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The government announced in the 2015 Summer Budget its new initiative to help fund 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. A part of that initiative was the Apprenticeship Levy which came into effect in April 2017 ‒ this has changed the way apprenticeships are funded.

0 - 49 employees

If you are a small employer with under 50 staff, the government will pay all the training costs for a 16 - 18 year old apprentice.
Similar to 16-18 year olds, the government will make a similar payment if you recruit 19 – 24 year olds who have an Education and Healthcare Plan provided by the local authority or those who have been in the care of the local authority.

All employers will receive an incentive payment of £1000 for employing a 16-18 year old apprentice.

Extra Support

16-18 year olds

The government is looking to make extra payments to help meet the additional costs to support the employment of young apprentices. If this happens, it will be paid to you through your chosen apprenticeship provider.

Additional needs

Similar to 16 - 18 year olds, the government is considering a similar payment if you recruit 19 - 24 year olds who have an Education and Healthcare Plan provided by the local authority or those who have been in the care of the local authority.

English and Maths

If your apprentice doesn’t have the minimum standards required in maths and English they will need to complete a maths or English course. The government will pay the providers directly to cover the cost of this training.

National Insurance breaks for employers of apprentices under 25

From April 2016 employers of apprentices under 25 will no longer be required to pay secondary class 1 National Insurance Contributions (NIC) on earnings up to the upper earnings limit, which is currently £43,000, for those employees. This is a saving of 13.8% on everything an apprentice earns over £8,000 per year up to the upper earnings limit.

Choosing Derby College as an apprenticeship partner

Employers will partner with an approved training and assessment centre to deliver agreed training and assessment for their apprentices.

Derby College can be your apprenticeship delivery partner; we will be supporting employers throughout their journey with us.

Our Business Consultants are a team of experts who are able to guide you effortlessly through the system. We offer high quality accredited apprenticeship training so your employees will be trained to the highest possible standard.

What we will do for you

  • We will send one of our Business Consultants into your business to support the management of the process with you end to end.
  • Help plan your strategic workforce and support succession planning.
  • Advertise your vacancy at no cost to you. This is over numerous media platforms reaching over the D2N2 area and nationally in some cases.
  • Select perspective apprentice through robust screening and interviews at no cost to you.
  • Deliver employment training – Employability Skills.
  • Arrange interviews and / or selection days for you to choose the best person for your business at no cost.
  • Support you to gain access to any additional funding to support you and your apprentice.
  • Deliver the apprenticeship framework / standard and support you and your apprentice to gain maximum benefit through the apprenticeship programme

In addition to this we will also assist you:

  • To secure the provider for the end point assessments (standards only).

We work across a wide range of growing sectors including:

  • Care
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Early Years
  • Administration
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Health
  • IT and Social Media
  • Land-based
  • Manufacturing
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Retail
  • Sports