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Apprenticeships & Pre-Apprenticeships

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a combination of a job and an approved training programme which gives an individual the skills and experience required for a specific job role. Apprenticeships can range from a Level 2 through to a Level 7 and employers can recruit new staff or enrol current staff onto an apprenticeship programme at any time. The duration will vary depending on the apprenticeship selected, but it will be a minimum of 12 months. Employing an apprentice is like employing any other member of staff but they must be contracted for at least 30 hours a week and have a contract that covers the duration of their apprenticeship. An apprentice must be given 20% of their contracted time to complete off-the-job training as part of their apprenticeship.

What is the cost?

On 1st October 2010 the national minimum wage for apprenticeships was introduced.This applies to all apprentices aged under 19, and apprentices who are aged 19 or over in the first year of their apprenticeship. Currently the apprentice minimum wage is £3.70 an hour. This applies to the time spent at work and training as part of the apprenticeship.

The training of apprentices is 100% covered for 16-18 year olds for any employer who has less than 50 staff. If an employer takes on an apprentice aged 19+ then they must make a contribution to the training and any employers who have over 50 staff must pay a contribution towards the apprenticeship training for any apprentice they employ regardless of their age. If an employer has an annual payroll of over £3 million then
they will probably be paying into their levy pot. If this is the case the levy pot can be
used to fund any apprentices they employ.

What funding is available?

Employers are not required to pay National Insurance Contributions for apprentices under the age of 25 on earnings below the higher tax rate of £827 a week (£43,000 a year).

Any employer who employs a 16-18 year old apprentice, or a 19-24 year old who has previously been in care or has a local authority education, health and care plan, will qualify for the incentive which is £1,000 per apprentice. There is no maximum number of incentives and this will be paid in two £500 instalments throughout the apprenticeship, one after 3 months and one after 12 months.

Why choose Sport Structures?

We have provided training for a large number of National Governing Bodies, National Sport Organisations, CSPs, private coaching providers and educational institutions. We understand the demands of the sector and the skills and tools required to be suitably equipped to gain employment in sport. We are passionate about delivering high quality training bespoke to the participants’ needs.

We were last audited in May 2015 by the Skills Funding Agency (now the Education and Skills Funding Agency) and received a 0% error rate. We were also the subject of an Ofsted visit in May 2017 and received an ‘Outstanding’ rating through our prime contractor Dudley College. We have Matrix standard accreditation and pride ourselves on delivering a high quality service to our clients and customers.

Next steps?

Get in touch with us to see how we can support you.

If you are an employer click here.

If you are a learner click here.

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