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Working together to deliver learning that works

Leading UK businesses are working with Arch Apprentices and AVADO to build the workforce of the future.

As specialists in delivering world-class apprenticeships in IT, Digital, Data, HR, Leadership and Finance roles, partnering with AVADO is the next step to delivering best in class learning, for you and your business.

Apprenticeships lead to dream careers

Since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, there's been a major shift in how businesses have viewed professional apprenticeships. Arch Apprentices have been at the forefront of this drive, helping employers achieve their business objectives using the levy and placing rising talent in their dream careers.

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What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is the combination of learning while working. An apprentice’s time with their employer is usually split 80/20. 80% of their time will be spent carrying out their day-to-day responsibilities. 20% of their time will be ‘off-the-job’ and spent working towards their apprenticeship qualification. To ensure this balance is met, at Arch Apprentices we have a 20% off-the-job tracker that the apprentice, their Learning & Development Coach and line manager monitor.

For all of our advanced, higher and degree apprenticeships, the training is delivered online and supported by face to face visits with the apprentice’s Learning and Development Coach. 

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What does 'off-the-job' training include?

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Hear from our apprentices on the impact an apprenticeship has had on their career.

Why should companies hire an apprentice?

Apprentices have proven to bring great value to a business. By hiring early talent using a structured training programme like an apprenticeship, it significantly improves the chances of the person succeeding. By investing in your early talent, you’ll develop a workforce that’s got skills that match the needs of your business. In fact, 76% of employers said that productivity has improved and 75% reported that apprentices improved the quality of their product or service. (source)

Incentives are also available if you take on apprentices who are:

  • 16-18 years old or
  • 19-24 years old with an Education Health and Care plan or
  • 19-24 years old and a care leaver

You’ll receive £1000 split between two payments after month three and month twelve. You only receive this incentive once per learner, so if you’ve already received this incentive with another training provider then you won’t receive it again.

How are apprenticeships funded?

Apprenticeships are now funded by the Apprenticeship Levy. Businesses with an annual payroll of over £3 million pay 0.5% of their annual payroll into a digital account. The funds are then only redeemable on approved apprenticeship training. This levy cannot be spent on an apprentice salary and can only be spent on the apprenticeship training with your training provider.

How do SME’s benefit from the levy?

If you’re a business that sits under the £3 million threshold, if you take on an apprentice you’ll only be required to contribute to 5% of the cost of the apprenticeship, this is called co-investment. For example, this would mean that a £12,000 Digital Marketer apprenticeship would cost you £600 and the government covers the remaining 95%. Payments come out in quarterly instalments. Also, if you’re a business with 49 employees or less, the government will cover 100% of the costs.</p>

Can an existing employee go on an apprenticeship?

Existing employees can undergo apprenticeships. With the levy brought greater flexibility on who is eligible to go on an apprenticeship. As long as the person will be gaining substantial new skills, then they’ll be eligible to go on the programme. For example, if the employee wants to go on the Level 3 Digital Marketer Apprenticeship and has a marketing degree, then they are still eligible to apply.

Whether you're looking to hire a new apprentice, up-skill an existing employee, or expand your own skills and start your career, an Arch apprenticeship with AVADO guarantees to provide apprentices with the skills to become confident and competent in their field. Find out how by speaking to a member of the team today.

Apprenticeship requirements

The requirements for the apprenticeship depend on the type of apprenticeship:

A level 3,or advanced, apprenticeship, is equivalent to A-levels and applicants need atleast 3 GCSEs or an intermediate apprenticeship qualification to apply.

A higher apprenticeship, which is a level 4-5 apprenticeship, is equivalent to a foundation degree or the first year of a bachelors degree. For this, applicants need at least 5 GCSEs and level 3 qualifications, which could be AS-levels or a level 3 apprenticeship.

Degree apprenticeships are levels 6 and 7 and are equivalent to a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Entry requirement include 3 A-levels or a higher apprenticeship qualification.

Why companies hire apprentices

Apprenticeships
  • Rewarding

    Hiring early talent using a structured training programme like an apprenticeship significantly improves the chances of the person succeeding.

  • Future-proofing

    Investing in your early talent develops a workforce that has skills to match the needs of your business.

  • Profitable

    Incentives are available if you take on apprentices who are 16-18, 19-24 with an Education Health and Care plan or 19-24 and a care leaver.

How are apprenticeships funded?

Apprenticeships are now funded by the Apprenticeship Levy. Businesses with an annual payroll of over £3 million pay 0.5% of their annual payroll into a digital account. The funds are then only redeemable on approved apprenticeship training. This levy cannot be spent on an apprentice salary and can only be spent on the apprenticeship training with your training provider.

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Learning built on solid foundations

Arch is a fully accredited training centre for City & Guilds and Edexcel, operating across London, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester. We have developed and deliver state of the art industry training from our 24/7 virtual campus and in our dedicated training centres.