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Apprenticeships Make Good Business Sense

Apprenticeships offer businesses a cost-effective route to harness fresh new talent and ‘grow your own’ managers of the future. Apprentices can help your organisation to increase productivity, improve competitive edge and ensure you have a committed and competent workforce to meet future challenges. Vogal Training is proud to offer Apprenticeships with delivery methods and styles to suit your individual business needs.

Employing an Apprentice

Vogal will support your business at every stage from your initial enquiry to celebrating the successful achievements of your Apprentices. We will guide you through the recruitment process including advertising your job opportunities and the initial screening of Apprentice applicants.

We will provide ongoing support and guidance on Apprenticeship Reform and Government Policy so don’t delay and contact Vogal Training to see how we can begin to help you benefit from Apprenticeships and take your business onto the next stage of success. We will provide you with comprehensive details about each Apprenticeship so you can make an informed choice about what will work for your business.

Benefits of an Apprenticeship

  • Develop own skilled workforce resulting in reduced staff turnover, recruitment fees and time
  • Future proof your business success and competitive edge through succession planning and workforce strategy to reduce future skills gaps
  • Diversify your workforce and enhance your business culture

  • For those Apprentices aged 16-18 at the start of the Apprenticeship there is no employer contribution. For those 19 and over, an employer contribution varies with each framework.
  • You could also be eligible for an incentive payment of £1,000 for every 16-18 year old Apprentice you employ (subject to availability of this initiative)

Myth Busters

MythFacts
I can only use the levy for new Apprentices which means taking on new staffApprentices can be new team members or existing staff – you can use Apprenticeship funding / levy to upskill any member of your workforce if you wish but it must be used for the development of new skills
Only some companies have to pay the levy. How do I know if I already pay or not?The levy will only apply to businesses with a pay bill of more than £3 million. The levy is collected monthly through the PAYE system alongside Income Tax and National Insurance.
I can’t take on an Apprentice because my organisation does not have to pay the levyAll employers who do not pay the levy will be able to access Government funding for Apprenticeships and can find out more via this link
All Apprenticeships include 1 day releaseIn any Apprenticeship, 20% off the job training must take place either in or out of the working environment but it must be undertaken outside of day-to-day work duties. This can include 1 or more days of learning at Vogal.
Apprenticeships are only for 16 year oldsApprenticeships are available to all ages and can be used to upskill your existing staff. An employer contribution may apply depending on the size of your business (we can advise).
I’ve heard the phrase ‘use it or lose it’ for employers – do we have a period of time to use our levy by?Employers in England will be able to reclaim their levy contributions through a digital fund to pay for training Apprentices. Any unspent funds in an employer’s digital account will expire 24 months after being issued (rolling basis)
English and maths counts towards the 20% requirement for off-the-job trainingEnglish and maths (at level 2 or below) does not count towards the 20% off-the-job training. Apprenticeships focus on developing occupational competency and knowledge. Training for English and maths must be on top of the 20% off-the-job training requirement.
I can only use my levy to fund Apprenticeship StandardsThe levy fund can be used for any published Apprenticeship course, whether it is a new Standard or an existing Framework (The last date for enrolment onto a Framework is 31/07/2020)
Off-the-job training can be done in the apprentice’s own timeAn Apprenticeship is a work-based programme so all off-the-job training must take place within the apprentice’s normal working hours*. If planned off-the-job training is unable to take place, it must be rearranged. Apprentices may choose to spend additional time training outside paid hours, but this must not be required to complete the Apprenticeship. (*excluding overtime)