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What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a combination of an employee learning new knowledge, skills and behaviours while often working towards a formal qualification, alongside being in full time paid employment. By the end of the programme, an Apprentice will be considered competent in the programme and level they have undertaken.

How are Apprenticeships delivered?

Apprenticeship training with APT is delivered by majority in the classroom. The frequency of delivery varies from programme to programme, from one day or evening a week, to once a fortnight. Apprentices are also expected to study outside of the classroom, using online and textbook resources provided by APT in working hours. The Apprentice will complete an End-Point Assessment at the end of the programme, assessing the knowledge, skills and behaviours learned.

Benefits of Apprenticeships

Increased Productivity

    • Studies have shown that over 80% of businesses that employed apprentices found their productivity had increased due to this. Employing apprentices is highly cost effective and studies show apprentices increase productivity by £214 per week.

Positive long-term development

    • Taking on apprentices came diversify the skills you have within your organisation and they will often learn and be trained using new methods and technologies. It also helps your more senior members of staff enhance their skills, by training and relaying information to apprentices.

Increase Staff Retention

    • 90% of apprentices stay on in their place of work following the completion of their Apprenticeship.

How long do Apprenticeship Programmes last?

Apprenticeships with APT usually last between a minimum of 12 months and maximum of 60 months, dependant of the programme of study.

Are there fees for recruiting an Apprentice?

Apprentices can be funded via three different methods, differing between the criteria of the Employer and Apprentice. These methods are:

  • Apprenticeship Levy
  • Apprenticeship Co-investment
  • 100% Government Support Allowance

Find out more (hyperlink to Apprenticeship funding page)

Are Apprenticeships for new recruits only?

No. You can also upskill your current workforce through Apprenticeship training.

Do I have to pay Apprentice’s?

Yes. Apprentices are paid and have contracts of employment like any other employee. Different pay laws apply to Apprentices.

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