Work-based learning

Helping a young person learn whilst working within your business is a great way to develop a motivated, skilled, and qualified workforce. Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Employment Support Programmes offer real job experience while studying for a formal qualification, usually at a local college or training centre for up to a day every week. However, you can adapt these training programmes to meet the needs of your organisation filling gaps within your workforce skillset and helping your business grow. The length of these programmes varies, as do the requirements to pay the minimum wage.

Apprenticeships

Offering apprenticeships is an effective way for any organisation to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. Those starting an apprenticeship are aged 16 or older. They will also be studying at a local college or training centre for twenty percent off-the-job training, and are usually released for one day a week to complete this. There are minimum wage requirements for apprentices. The funding for an apprenticeship comes from the employer and the government. The amount that an employer pays will depend on a number of variables including the type of apprenticeship, the size of the employer and the age of the apprentice.

On completing their apprenticeship an individual is competent to undertake the occupation they have trained for. They could also move to a more senior apprenticeship. Ninety percent of apprentices stay on in their place of work after completing an apprenticeship. 

Apprenticeships take a minimum of twelve months, they are available at a range of levels ranging from the equivalent of GCSE to post-graduate.

Headline benefits

  • Additional resource
  • Being part of your local community
  • Building partnerships
  • Staff development
  • Talent spotting

Your commitment

  • Delivery time: Ongoing
  • Equipment and/or facilities
  • ­Liaison with education institution
  • ­Substantial preparation time
  • ­Supervision and line management

Further information
www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/employer/benefits
www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-funding

 

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Traineeships

A traineeship is an education programme, lasting up to 6 months including an initial period at a training centre or college followed by a significant period of work experience, preparing motivated young people for their future careers by helping them to become work-ready. Designed for people aged 16 to 24 who do not yet have the appropriate skills or experience, traineeships provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure an apprenticeship or employmenton completion of the traineeship.

A traineeship has three core elements:

  • A high-quality work experience placement with an employer.
  • Work preparation training, provided by the education/training organisation.
  • English and maths support, if required, provided by the education/training organisation.

Employers are not required to pay trainees for the work placement and traineeships are exempt from the minimum wage. 

Headline benefits

  • Additional resource
  • Being part of your local community
  • Building partnerships
  • Staff development
  • Talent spotting

Your commitment

  • Delivery time: Ongoing
  • Equipment and/or facilities
  • ­Liaison with education institution
  • ­Substantial preparation time
  • ­Supervision and line management

Further information
www.gov.uk/guidance/traineeship-information-for-employers

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Employment support programmes

The government has introduced several schemes to provide help and training to young people looking for work, who may not have a set of formal qualifications, or may have been through alternative education routes. They all benefit from employer involvement, in terms of offering either work placements or providing advice and guidance. These programmes are administered through the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP), and include:

  • Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS): YESS helps long-term unemployed young people get back into the workplace. It gives people aged 18–24 the opportunity to learn basic work and social skills in a supportive environment, while on a work placement in a host organisation.
  • New Enterprise Allowance: helping unemployed people who want to start their own business; rolled out in selected areas.
  • Sector-based work academies: offering sector-specific pre-employment training, work experience placements and a guaranteed job interview in sectors with current local vacancies. 

Headline benefits

  • Additional resource
  • Being part of your local community
  • Building partnerships
  • Staff development
  • Talent spotting

Your commitment

  • Delivery time: Ongoing
  • Equipment and/or facilities
  • ­Liaison with education institution
  • ­Substantial preparation time
  • ­Supervision and line management

Further information
https://ersa.org.uk/about/employmentprogrammes

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