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We are delighted to be launching apprenticeship training at Moulton College.

Our extensive, high quality facilities and experienced tutors are ready to work in partnership with you to find the best possible candidate for your business.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying assessment and skills development programme. It is a way for individuals to earn while they learn, gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role. The apprentice gains this through a wide mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment. Apprenticeships benefit employers and individuals, and by boosting the skills of the workforce they help to improve economic productivity.

Why work with Moulton as your training provider?

Our core principal is that we work in partnership with our employers, developing bespoke training programmes that meet the needs of your business both now and in the future. We can help you by:

  1. advising on the best apprenticeship standard to meet your requirements
  2. finding suitable candidates for your business
  3. conducting interviews and skills tests to help you select the best candidate
  4. developing bespoke training schedules to fit around the needs of your business
  5. ensuring that your apprentice is ready for their end point assessment at the end of their apprenticeship term
  6. advising on funding and the administration of employing an apprentice.

Why employ an apprentice?

Apprentices are a great way to train your new employees in the skills that you need, alongside the support and experience of your chosen training provider.

How do apprenticeships work?

Apprentices must spend at least 20% of their time on off-the-job training. However, they may need more than this if, for example, they need training in English and maths. It is up to the employer and training provider to decide how the off-the-job training is delivered. It may include regular day release, block release and special training days or workshops. It must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship framework or standard and can be delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work as long as it is not part of their normal working duties. It can cover practical training such as shadowing, mentoring, industry visits and attending competitions. On-the-job training helps an apprentice develop the specific skills for the workplace and they should be supported by a mentor. Once an apprentice completes their apprenticeship they should be able to demonstrate that they can perform tasks confidently and completely to the standard set by industry.

The apprenticeship levy

If you’re an employer with a pay bill of more than £3 million a year, you must pay the apprenticeship levy from 6 April 2017. You will report and pay your levy to HMRC through the PAYE process. The levy will not affect the way you fund training for apprentices who started an apprenticeship programme before 1 May 2017. You’ll need to carry on funding training for these apprentices under the terms and conditions that were in place at the time the apprenticeship started. Levy funds will create opportunities for people across the country, delivering the skills British businesses need. The levy will give employers control of their training. Employers will agree a total price for each apprenticeship, which includes the costs of training and assessment. In England, the government will top up employers’ levy with an extra 10%, paid directly to employers’ apprenticeship accounts. An employer’s pay bill is made up of the total amount of the employees’ earnings that are subject to Class 1 National Insurance contributions, such as wages, bonuses, commissions and pension contributions.

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