uk/guidance/manage-apprenticeship-funds
No, you can’t use the apprenticeship to pay wages, just the training. However the government is currently offering £3,000 to help with wages if you take on a new apprentice.
Yes, you can access apprenticeship funding in two ways