Welcome an apprentice to your business

Calling all East Sussex based businesses – are you looking to expand your workforce? Thanks to a new Government initiative you can now recruit a new apprentice or upskill existing staff with all the training costs fully funded. To find out more about this scheme, please get in contact. 

In April 2017, the way that apprenticeships in England are funded by the government is changing. There will be a new apprenticeship levy, for which some employers will be required to contribute towards. There will also be changes to funding for apprenticeship training for all employers too.

If you’re a UK employer, with a pay bill over £3 million each year, you’ll be required to invest into apprenticeships. You’ll be able to benefit from this investment by training apprentices. We’ve produced a helpful guide to explain how this new apprenticeship levy will work as of 6th April 2017. You’ll find out what benefits your organisation will experience from an apprenticeship, plus how apprenticeships are being reformed in our vision for apprenticeships. These reforms will also give you the opportunity to add to the new apprenticeship standards already available. You’ll be able to develop standards to meet the individual needs of your organisation. It also explains the levy principles – regardless of whether you pay the levy or not. 

We’ll be more than happy to advise you with any specific requirements for your business and provide you with guidance on the upcoming changes. Email: commercial@plumpton.ac.uk or call us on 01273 892030 to find out more.

Apprenticeship levy: how it will work

Updated 21 April 2016


  1. Paying the apprenticeship levy
  2. Accessing money paid under the apprenticeship levy
  3. Buying apprenticeship training
  4. What you can spend apprenticeship funding on – all employers
  5. Eligibility for training
  6. When further information will be available
  7. Get in touch

An apprenticeship is a set of qualifications which is also known as a framework, developed by the Sector Skills Council that’s most relevant to your industry sector. Most fit into three levels – Intermediate, Advanced and Higher. Depending on the level of skills you’ll need the candidate to complete or have, apprenticeships fit into three different levels:  

  • Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4 and above) – equivalent to degree level
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship (Level 3) – equivalent to two A Levels
  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeship (Level 2) – equivalent to five A* - C 

So what is an apprenticeship?  A typical framework will include: 

  • A nationally recognised vocational qualification 
  • Functional skills such as communication skills, literacy and numeracy, problem solving and team working
  • A technical certificate relevant to the specific apprenticeship
  • Personal learning and thinking skills 

At Plumpton, we’ll work closely with you to find the right apprenticeship framework that’s the best fit for your role, your organisation and the apprentice. You’ll have the knowledge that you’ll be developing a skilled member of staff at the same time as helping an apprentice gain a real qualification, hands-on work experience while also earning a wage.

Part of the apprenticeship training will be held at your premises, where the apprentice will be able to work with a mentor at your organisation; learning job-specific skills. Your apprentice will also spend a day or block release gaining off-the-job training here at Plumpton. Throughout the training, your apprentice will achieve milestones that will help them within their role.

As a guide, the minimum apprenticeship contract is 30 hours a week with a minimum of a full day’s paid time devoted to education either at college or as work-based learning. If you think that your business may struggle with this, we may be able to suggest alternative ways for your apprenticeships to be delivered. 

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