Training and Funding
As Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes, most of the training is 'on the job' – with your staff and at your premises. The rest will be provided by Services to Business and delivered either at Guildford College or Merrist Wood College on a day-release programme, or in the workplace with our team of trainers and assessors.
As the employer you must give your apprentices an induction into their role and provide on the job training. You are also responsible for paying your apprentices' wages - see National Minimum Wage.
Throughout the Apprenticeship, Services to Business will be able to support and guide you. We will work with you to:
help you decide which Apprenticeship is right for you
explain the way that Apprenticeships might work for you and if funding is available
agree a training plan with your apprentice
recruit an apprentice or support your existing staff into Apprenticeships
manage the the training and evaluation
ensure that national quality standards are met and deliver integrated, coherent training.
Apprenticeship funding is available from the National Apprenticeship Service. The size
of the contribution varies depending on your sector and the age of the candidate.
If the apprentice is aged 16–18 years old, you will receive 100% of the cost of the training; if they are 19-24 years old, you will receive up to 50%; if they are 25 years old or over you may only get a contribution depending on the sector and area in which you operate.
This is paid directly to the organisation that provides and supports the Apprenticeship;
in most cases this will be Services to Business.