The areas that we currently focus on are Business and Admin, Accounting, Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools and Working with Children and Young People. We also offer traineeships to young people looking to gain valuable work experience, combined with some useful qualifications. An Apprenticeship is a great way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future. Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. You can use Apprenticeships to train both new and existing employees moving into a new or changed job role and need to learn new skills. Funding for apprenticeships is changing significantly from 1st May 2017. Further details of this below.
Business and Admin - For those carrying out admin duties including using IT, document production, handling post, filing, using office machines etc.
Supporting teaching and learning in schools - This apprenticeship develops the skills and knowledge needed to provide effective support for teachers and pupils as part of learning programmes. It also covers the development of children and young people and working effectively with colleagues. Available at level 2 and level 3.
Accounting (AAT) - Ideal for anyone who wishes to start a career in accounting or finance. Can also be used for existing staff developing their role to the next level or moving to a different area of the business. Available at level 2 and level 3.
Children and Young People’s Workforce - This apprenticeship is the first step to a career in child care for children 4 and under. You will build the knowledge and skills needed when working under supervision with children and young people from birth to 4 years of age. CYPW qualification for level 2 apprenticeship and EYE qualification for level 3 apprenticeship.
English, Maths and ICT functional skills qualifications also form part of the apprenticeship programme. Employer rights and responsibilities and personal learning and thinking skills are also embedded into the frameworks.
Rules on how apprenticeships are funded will change from 1st May 2017. There will be 2 distinct groups that a business will fall under for funding purposes as follows:
Levy Payers - These are companies whose annual wage bill exceeds £3 million. A levy of 0.5% of the business’s wage bill will be paid via HMRC into that business’s digital apprenticeship account. The funds are available for 24 months to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment cost with approved apprenticeship providers.
Non-levy payers – These are companies with an annual wage bill less than £3 million. They will pay a 10% contribution towards the cost of the apprenticeship training eg a L3 apprenticeship in accounting costing £9000, the employer will pay £900. There is a £1000 incentive for employing a 16-18 year old which applies to all sizes of non-levy paying businesses. Also, those businesses with fewer than 50 employees will pay no fees for 16-18 year old apprentices.
Apprentice wage costs - The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is £3.40 per hour. Many employers prefer to pay more however, and research shows that the average salary is approx. £180 per week. Apprentices must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week. Included within this is time spent training.
6-24 week programmes – 1-3 days a week with an employer on a voluntary work placement (depending on the programme) and up to 1 day per week study at Franklin College.
There are some great benefits to potential trainees. They will gain vital work experience, feedback on performance, a post-placement exit interview and some excellent sessions at Franklin College studying Maths, English, IT and employability skills.
There are potentially huge benefits for employers to take on trainees in the traineeship format. There are no long term commitments. There is free, dedicated support and training from a reputable college and the chance to train and develop a young person into possible employment or an apprenticeship with you.