I am extremely thankful to Aron Myerthall email@example.com. of the British Institute of Recruiters for constructing the following article that I have edited slightly to form an emphasis on Apprenticeships in a wider context than for the recruitment sector that Aron represents. For those reading this article and who have direct interest in the recruitment sector regarding apprenticeships, I would strongly urge you to contact Aron for further information.
For others that may be interested in a wider context I would be delighted to talk with you further.
Below we assess the myths you might be faced with and debunk them once and for all!
Myth: Apprenticeships are expensive.
Reality: This year the Government has introduced the Apprenticeship Levy (TAX) in a bid to bridge the skills gap by raising the number and quality of apprentices in the UK.
The Levy is designed as a “use it or lose it” tax of ½% of a company wage bill. Therefore, there are lots of funds set aside to be used on new apprenticeships and up-skill training. If you have a wage bill of £3 million plus per annum then you already have paid funds into the Levy. These funds can only be claimed back on Apprenticeship Schemes.
If you are not a levy payer then the government will fund 90% of any apprenticeship and you will just need to fund 10%. This is outstanding value which will enable you to bring new Apprentices into your company or you could use it to upskill your existing workforce.
Ultimately you get training for virtually free or pre-paid.
Myth: In-house trainers/L&D personnel will be made obsolete
Reality: One of the biggest worries that In-house trainers/L&D personnel have is that their job would become obsolete once they appoint an apprenticeship/training provider. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Apprenticeship/training programs can deliver the company’s own content. The training programs can be delivered in conjunction with their own induction. So simply put the employer is part of the delivery of an apprenticeship and the training provider awards the qualification upon completion of the course.
For support on how to realign current training to take advantage of the new apprenticeship training please feel free to contact us at the address given at the end of this article.
Myth: Apprenticeships are only for young people
Reality: You are never too old for an apprenticeship. There’s no upper age limit for becoming an apprentice.
One of the most common misconceptions is that the levy or government incentives can only be used on new employees. Existing employees can be up-skilled and you claim the price of their training in the same way as the apprenticeship schemes.
Myth: It’s not as good as a college or university course
Reality: All industries have lots of great opportunities for development and can offer a range of qualifications such as Sales, Management, Finance, HR, Project Management to name a few. Many of the higher qualifications can go on to be equivalent to a university degree, so don’t feel like you’re missing out!
Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels to the below.
|Level||Equivalent Educational Level|
|Intermediate||2||5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C|
|Advanced||3||2 A Level passes|
|Higher||4,5,6 and 7||Foundation Degree and above|
|Degree||6 and 7||Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree|
Myth: Your Apprentice will be out of the office once a week.
Reality: The apprentice is required to spend 20% of the duration of the course doing what the government call “off job training”. This could be loaded front end or back end or spilt throughout the programme.
“Off the job training” can be delivered in the work place so they are at hand for urgent issues, trainers just ensure this training doesn’t involve their normal duties (basically up-training).
“Off the job training” can take the guise off:
The teaching of theory for example:
- Simulation exercises,
- Online learning.
- Work based assignments
But here is where it can become interesting, some of the on the job training may include practical training such as:
- Industry visits,
- Attendance of events
- Work related projects
Learning support and time spent writing assessments/assignments goes toward the 20% “off the job training.
About Sales Improvement Services.
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We provide these services through a range of professional support methods including coaching, consultancy and action based learning, all measured against pre-determined business objectives. Our clients range from start-ups, SME’s, education providers, charities, and medium-sized professional organisations.
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