Apprenticeships are a way of learning while working. An apprentice is employed and paid but will work with a tutor or on an accredited course to gain the skills and knowledge to achieve a nationally recognised qualification.
The Government has a target of 3 million apprenticeships and has introduced a levy on employers to fund it. Government want apprenticeships to raise skills and tackle youth unemployment, but also view them as a key method of training and upskilling, and as a important component of business growth.
On 6 April 2017 the Government introduced the apprenticeship levy. The levy requires all employers in the UK with a pay bill over £3 million each year to pay a percentage of their pay bill to an apprenticeship fund.
This levy only affects a small number of companies. Companies with a pay bill below this figure are encouraged to recruit apprenticeships with Government paying 90% of the cost towards the training and in certain cases 100%.
Accessing training and skills
Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal
Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal (HOP) gives students, employers and residents access to all the resources they need to make informed career decisions and build a future talent pipeline.
Whether you are a businesses or apprentice, finding the right course is important. Each apprenticeship is set by a standard and has a set cost. The Government has a Register of Apprenticeship training providers and has an easy search tool to find the course and provider which meets your needs.
Currently there are a number of funded skills programmes operating in North Hertfordshire designed to help get people back into work or provide people with the skills to improve their opportunities of work.
- DWP Workroutes (Reed in Partnership) – supporting unemployed back into work by developing employability skills
- SFA Skills for the unemployed (LearnDirect) – supporting unemployed back into work by developing vocational skills
- Enhanced information advice and guidance (LearnDirect) – provision for enhanced IAG support with a focus on NEETs
- Removing barriers to employment (Hertfordshire County Council) – supporting those furthest away from the labour market (eg ESA benefits) to secure sustainable employment contact: BBO@hertfordshire.gov.uk or 01992 556183
- Financial confidence (Hertfordshire County Council) - providing financial advice to those furthest way from the labour market contact: BBO@hertfordshire.gov.uk or 01992 556183
- Support for young people (Hertfordshire County Council) - Targeting young people who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET, contact BBO@hertfordshire.gov.uk or 01992 556183
- SFA Skills for growth (SEETEC) – Support to upskill employed individuals with a focus on those with current skill level below 2
- Skill support for SMEs (University of Hertfordshire) – Skills advisor to support SMEs to help develop their staff.