Apprenticeships help you recruit new talent into your business and increase the skills and capabilities of your people.
Apprentices complete a structured programme of training specific to the needs of your industry. They can progress from introductory courses to advanced and higher level study equivalent to degree study, but unlike purely academic learning, all their knowledge is tuned to your needs.
The methods of learning vary by subject requiring college attendance either one day a week or once a month. In addition to college teaching, we support learners on site at the your premises via regular review meetings and assessment observations.
Government funding is available to support training and employers can also potentially access a government incentive of £1,000 if they recruit a new Apprentice aged 16-18.
When you hire new apprentices between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021, you can apply for extra funding to give your organisation a boost.
For apprentices aged:
16 to 24, you’ll receive £2,000
over 25, you’ll receive £1,500
The payment is in addition to the existing £1,000 you’ll already get for taking on an apprentice who is:
aged 16 to 18 years old
under 25 and has an education, health and care plan or has been in the care of their local authority
You could get the incentive payment when you hire an apprentice who’s been made redundant, as long as they’re new to your organisation. An incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice is different to the apprenticeship levy, and you can spend it on anything to support your organisation’s costs. For example, you could spend it on facilities, uniforms, your apprentice’s travel or their salary. You won’t need to pay it back.
Are you a business who has not had an apprentice in the last three years, employing less than 250 employees? A brand-new project has been launched to encourage the uptake of apprentices and number of apprenticeships being offered across the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough area.
West Suffolk College is delighted with the government announcements relating to a Plan for Jobs and we are currently working with the Education and Skills Funding Agency to ensure that we are ready to help employers maximise every opportunity to receive support.
We are able to offer recruitment and candidate matching support and assist with you claiming the financial incentives that you may be entitled to. This is a fantastic time to recruit an Apprentice, offer work experience or train your existing workforce to help your business restart and recover.
West Suffolk College is here for you!
Apprentice minimum wage
The national minimum wage for apprentices is £4.15 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the national minimum wage rate if they’re an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
✔️ We are currently training over 1700 Apprentices
✔️ We are currently supporting over 1000 employers
✔️ We offer over 65 Apprenticeship Programmes
✔️ The average salary for Apprentices paid by the employers we support is £189.96 per week, meaning our vacancies are paying £53.46 per week on average more than the National Minimum Wage for Apprenticeships
✔️ Our biggest area for growth is Engineering / Manufacturing and Childcare based on recruitment in 2018/19
Traineeships attract and develop the potential of the next generation
A traineeship is a new education and training programme which combined with work experience prepares young people aged 16 to 24 for employment.
Traineeships were developed in response to research showing that young people frequently lack the knowledge and experience employers expect in the workplace. Traineeships tackle that problem, while benefiting trainees and employers.
Traineeships last a maximum of six months with the goal of encouraging trainees to continue their development through an apprenticeship.
As an employer you are expected to provide an appropriate work placement opportunity. In turn, West Suffolk College provides work preparation training, English and maths support if required, and a more flexible component of additional training designed to match the needs of your employment setting or industry.