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Apprenticeship information for employers

What are apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are work-based programmes which allow students to work with employers to develop their skills while gaining a nationally recognised qualification. These hands-on programmes are created based on employer demands, enabling apprentices to improve their abilities to match employer requirements. All employers pay a wage to apprentices and are committed to their progression.

We support businesses with multiple aspects of apprenticeship recruitment, including: writing job descriptions, advertising your opportunities on national job boards, sifting applications based on your specifications, supporting you with the paperwork for funding and more.

 

Training takes place during work and at college. The main benefits of apprenticeships include:

  • All programmes are crafted based on local employer demands
  • The skills developed during apprenticeships are matched to each employers’ needs
  • Apprentices can bring a wealth of vocational experience from studying at Harrogate College

We provide Intermediate, Advanced and Higher apprenticeships in areas including:

 

Minimum wages from 1 April 2020
Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2020 (current rate) £8.72 £8.20 £6.45 £4.55 £4.15

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:

  • Aged under 19.
  • Aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship.

 

If you’d be interested in working with us to run an apprenticeship, please contact the team on apprenticeships@harrogate.ac.uk.

 

 

Apprenticeship funding from the government
Most employers who are running apprenticeships are eligible for funding from the government. The following information provides guidance on funding, however please contact apprenticeships@harrogate.ac.uk if you require further information.
Employers with less than 50 employees

If you’re an employer with fewer than 50 employees, the government will fund all the apprenticeship training costs up to the funding band maximum if, on the first day of the apprenticeship, the apprentice is:

  • Between 16 and 18 years old (or 15 years old if the apprentice’s 16th birthday is between the last Friday of June and 31 August).
  • Between 19 and 24 years old and has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan provided by their local authority or has been in the care of their local authority.
Sharing apprenticeship costs with the government

If you have at least 50 employees or your apprentice does not meet the criteria above, you’ll share apprenticeship costs with the government. This means:

  • You’ll pay 5% towards the cost of training and assessing your apprentice.
  • The government will pay the remaining 95%, up to the funding band maximum.
Employer incentive payments for training young apprentices

All employers will receive £1,000 if, at the start of the apprenticeship, the apprentice is:

  • Between 16 and 18 years old (or 15 years old if the apprentice’s 16th birthday is between the last Friday of June and 31 August).
  • Between 19 and 24 years old and has either an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan provided by their local authority or has been in the care of their local authority.

This will be paid to you in two equal instalments, 3 months and 12 months into the apprenticeship, through your training provider.

Additional incentive payments

The government has recently announced further incentive payments for employers from 1 August 2020 to 31 January 2021.

There are two levels of payment: £2000 for 16 to 24 year olds and £1500 for apprentices aged 25 or over.

To be eligible for additional incentive payments, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Apprentice must have a contract of employment with a start date between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021.
  • Apprentice must not have been employed by the employer within six months prior to the contract start date.
  • Claims for the new payment must be made by the employer through the apprenticeship service.
  • Payments are made in two equal instalments if the apprentice is still in learning at day 90 and day 365.
Minimum wages from 1 April 2020
Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2020 (current rate) £8.72 £8.20 £6.45 £4.55 £4.15

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:

  • Aged under 19.
  • Aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship.
The apprenticeship levy
Since April 2017, employers with a pay bill over £3 million each year must pay the apprenticeship levy. However, not many people are aware that levy payers can support apprenticeships in other organisations by transferring up to 25% of their annual value of funds entering the apprenticeship service account to other employers. These funds can be transferred to any employer.
If you have any questions regarding the apprenticeship levy, please contact our team on apprenticeships@harrogate.ac.uk.
Transferring levy funds
Levy-paying employers can transfer up to 25% of their apprenticeship levy payment to other employers. Doing this means companies can help fund training in smaller companies or those in their supply chain that might not have the resources to fund apprenticeships themselves.
How transferring funds works:

Employers who wish to transfer funds can do so in a number of ways:

