FAQs - Apprenticeships


FAQs - Apprenticeships


What does an Apprenticeship Involve?

An Apprenticeship is blended training that comprises of a mix of both on-the-job and off-the-job learning. All apprenticeships work towards completing an approved framework or apprenticeship standard which must spend at least a minimum of 20% of their time on off-the-job training. Apprenticeship training must be at least 12 months long with the apprentice employed in a real job for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Who can be an Apprentice?

Anyone over the age of 16 can be an apprentice. This can be a new recruit or an existing member of your workforce. Even if the applicant holds an equivalent or higher level of qualification, as long as it’s in a different subject area, they can still become an apprentice.

What levels of Apprenticeships do you offer?

We offer apprenticeships from level 2 (equivalent to GCSE level) all the way up to our higher and degree level apprenticeships.

How much do I have to Pay an Apprentice?

From April 2017 the minimum hourly rate for an apprentice will be £3.50ph. This rate can be applied is the apprentice is aged under 19 or if they’re aged 19 or over if they are in the first year of their apprenticeship. Apprentices aged 19 or over that have completed their first year are entitled to the national minimum wage for their age bracket. You can see the national minimum wage here.

Why should I Hire an Apprentice?

There are many benefits to hiring an apprentice for businesses. Unlike traditional academia an apprentice learns skills, attitudes and behaviours central to their occupation, industry and your business. Apprenticeships can be used for professional development, succession planning, recruitment and career development, making them a flexible and powerful tool for training and development within your business. You can read more about the benefits of apprenticeships here.

I’m interested in Apprenticeships for my Business, What Next?

Whether you have a vacancy in mind, a member of staff you’d like to up-skill or just want to learn more about apprenticeships one of our Business Executives at Leeds City College can help.

Please contact us for more details – employers@leedscitycollege.ac.uk or call 0113 386 1997.

What is the Apprenticeship Levy?

The Apprenticeship Levy comes in to effect in April 2017. It will essentially automatically tax businesses with a total payroll of over £3million at a rate of 0.5%. The government then tops up this deduction by 10% and the funds are put into a pot for businesses to access and spend on apprenticeship training via the Digital Apprenticeship Service. To find out more read our Apprenticeship Levy Guide and FAQ.

What if I’m not a Levy Payer?

If you do not pay the levy, you won’t need to use the digital apprenticeship service to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment until at least 2018. The Government will ask you to make a 10% contribution to the cost of Apprenticeship training and they will pay the rest (90%), up to the maximum amount of Government funding available for that apprenticeship. To find out more about the Co-Investment Model for Non-Levy Payers click here.