Frequently Asked Questions by Employers

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes that combine on-the-job training with bite-size study. With an Apprenticeship you will have an actual job and be working towards qualifications whilst you are at work.

Is there help available in recruiting apprentices?

Our recruitment team have extensive experience of working with local employers. Their role is to support employers through the apprenticeship process. They can even help you source appropriate young people to fill your apprenticeship vacancy.

Can my current staff do an apprenticeship?

Yes, if you would like to up skill your current workforce, this can be done. Existing staff with job roles that match the target Apprenticeship Framework can undertake an Apprenticeship programme. All that is needed is for the employee and employer to sign up to the Apprenticeship programme with us. If you would like more information on this, call our team on 01204 677888.

How long does an apprenticeship last?

Intermediate Apprenticeships (Level 2) can vary in duration from 1-2 years depending on the vocation chosen. Advanced Apprenticeships (Level 3) can vary in duration from 2-4 years depending on the vocation chosen.

How much time will the apprentice spend away from work?

Most of the training takes place in the workplace and we provide additional training, support, and assessment. Training at an Alliance Learning centre will depend upon the programme chosen, but typically range from weekly day release to once or twice a month. For some programmes release to a training centre may not be necessary. All training requirements will be agreed with you prior to the start of the programme. As the apprentice develops and matures, the benefits of the training will become apparent in the workplace as the skills and knowledge learnt are put into practice.

Is there an age limit for the person I recruit and train as an apprentice?

To complete an Apprenticeship, the apprentice must be aged 16+ but there is no upper age limit.

What happens at the end of the apprenticeship?

We hope that by the end of the Apprenticeship, the Apprentice is highly trained, knows the company well and knows enough to be kept on. This could be progressing onto a higher level Apprenticeship or even filling a role within the company but it is not a requirement that the employer continues the employment of the apprentice.

What is an Apprentice salary?

The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £3.40 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over that are in their first year. You must pay at least the minimum wage rate for the apprentices’ age.

What are the different levels of Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships generally fall into one of four categories:
- Intermediate Level Apprenticeship – equivalent to five GCSE passes
- Advanced Level Apprenticeship – equivalent to two A level passes
- Higher Apprenticeship – can lead to NVQ level 4 and above, or a foundation degree

Alliance Learning provides intermediate level apprenticeships, advanced level apprenticeships and also higher and degree apprenticeships in certain sectors.

Who pays for the training?

The training in the apprenticeship programme is either fully or partially funded:
- 16 – 18 years old – training 100% funded
- 19 – 24 – partially/fully funded (depending on the sector)
- 24+ - Available subject to eligibility

What grants are available?

Up to three GM AGE grants of £1,500 are available to any employer meeting the following criteria:
- The apprentice’s workplace is in Greater Manchester
- The company employs fewer than 250 employees
- The company does not have any staff currently undertaking an apprenticeship
- If the company has previously employed an apprentice, it is more than 12 months since their last apprentice completed their programme, unless the apprentice is progressing from an Advance to Higher Apprenticeship
- The Apprentice recruited is aged between 16 and 24.

What are the benefits of Apprenticeships?

- Better trained employees - with the right skills
- Motivated and loyal workers
- Helps you to manage and develop staff
- Keep your competitive advantage

What happens next?

If you would like more information about how to take on an apprentice or how to access Apprenticeship training in the Greater Manchester area, please contact our Recruitment Team on 01204 677888 or email recruitment@alliancelearning.com.