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The government is changing the way apprenticeships are funded and delivered, and employers are facing new costs now that the apprenticeship levy has come into force. If you’re taking on a new apprentice, you’ll need to follow the government’s funding and performance management rules. To help you stay up to date, we’ve put together a quick guide with some important tips.

1. You need a specific contract of employment
This contract should be different to a standard contract and mention the type of apprenticeship offered, including start and end dates.

2. Apprentices must be employed until they finish their course
Apprenticeship contracts have a time limit, but sometimes apprentices are unable to complete their studies within this time. Employers should continue to support their apprentice until they complete their training.

3. Apprenticeships need a job role to move into
Apprentices are a valuable asset for companies for many years to come. However, if you’re not able to provide a permanent job role, you should help your apprentice with their search for alternative employment.

4. Allow 20 per cent of working time for training
Apprentices need 20 per cent of their working time away from their desk to learn and train on the job. This can include attending college, attending in-work training and study time.

5. Give an opportunity for English and maths qualifications
Apprentices should have the opportunity to study for GCSE maths and English qualifications if they haven’t achieved a C grade.

6. Employers choose the end point assessment
You have the final say on the assessments your apprentice needs to pass in order to achieve their qualification. This can be developed in connection with your chosen training provider.

7. You can train existing employees as apprentices
If you currently run training programmes for your staff, you could convert these into apprenticeship programmes in order to use part of your apprenticeship levy.

8. Employers need to sign a contract with their training provider
You can choose your training provider, but you’ll need to sign a contract with them. For apprentices aged 15 to 17, you’ll also need a signature from their parent or guardian.

Bath College is a registered training provider and our apprenticeship team is available to offer expert advice.

At Bath College, we work with businesses to help them develop apprenticeship programmes in line with their training needs. Our priority is to help your company grow and make sure you maximise the return on your investment.

To find out more about how our team could help your business visit www.bathcollege.ac.uk or e-mail apprenticeships@bathcollege.ac.uk

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