WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW AS AN EMPLOYER 

We hope the information on this page will provide answers to your apprenticeship questions. however if you have further questions, our business account managers are on hand to answer any questions you might have. Please get in touch by calling 01273 892127 or email business@plumpton.ac.uk.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job with training. Through their apprenticeship, your apprentice will gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills and behaviours they need for their immediate job and future career. They gain this through formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise these new skills while in the workplace. 

What is off-the-job training?

Off-the-job training is defined as training which is received by your apprentice, during their normal paid working hours, for the purpose of achieving their apprenticeship. It is a condition of the apprenticeship that your apprentice will spend a minimum of 20% of their normal paid working hours completing off-the-job training. It is not on-the-job training which is training received by the apprentice for the sole purpose of enabling the apprentice to perform the work for which they have been employed. 

Who can do an apprenticeship?

Anyone over the age of 16 who has the right to work in the UK. An apprenticeship can benefit any employee whether they’re taking their first steps into full time employment or have already been working for some time. A new recruit or an existing employee can benefit from developing their knowledge and skills via an apprenticeship. 

How much should I pay my apprentice?

How much you pay your apprentice is up to you. Every apprentice must be paid a lawful wage no less than the National Minimum Wage for the time they are in work and in off-the-job training. Current wage rate information can be found HERE

You may wish to pay more than minimum wage to attract and retain the best talent for your business, and wages often go up as skills develop. If you would like an existing employee to go onto an Apprenticeship training programme, they should continue to receive their current rate of pay and their contract with you wouldn’t need to change. 

How often will my apprentice attend college?

This depends on the apprenticeship programme your apprentice is enrolled on. This could range from one day a week or fortnight to block release (a number of weeks a year). We will work with to decide how the off-the-job training will be delivered. In addition to college attendance, regular face to face or remote workplace reviews between your apprentice, their designated workplace mentor or line manager and the college will take place.

How long does an apprenticeship last?

This depends on which apprenticeship programme your apprentice is enrolled on and their existing skills, knowledge and behaviours. An apprenticeship must provide for a practical period of training that lasts for a minimum duration of 12 months. The minimum duration of an apprenticeship is based on your apprentice working at least 30 hours a week, including any off-the-job training they undertake. 

How is an apprentice assessed?

An apprentice’s progression will be tracked throughout their apprenticeship. Course work, professional discussions and assessments will take place during their learning period with certain apprenticeships requiring the completion of specific qualifications. Your apprentice may also be required to complete maths and English (functional skills) qualifications if they do not have prior attainment.

At the end of the learning period your apprentice will complete an end point assessment with each programme having a slightly different requirement. This could include a written exam, interview or oral assessment on the content of an apprentice’s portfolio, production of a show piece, observed practice in the workplace or a simulation exercise.

Can the college help me recruit?

Absolutely! There are a number of ways we can support you with recruiting an apprentice. Visit our Apprentice Recruitment Service page or call our apprenticeship recruitment team on 01273 892127

How much does an apprenticeship cost?

A benefit of engaging with apprenticeships is that the majority of your apprentice’s training and assessment is Government funded via the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS). The amount you pay depends on the apprenticeship programme, the number of staff you employ, the age of your apprentice and whether they have any prior skills or knowledge relevant to the apprenticeship programme. If you're an employer with a pay bill (PAYE) of more than £3 million each year your apprentice’s training cost will be covered via your apprenticeship levy. 

What apprenticeships do Plumpton College offer?

Plumpton College is a leading land-based college, our offer might be smaller than a general further education college but that’s because we only deliver apprenticeships in areas in which we specialise in. From Arboriculture to Viticulture or Land based Service Engineering to Veterinary Nursing we have a broad range of land-based apprenticeships available. To review our full offer please visit our Apprenticeships page.

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