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Hiring an apprentice

Apprenticeships help bring valuable skills into your business with the government’s support.

They’re suitable for people at any level so you can hire someone new or upskill an existing employee.

You’ll need to create an apprenticeship service account to hire an apprentice, we can help you with this.

Aston are able to support you with what, when and how all things apprenticeship and work based qualifications.

including recruit an apprentice

An apprentice must:

  • be 16 or over
  • not already be in full-time education
  • be living in England
 

Training your apprentice

During their apprenticeship, your apprentice will receive two different types of training.

‘Off-the-job’ training is delivered by Aston during your apprentice’s normal working hours.

This training will teach your apprentice the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the apprenticeship standard so they can achieve occupational competence.

‘On-the-job’ training will be delivered by you with Astons support, as the employer. your staff development will be part of the on the job training to help the apprentice perform the job you’ve hired them for.

Boost employee performance and retention

Did you know you can use apprenticeships to upskill and retrain your existing workforce?

You can use apprenticeship training to:

  • fill key skill gaps in your business

  • boost employee motivation by investing in their development

  • improve retention

For example, an experienced employee may be keen to get a formal qualification in their specialist area. 

Or perhaps someone has the aptitude and drive to learn something new and progress into a different role?

There are apprenticeships from level 2 to level 7 (equivalent to a degree) so you’ll be able to find apprenticeships that suit the learning and development needs of your employees.

Apprenticeships are designed by employers so they reflect the relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours that your business needs.

Apprentice Pay / Salary

End-point assessment

End-point assessment (EPA) is an assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that your apprentice has learned throughout an apprenticeship, which confirms that they are occupationally competent.

Assessments have been designed by employers in the sector and are conducted by independent bodies known as end-point assessment organisations (EPAOs).

Aston can support you with selecting an EPAO at the inital period of the apprenticeship programme.

The apprentice will receive their apprenticeship certificate after they have passed all the elements of their EPA, including any required standards in english and maths.

Funding an apprenticeship

The government supports the majority of the cost of apprenticeship training.

The amount you get depends on whether you pay the apprenticeship levy or not.

For non levy employers the employer contributes 95%

Financial incentives for employers

*Employers will receive £3,000 for new apprentices of any age who join their organisation from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021.

You can apply for incentive payments for these apprentices from 1 June 2021 to 30 November 2021.

The incentive payment is in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice:

  • aged 16 to 18 years old
  • under 25 with an education, health and care plan or who has been in the care of their local authority

*correct as 14-5-21

What does an EPA involve?

Each apprenticeship includes an end-point assessment plan, which describes how the apprentice should be tested against appropriate criteria, using suitable methods. For example, your apprentice may need to complete:

  • a practical assessment
  • an interview
  • a project
  • written and/or multiple-choice tests
  • a presentation

Aston ensures all parties know, what ,when and how all elements of their programme including the detail of the EPA.

Supply chain warehouse operative (Apprenticeship Standard)

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