Benefits to the Employer.
You should be able to recruit an apprentice easily and with confidence. We are here to make that process as simple and effective as possible. We will support you every step of the way, from job description, to choice of programme, recruitment of the best candidates and guidance during the apprenticehip programme.
Save time – time frame reduced due to our well refined recruitment process and easily searchable database of potential engineering apprentices.
- Easier – Consultation and advice on taking on an apprentice and choosing the correct training programme and provider
- Quality applicants - Access to high calibre of applicant through the matching service.
Our experienced team will personally search, screen and set up interviews for each vacancy.
We don’t just advertise.. we search our database for the right candidate as well as using a wide range of use social and other media to promote vacancies to candidates.
- Recruiting through the Automotive Apprenticeship Matching Service takes weeks not months. We focus on your needs and will fit in with the timeline that works for you. We are able to complete a job vacancy template and search the live database for candidates in minutes if that is what is needed. We have the capability to offer you support with online assessment, interviews and assessment centres dependant on your needs .
- We work with selected training providers and colleges who have supplied a range of references and have a proven track record of both quality and flexibility in delivery.
Apprenticeship training costs are fully or part-funded by the government depending on the age of the apprentice and level of programme. Each programme is subject to training costs and registration with the relevant professional body. These costs (currently) are covered as follows:
- Age 16-18 - 100% government funded
- Age 19+ Part government funded and an employer contribution will be required
Employing an apprentice
Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification - from GCSEs or equivalent up to degree level.
You must pay the apprentice at least the minimum wage during their placement with you which is currently £3.30 per hour. In order to attract the right caliber of candidate we will advise on benchmarked pay levels by region and the type of apprenticeship.
Apprentices must be paid as follows:
Normal working hours (minimum 30 hours per week)
Training that’s part of the apprenticeship (usually one day per week)
Your apprentice must:
- Work with experienced staff
- Learn job-specific skills
- Study for a work-based qualification during their working week, eg at a college or training organisation
Duration: Advanced level Apprenticeship programmes within engineering and manufacturing can range from 3 to 5 years.
The Automotive Apprenticeship Matching Service has been set up to match candidates to level 3 or Advanced level apprenticeship programmes. As a guide, Level 3 is a similar level of study to A levels.
Frameworks and qualifications
Apprenticeship frameworks contain the required technical theory and practical assessment qualifications that make up an apprenticeship. Your apprentice must complete all components within the chosen framework in order to be awarded the apprenticeship certificate. This can also include functional skills such as maths, English and ICT and some require wider skills such as personal learning and thinking skills (PLTS), Employee rights and responsibilities (ERR).
The Apprenticeship agreement
You must sign an apprenticeship agreement with your apprentice.
This gives details of what you agree to do for the apprentice, including:
- how long the apprenticeship is for
- the training you’ll give them
- their working conditions
- the qualifications they are working towards