Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to national recognised qualifications. You can use Apprenticeships to train both new and existing employees. Funding is available to train apprentices.

Apprenticeships are designed by the Sector Skills Councils, while the National Apprenticeship Service helps to fund the training. Business representatives from the relevant industry sector work with the Sector Skills Councils to develop the course content. Because they genuinely understand your business, the training will be relevant for your industry.

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NTP Services Limited work in partnership with George Farmer Technology & Language College to offer Apprenticeships. We offer the following Apprenticeships in Warehousing:-

  • Apprenticeship in Warehouse & Storage
  • Apprenticeship in Warehouse & Storage with principles technical certificate
  • Apprenticeship in Logistics Operations
  • Apprenticeship in Traffic Office
  • Apprenticeship in Driving Goods Vehicles

Facts in numbers

  • 80% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive.
  • 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices.
  • The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is £2.50 per hour however, many employers prefer to pay more
  • Employers who take on a 16-18 year old apprentice only pay their salary. The Government will fund their training.
  • There are over 85,000 employers offering Apprenticeships in more than 130,000 locations; there are almost 200 frameworks suitable for hundreds of job roles.
  • 88% of employers who employ apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.
  • 83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future.
  • One in five employers are hiring more apprentices to help them through the tough economic climate.

Training
As Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes, most of the training is ‘on the job’ – at your premises. The rest can be provided by NTP Services Limited & George Farmer Technology & Language College.
As the employer you must give your apprentices an induction into their role and provide on-the-job training. You are also responsible for paying your apprentices’ wages.
NTP Services and George Farmer will be able to support and guide you. We will work with you to:

  • Help you decide which Apprenticeship is right for you;
  • Explain the way that Apprenticeships might work for you and if funding is available;
  • Agree a training plan with your apprentice;
  • Recruit an apprentice or support your existing staff into Apprenticeships;
  • Manage the training and evaluation; and
  • Ensure that national quality standards are met and deliver integrated, coherent training.

National Minimum Wage
A National Minimum Wage for apprentices was introduced on 1 October 2010. The wage applies to all apprentices aged under 19; and apprentices aged 19 or over in the first year of their Apprenticeship.
The apprentice minimum wage is £2.50 per hour and applies to time working, plus time spent training that is part of the Apprenticeship. Employers are free to pay above the new wage and many do so, but employers must ensure that they are paying their apprentices at least the minimum wage.
If an apprentice is on a higher wage, the employer must continue to pay that for the remainder of the training or until the apprentice becomes eligible for the full national minimum wage.

The Business Benefits
Apprenticeships can help businesses across all sectors by offering a route to harness fresh new talent.
UK businesses consider skills shortages and recruitment difficulties a bigger threat to performance than soaring oil prices and declining consumer spending, and more than a quarter of these rate this form of vocational training higher than any other qualification.
Apprenticeships ensure that your workforce has the practical skills and qualifications your organisation needs now and in the future. The mixture of on and off job learning ensures they learn the skills that work best for your business.
Over 130,000 businesses offer apprentice places because they understand the benefits that apprentices bring to their business – increased productivity, improved competitiveness and a committed and competent work-force.  

Improve your bottom line
Apprenticeships deliver real returns to your bottom line, with Apprenticeships helping them to improve productivity and to be more competitive. Training apprentices can also be more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs.

Fill your skills gaps
Apprenticeships deliver skills designed around your business needs providing the skilled workers you need for the future. They also help you develop the specialist skills you need to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in your sector.

Motivate your workforce
Apprentices tend to be eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invested in them. Remember, an apprentice is with you because they want to be – they have made an active choice to learn on the job and a commitment to a specific career.

Benefits in numbers
Earlier research, conducted in February 2008 by Populous on behalf of the LSC to launch the first National Apprenticeship Week revealed:

  • 77% of employers believe Apprenticeships make them more competitive;
  • 76% say that Apprenticeships provide higher overall productivity;
  • 80% feel that Apprenticeships reduce staff turnover;
  • 83% of employers rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future;
  • Two-thirds of respondents believe that their Apprenticeship programme helps them fill vacancies more quickly, whilst
  • 88% believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce;
  • 59% report that training apprentices is more cost-effective than hiring skilled staff, with 59% believing that Apprenticeships lead to lower overall training costs and 53% feeling that they reduce recruitment costs;
  • In terms of the return on investment linked to Apprenticeships, 41% say that their apprentices make a valuable contribution to the business during their training period, while a further third (33%) report that apprentices add value within their first few weeks (or even from Day One);
  • 57% report a high proportion of their apprentices going on to management positions within the company;

Over three-quarters of respondents expect apprenticeships to play a bigger part in their recruitment policy in the future

How can we get an Apprentice?
The next step is to discuss your exact training requirements with an Apprenticeship representative. Call 01406 424922 or email skillstraining@ntpservices.co.uk for more information on how apprentices can help your business.

 

For more information please call us on 01406 424922
or email skillstraining@ntpservices.co.uk
For more information you can also download our Vocational Qualifications Prospectus.