How much does recruiting an apprentice cost for an employer?
The cost for you is the apprentice’s salary. The minimum apprentice salary has been set by the government at £3.50 per hour. NGTC Training services would recommend that you start your apprentice on a minimum of £150 per week. There are no recruitment costs or training costs, unless your apprentice has turned 19 before the start of their apprenticeship. If your apprentice is aged 19 years or older, you would be required to make a contribution towards their training costs.
How long does a apprenticeship last?
A level 2 or level 3 advanced apprenticeship must last a minimum of 12 months, the level 4 higher apprenticeship is between 15 and 18 months in duration
What happens at the end of the apprenticeship?
94% of our apprentices are taken on at the end of their apprenticeship. At NGTC we ensure our programmes and training deliver long-term benefits for our partners and their apprentices. We provide every apprentices with the opportunity to excel in work, education and everyday life. Employers have the option to progress their apprentice onto higher level apprenticeship, which is funded.
Alternatively, if you are not in a position to offer your apprentice a permanent role at the end of their apprenticeship programme, you are not under any obligation to take them on. However, NGTC insist that this is fed back to us to enable us to support that apprentice into employment elsewhere.
How old are the apprentices?
An apprentice can be any age however full funding is available for 16-18 year olds, reduced funding for 19-23 year olds and there is less funding available for someone 24 or older.
What experience and knowledge do the apprentices have?
In taking on an apprentice you are committing to a 12 month programme where you will be required to provide on-the-job training, mentoring and coaching to your apprentice. In addition to this, the apprentice attends technical, practical & functional skills training courses delivered by NGTC. There are some exceptionally bright and talented young people out there, for whom going to university may not be an option. In most cases the apprentices will not have worked before and will have limited skills and experience, however, with the right support and training, apprentices can learn extremely quickly and work independently, making a contribution to your business within a relatively short space of time.
Our recruitment information, advice and guidance process is extremely thorough, and the team at NGTC ensure that we find individuals with a passion to work within the ‘Stadium Events and Hospitality’ industry, a thirst for knowledge, a great attitude and genuinely wants an opportunity to be a part of your business.
Where are the candidates sourced from?
All of our apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on our on recruitment jobs board and on the national apprenticeship website. We also promote heavily on all social media channels, including the local press, and we work with schools and referral agencies, attending relevant events all year round. At NGTC we also encourage and reward people for friends and family referrals, as we have found young people to be exceptional networkers and quite often will refer their friends.
If you have someone in mind, get in touch to find out if they are eligible for one of our apprenticeships.
What’s involved with the training and how long are the apprentices out of the business?
The apprentice will be required to attend up to 5 weeks of technical training. Courses typically occur every 6-8 weeks, and course dates are flexible as the course schedule around the employer and agreed with your dedicated apprenticeship co-ordinator.
Our apprenticeships are delivered in the classroom and in the workplace which enhances the learning experience as they can deal with real-life scenarios in a risk free environment.
Our training team of technical specialists deliver every course to an exceptional standard and provide support, guidance and tuition to your apprentice.
We also provide a technical help service for all apprentices who can contact one of our industry experts and schedule a 1:1 remote mentored learning session for the duration of their apprenticeship. By partnering with us as your training provider your apprentice will start attending courses, learning and adding value to your business straight away.
What support will the apprentice need?
Provide a ‘buddy’ for each apprentice. A buddy is a person within the workplace who works closely with the apprentice. Responsibilities of the buddy may include:
- Informational resource on policies, procedures, work rules, norms – basically how things are done.
- Help socialise and build networks.
- Provide information.
- Assist with on the job training.
- Be a tour guide.
- Check the apprentice’s work.
- Identify resources that may be of use.
- Provide introductions.
- Monitor the apprentice’s progress, attitude, timekeeping and feed back to NGTC Training
For the majority of apprentices joining the business, this is the first time they have been in a work environment. Apprentices will require additional support and training from their immediate colleagues as well as ongoing feedback.
It is important to ensure the apprentices understand what is expected of them. Apprentices will lack the experience and confidence to manage themselves and their workload and therefore will need to be given targets and timeframes to work towards. If there are issues with the quality of an apprentice’s work, their attitude or behaviour, this needs to be addressed early on.
Please ensure feedback is communicated to the apprentice straight away. Sometimes the cause of an issue is purely a lack of understanding on the apprentice’s part or a breakdown in communication. I.e. The apprentice does not have the confidence to admit when they do not understand something and therefore does not complete the task they were assigned.
In the event that the apprentice does not improve, we have a dedicated customer relations team that you can contact at any time for advice and support. We are here to support the apprentices transition into the workplace and will be available, to address any if required.
Can an existing employee start an apprenticeship?
Yes. However, if they are over the age of 19 you will need to make a contribution towards their training costs. From May 2017, funding rules are set to change which means funding could be available for anyone of any age. Even graduates who do not hold a relevant degree to the apprenticeship could be eligible for full funding. Contact us for more information.