  • Work with employers in your supply chain.
  • Get in touch with employers in your industry.
  • Work with regional partners.
  • Speak with the Apprenticeship team at Harrogate College to discuss potential employers.
Sending and receiving employers need to know that:
  • Funds are paid monthly for the duration of the apprenticeship.
  • Only levy-paying employers can make a transfer.
  • Any employer can receive and use transferred funds.
  • Sending and receiving employers have to be registered on the apprenticeship service.
  • A transfer can only be used to pay for training and assessment for apprenticeship standards.
  • Transfers can only be used for new starts, except where the apprentice is changing employers and an agreement to continue their apprenticeship with their new employer is through a transfer of levy funds.
How to start a transfer
The sending employer and the receiving employer need to first agree the details of the transfer of funds, such as deciding which apprenticeship standard, how many apprentices and the cost.
Once both employers are registered on the apprenticeship service, the following must be done in their accounts to complete a transfer:

  • Connect with each other.
  • Receiving employer to add the apprentice details.
  • Confirm the transfer.
Employers who are transferring funds

Before you make a transfer from your apprenticeship account, you must:

  • Have enough funds to transfer to another employer.
  • Understand you will be funding the total cost of their apprenticeship and not just the co-investment.
  • Agree the details of the apprenticeship you’re funding with the employer who is receiving the transfer.
  • Be aware of the funding rules around transferring apprenticeship funds.

Additional information on transferring funds:

  • You can’t transfer funds to another employer if you currently receive a transfer.
  • If you’re currently transferring funds to another employer, you can’t receive transferred funds to pay for your apprenticeships.
  • Transfer payments will leave your apprenticeship service account first each month.
  • If the apprenticeship stops, your transferred payments will stop as well.
Employers who want to receive a transfer

If you want to receive a transfer from another employer, you must be aware of the following:

  • You can only use the transferred funds for apprenticeship training and assessment.
  • Transferred funds can only be used for apprenticeship standards.
  • You’ll need to create an account on the apprenticeship service to receive the transfer and pay for apprenticeship training.
  • You’ll need to sign an agreement with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).
  • Transfer payments will be made monthly from the sending employer to your apprenticeship account.
  • If the apprenticeship stops then the funding will stop too.
  • You won’t have to pay any funds back to the sending employer.
  • If the employer sending you funds runs out of money, you must make the relevant employer co-investment contribution (currently 5%).
  • A transfer can fund up to the funding band maximum of a standard. If the cost of training is more, you’ll have to pay the difference to the training provider.
  • If a training provider transfers funds to you, they cannot deliver the training for that funded apprenticeship.
State aid
Employers need to take account of state aid rules when receiving funds from other organisations.
A percentage of all the funds you receive as a transfer may be considered as state aid. This represents the amount of co-investment you would otherwise have had to contribute towards the apprenticeship, if funds had not been transferred.
For starts funded through a transfer on or after 1 April 2019, only 5% may count.
Before accepting a transfer, employers should check how much state aid they’ve already received in any three year period. The limit an organisation is allowed to receive as state aid is €200,000 in any rolling 3-year period.

If you have any questions regarding apprenticeships, please email a member of our team at  apprenticeships@harrogate.ac.uk.

Levels of apprenticeships

Intermediate apprenticeships

Intermediate apprenticeships are allocated to junior roles within a company and involve teaching candidates the basic skills and knowledge required to progress within their chosen field. Examples include an admin assistant, junior hair stylist or commis chef.

Advanced apprenticeships

Advanced apprenticeships develop the skills acquired from an intermediate apprenticeship. These programmes specialise the candidate’s knowledge of the industry and are suitable for those who have previously completed an apprenticeship or have been within their job role for some time. Examples include a software developer, chef de partie or electrical engineer.

Higher apprenticeships

Higher apprenticeships are suitable for those in senior roles within a company who wish to develop their skills further to progress. These apprenticeships are equivalent to a foundation degree or HND. Examples include an apprentice teacher, lab technician or project manager.

Degree apprenticeships

Degree or master’s degree apprenticeships are for those who want to be a specialist with their field or work in a senior position within a company. These apprenticeships typically involve the undertaking of an under/postgraduate qualification. Examples include a managing director, laboratory scientist or HE lecturer.

For more information on apprenticeships,

call 0142 387 9466 or

email apprenticeships@harrogate.ac.uk.

 

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