Trent Education Centreis proud to support the Voluntary and Community Sector with Apprenticeship delivery. We continue to grow our contracts around the region. More and more employers are seeing the benefits from employing a young Apprentice within their organisations If you are considering recruiting an Apprentice, you may find the following information useful.

We can access funding for 16-18 year olds and for those aged 19+. We are also able to support applications for the 24+ learning loan which can be used by your employee to purchase a relevant level 3 qualification.

We are able to support Apprenticeships throughout the East Midlands using our own Tutors and with support from selected training providers. Apprenticeships are an ideal way to support and train your existing staff, or present an ideal opportunity to bring in a young person whom you can develop in-house to strengthen your workforce for the future. Please note Apprenticeships are currently not available to volunteers.

What is an Apprenticeship?

It is a work-based training programme, designed around the needs of the employer and employee, that develops the skills an employee needs to do their job. It will lead to a nationally recognised qualification.

There are two routes into an Apprenticeship:

Routes to an Apprenticeship

Existing employees will be able to access an Apprenticeship if they are employed for 30 hours a week or more.

How to take on an apprentice as an employer, what’s expected of you and what funding you can get.

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Apprenticeships are more popular than ever. Currently, one in five employers are investing in the training of more apprentices.

In return, employers benefit from a motivated member of staff who wants to learn and help their business grow.

Benefits of taking on an apprentice

  • 80% of employers state that apprentices have made their business more productive.
  • Apprentices get access to the latest industry knowledge and technology through their training and qualifications. Having apprentices with up-to-date technical and business skills and knowledge may help your company target new clients and open up markets.
  • Skills and knowledge can be passed on to colleagues, improving team performance
  • Increased loyalty to your business, resulting in high value long-term investments
  • Improved health and safety and reduced absenteeism
  • Familiarity with new legislation and quality standards
  • An improved corporate image

What is expected of my business?

You must pay an apprentice at least the minimum wage. If your business is eligible, there are grants available from the Government and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), to help with your costs.

What we can offer you

  • Regular feedback on your Apprentices’ progress
  • On site visits by our Assessors
  • A dedicated team of staff as point of contact for your queries
  • Help to place your Apprentices on programmes
  • Help to fill Apprenticeship vacancies you may have

Your apprentice must also:

  • Work with skilled and experienced employees
  • Learn skills specific to jobs in your industry
  • Study for a work-based qualification during their working week, for example, at a college or training provider.

You should also:

  • allow your apprentice to visit customers and suppliers and go to demonstrations and exhibitions that may benefit them
  • give them access to in-house training, helpful resources, specialist information, technology, software and equipment they may need
  • give them as much encouragement, advice and support as possible. This will help them progress and lead to greater rewards for your business.

Employers’ responsibilities

As the employer of an apprentice, it is your responsibility to:

  • Ensure your Apprentices are employed full-time by your company under UK Employment Law
  • Pay wages under the PAYE scheme
  • Ensure wages are in line with minimum statutory requirements for Apprentices
  • Include your employees’ College days in their contracts
  • Pay your contribution for apprentices aged 19+ when invoiced by the College
  • Provide a range of work opportunities in order for your Apprentices to meet the required NVQ standards
  • Provide access for College staff to visit your Apprentices on site or in the workplace
  • Ensure Health and Safety requirements are met and that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is provided where necesssary
  • Nominate Supervisors/Mentors to support and encourage your Apprentices to achieve their targets and qualifications

Becoming an apprentice – what to expect, apprenticeship levels, pay and training, making an application or complaining about an apprenticeship.

In order to apply to Trent Education Centre for an Apprenticeship, you must first find an employer willing to give you a job as an Apprentice, and willing to sponsor you at College. There are a a few simple requirements that you have to meet and you can learn about that on this page

You can apply to be an Apprentice if:

  • You are working in a relevant role
  • Live in England
  • Are not currently in Full time Education

If you are interested in becoming an apprentice you will need to do the following:

If you are working let us know who your employer is so we can speak to them about supporting you to become an apprentice. You will need to contact the Apprenticeship Team and speak to:

Sajad 0115 246600 or contact us here

If you are not working (or not working in the sector you wish to be an apprentice in), it may be worth taking a regular college course to help you move in that direction. Many apprentices get their Apprenticeship job having completed one or more years on a full-time college course, developing the skills and industry contacts they need to get onto the shortlist for Apprenticeship vacancies.

For more help and advice of full-time courses and how they can help you progress, call us 0115 9246600 or drop in and speak to our course information team

If you’re unsuccessful

You can ask for feedback if you don’t get selected for an interview or for the apprenticeship.

You can complain if you think you weren’t successful because you were discriminated against, or your treatment in the interview or application process was unfair.

Apprenticeship helpline
Telephone: 0800 015 0400
8am to 10pm, 7 days a week
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