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Guide to apprenticeships
Employers are increasingly finding apprentices can offer an attractive way to diversify recruitment and bring in fresh talent to their companies. Apprenticeships, which last between 1 and 4 years, combine real-world work experience with a structured training programme. They include qualifications ranging from popular industry certifications to honours degrees.
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Benefits of digital apprenticeships
- New talent: Recruit and develop ambitious school leavers with the skills and experience to excel in your workplace
- Retention and productivity: Apprentices can help support existing staff to develop and progress
- Tailor-made: From online training to part time study, a programme can be created around and digital roles and training needs
- Cost-effective: The average apprentice increases business productivity by £214 per week
- Fresh ideas: Having an apprentice who is learning about the industry can give a unique insight on projects
- Learning at all levels: From level 2 to MSc, apprenticeships can train learners of all levels and abilies
- High-quality support: Accredited training providers can help employers through the entire hiring process
The detail - what you need to know
There are currently 4 levels of apprenticeships plus brand new MSc apprenticeships. Any level you choose is available in a range of subjects from Network Engineer to Digital Marketeer.
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An apprentice can be a new or existing employee of any age, but they must meet the following criteria:
- Be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week
- Cannot be receiving funding for any other training
- Be a permanent UK Citizen or hold a UK National Insurance Number/li>
- Be a EU National; or EEA migrant worker who has been in the EU for past three years; or ‘Settled Status’ – i.e. resident in the UK for at least three years or spouse of UK citizen or person with settled status who has been both married and resident in the UK for one year
You can either recruit apprentices through your own methods or use a training provider to support you in your search. Additionally, The Digital Apprenticeship Company, a Tech Partnership social enterprise company, gives its members access to tech talent through its learning resources and candidate attraction service.
Once an apprentice has completed their training you are under no obligation to offer them employment, however, you may find the skills they have learned on their apprenticeship valuable to your company. Following the successful completion of an apprenticeship, many apprentices go on to complete higher level apprenticeships as a natural route for progression. The Tech Partnership's occupational map (coming soon) can help you understand progression paths in digital careers
Apprenticeship standards show what an apprentice will be doing and the skills required of them, for their specific job role. Standards are developed by employer groups known as ‘trailblazers’ and improved by government. They give employers confidence that their apprentice will develop the skills they need to make real contribution to their company. For more detailed information visit the apprenticeship standards section.
You can source an apprentice either directly, through a training provider or through an apprenticeship training agency (ATA). If you take the direct route – for example, advertising directly on online job boards – be warned that this can highly time consuming. Alternatively, your training provider is able to help you find and recruit apprentices – as well as handling your apprentices’ training, qualification and assessment. The Tech Partnership recommends their quakity-assured Tech Industry Gold training providers. Some prefer to use an ATA which involved you paying a fee to the agency for an apprentice to work for you; the agency is then the apprentice’s employer so they supervise the apprentice’s learning, including their training and assessment.
Step 1: Find the right training provider for you through the Tech Partnership's recommended list
Step 2: Find the right apprenticeship course for your business
Step 3: Contact the training provider and get started
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