At Wirral Met College we believe that apprenticeships are a great way for people of all ages to gain invaluable hands-on experience, developing skills to put into practice within a working environment.
Working in partnership with over 500 public and private sector organisations across the Liverpool City Region, our friendly, experienced Employer Services team aims to support your business grow. We support you to create a highly skilled workforce via comprehensive apprenticeship training and work-based learning for both young people and your existing employees.
With £1million recently invested into our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) centre at our Twelve Quays campus and a further £11million invested into our Construction and Built Environment curriculum at our Wirral Waters campus, students are provided with a unique learning experience and outstanding levels of support.
WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP?
Apprenticeships are industry specific and are designed to develop appropriate skills from junior to management level, combining both theory and practical assessments in the workplace alongside assignments and exams at College. Apprenticeships standards include skills, knowledge and behaviours with qualifications required for specific job roles including English and maths.
APPRENTICESHIP LEVELS EXPLAINED
There are various levels of apprenticeships available, from Level 2 to Level 7, up to Master’s level.
Five GCSE passes at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C)
Two A-Level passes at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C)
4 & 5
Foundation Degrees, Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas
APPRENTICESHIP FUNDING EXPLAINED
If you are an employer with a pay bill of less than £3million per year, you will pay 5% to the College as your chosen training provider towards the costs of training and assessing your apprentice. The government will pay the College the rest (95%) up to the funding band maximum.
If you employ fewer than 50 people, you will not have to pay the 5% contribution for an apprentice who is aged between 16-18 years old, or 19-24 if they have previously been in care, or have an Education, Health and Care plan provided by their local authority. The government will pay 100% of the training costs for these individuals. Wirral Met will support you every step of the way and will help you to set up your digital account with the National Apprenticeship Service.
Large employers are required to pay an apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of their annual pay bill exceeding £3million. ‘Pay bill’ is defined as total employee earnings subject to class 1 secondary National Insurance contributions.
An allowance of £15,000.00 means that only those employers with an annual pay bill of more than £3million have to pay and report the levy, as this allowance eliminates a levy liability up to a pay bill of £3million.
A pay bill of less than £3million may attract a levy liability where an employer operates multiple payrolls, or has more than one HMRC reference, or is a connected company or charity, as only one allowance is available.
How do I access levy funds as an employer?
Once you have declared the levy to the HMRC, your business will be able to access funding for English apprenticeships through your digital account with the Apprenticeship Service. As an employer, you are able to set the price that you have agreed with Wirral Met College, and pay for apprenticeship training and assessment. Should an apprentice stop training or take a break, employers are also able to stop or pause payments through the service.
How much will I spend?
The amount you will spend is calculated using data that the HMRC already holds about the home addresses of employees, so that the value of digital vouchers will correspond to the proportion of the pay bill paid to employees living in England. After the levy fund has been multiplied by the proportion of the employers pay bill paid to your workforce living in England, it will then be subject to a 10% government top-up to this amount.
How is the levy collected?
The levy is collected monthly by the HMRC through the employer’s PAYE, and is payable alongside income tax and National Insurance. Similarly, the annual allowance of £15,000.00 is deducted on a monthly basis (i.e. £15,000.00 divided by 12 months).
How can the levy be spent?
Funds in your digital Apprenticeship Service account will be valid for 24 months and can only be spent on apprenticeship training and not the wider associated costs of apprenticeships or apprentices’ salaries. If funds are not used within 24 months, they will be removed.
How does the transfer of a levy work?
Employers who pay the apprenticeship levy and have unused funds can transfer up to 25% of their annual funds to other employers. Transfers can be made to as many employers as the levy paying employer wishes. Transferred funds can only be used for Apprenticeship Standards.
THE BENEFITS OF APPRENTICESHIPS
Aside to creating a highly skilled workforce through comprehensive training and work-based learning, and boosting productivity, there are many benefits to apprenticeships.
Benefits of Apprenticeships for Existing Employees
- Apprenticeships allow you to create an extremely cost-effective training solution, providing a greater return on investment
- Support succession plans and strategies to recruit from within with apprenticeships, by allowing employees to progress into new or higher level roles
Benefits of recruiting new Apprentices
- Apprenticeships support the creation of a highly skilled workforce, as well as boosting productivity to help you grow your business
- New recruits will be taught the appropriate attitudes and behaviours you require for your business
- All employers will receive £1,000 if the apprentice is aged between 16-18 years old, or is aged 19-24 and has been in care, or has an Education, Health and Care plan provided by their local authority. This payment will be made to the employer by the College, the chosen training provider, in two equal instaments of £500 paid at 12 weeks and £500 paid at 12 months following the start of the apprenticeship.
Benefits of Apprenticeships with Wirral Met College
- Free Promotion
We will advertise your vacancy to our own students and further afield via the National Apprenticeship Service.
We will match and screen potential applicants to meet your specific needs, ensuring these applicants understand the role, the commitment and your businesses’ expectations.
We can support you with arranging interviews once applicants have been selected.
Leave the paperwork to us! When your apprentice starts their employment with you, we will enrol them onto the apprenticeship.
- Dedicated Support
A designated member of our friendly, experienced Employer Services team will provide one point of contact throughout the duration of the apprenticeship to provide:
> Guidance choosing the correct apprenticeship to meet your needs
> Workplace health and safety assessments
> Information and direction on the funding and grants available to you
> Access to industry qualified tutors, trainers and assessors to support you and your apprentice through their apprenticeship
> Additional support for individual apprentices, as required
> Electronic portfolios where you can keep up to date with your apprentice’s progress
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS WHEN RECRUITING AN APPRENTICE
Is there any legislation behind recruiting an apprentice?
All apprentices must be employed and therefore be issued with a contract of employment in line with current legislation (The Enterprise Act 2016).
The contract is between the employer and the apprentice and therefore Wirral Met College are not involved in the terms and conditions of this contract.
All apprentices must be provided with a full induction, including health and safety as well as any clothing or PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) required for their role.
Who is eligible to be recruited as an apprentice?
Apprentices must be aged 16+. Existing employees and new recruits can hold a degree, providing it is not related to the apprenticeship.
How frequently are apprentices required to attend College?
Time spent in College for training (where applicable) must be included within the apprentice’s working hours and paid at the normal rate. Employers must allow apprentices to attend College when required.
What is meant by 20% off-the-job training?
All apprentices must complete off-the-job training, and this must make up at least 20% of the apprentice’s contracted hours over the planned duration of the apprenticeship.
Off-the-job training can include college day release* or training delivered at the apprentice’s place of work.
*excluding English and Maths
Are there any guidelines on apprenticeship salaries?
Apprentices must receive a minimum salary in line with the National Minimum Wage. Apprentices must be paid for their 20% off-job-training.
Are there restrictions to hours of work for apprentices?
The minimum duration of each apprenticeship is based on the apprentice working at least 30 hours a week including any off-the-job training. If apprentices work fewer than 30 hours per week, the expected duration of the apprenticeship will be extended (pro-rata).
An apprentice’s contracted working hours must also include their 20% off-the-job training.