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Employer FAQs

How does the government fund apprentices?

For Non-Levy paying employers, The Government will co-invest with employers who have a payroll of less than £3m at a rate of 90%, there fore the employer will need to contribute the additional 10% of the apprenticeship cost.

For Levy-Paying employers ( those with a UK payroll in excess of £3m), you will be paying 0.5% of your payroll to the government by way of the levy. These funds will automatically be drawn down from your levy account via the training provider to fund your apprentices’ course.

Are there any incentives?

  • Any employer who takes on an apprentice aged 16-18 will receive £1000 to help towards extra costs associated with this. This will be paid in 2 equal instalments at 3 and 12 months. This also applies for 19-24 year olds who have an education, health and care.
  • Employers of apprentices under the age of 25 are no longer required to pay secondary class 1 (employer) National Insurance Contributions (current rate of 13.8%). There is a potential NI saving for existing staff moving onto an apprenticeship. or new apprentice hires if they are within this age range.

What is included if my apprentice needs to stay in residential accommodation?

The residential weeks will last from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime.  Apprentices will receive bed, breakfast and a hot meal with their host family who is carefully selected by the college. Their accommodation is included in the price of the apprenticeship.

You will need to pay your apprentices travel costs to and from Coventry, and their bus fares to enable them to travel from their accommodation to college.

What happens if my apprentice doesn’t work out?

ITP have a rigorous recruitment programme in place to avoid this happening.  However, if possible, we will try to find a replacement in time for them still to attend the college course.

How does a person qualify to be an apprentice?

For a telecoms apprentice, the applicants must have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s including English, Maths and ideally ICT C grade or above. They will be asked to bring their certificates with them on the day. (There are always exceptions, and we will consider each candidate individually). 

What happens at an assessment day?

The apprentices will complete English and Maths assessments and take part in a group activity in the morning.  We will then filter the candidates that are successful in the morning and invite them to give a presentation on a subject that they enjoy and take part in an interview in the afternoon. 

How does this help my CSR?

It shows your commitment to society by helping young people into work, and giving them the opportunity to develop a career in a thriving industry. This in turn not only helps the individuals concerned, but also the UK economy and, depending on your recruitment criteria, potentially your local community by employing local people.

What if I want to put an existing employee on an apprenticeship scheme?

You can put an existing employee on an apprenticeship as long as they meet the criteria stated above. We will just need their details and will arrange a call with them to talk through the scheme.

Some facts and figures about why we need apprentices:

  • A more engaged workforce: 92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce
  • Lower staff turnover, fewer skills-related vacancies and reduced recruitment costs: 83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future.  One in five employers are hiring more apprentices to help them through the tough economic climate
  • Increased competitiveness: 80% of employers that employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive
  • A better image and greater customer satisfaction: 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices.