Government Funded Apprenticeships
Information for Employers - Grow your business with A Shears academy apprentice!
The minimum wage for Apprentices is just £3.90 per hour, rising to £4.15 at 1st Apr.2020
80% of employers of Apprentices say it makes their workplace more productive
83% of apprentice employers rely on their Apprenticeships programmes to provide the skills their business needs for the future
88% of Apprentice employers believe Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce
One in five employers are hiring more Apprentices to help them boost salon productivity and compete more effectively
So what are Apprenticeships? An apprenticeship is a training programme to gain real practical experience, as well as the technical and functional knowledge required to carry out the job. On completion the apprentice must be able to undertake the full range of duties in the range of circumstances appropriate to their role, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry.
What are the benefits for business? Apprenticeships are designed by industry experts to ensure candidates receive relevant practical and knowledge training that is focused on making your new or existing employees as competent as possible within their role in a relatively short amount of time.There are also the financial incentives, see below*.
Is there a cost involved? Apprentices need to have a contract of employment and have the same rights as any other employees and must be paid the Apprentice N.M.W. The cost for the Apprenticeship training varies, a hairdressing apprenticeship is valued at £7000.00, however, the government will fully fund the cost of training a 16-18 year old apprentice, and fund 95% of any apprentices aged 19 or over. *There are also financial incentives for employers who take on 16–18 year old apprentices. If you have any queries on how your Apprenticeship training will be funded from 1st January 2020, please email Pauline Brooker on firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 020 8461 5453; she will be happy to help you get your questions answered.
How much do Apprentices get paid? The Apprentice National Minimum Wage is currently £3.90 per hour, rising to £4.15 in April 2020 for 16 to 18 year olds and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. Apprentices aged 19 or over after the first year of their programme must be paid at N.M.W. for their age.
What are the responsibilities of employing an Apprentice? Apprentices must be issued with a contract of employment for a minimum of 30 hours per week (including the hours they attend the Academy, 1 day per week) and be covered by a valid Employers Liability insurance. Apprenticeship agreements including a commitment statement must be signed by employers, apprentices and parent/carer if they are under 18. Apprentices will need to have a safe and supportive working and learning environment in their new role, and be given relevant responsibilities to enable them to gain the skills required to complete their training and enough time* to work towards and achieve their targets, including at the Academy, where required**.
*20% off the job training ** sitting on-line tests, theory and Functional skills maths & English
Apprentices who complete and achieve their Hair Professional Apprenticeship L2 (Hairdressing or Barbering) can progress their training by enrolling in an Advanced (L3) Apprenticeship L3 for a further 12 - 15 months.
Can an existing employee undertake an apprenticeship? Yes, Apprenticeships are a great way to reward existing staff members who would benefit from a structured training programme, and the recognition that achievement and certification brings.
How long do apprenticeships last? Most hairdressing candidates complete a hairdressing apprenticeship between 20 and 24 months, but can take longer, dependant on the apprentice's needs, and existing skills and qualifications.
How much time will my apprentice spend at college? Usually one day a week at our Academy. In addition to structured hairdressing theory teaching and learning, we deliver functional skills English and maths at level 1 and 2, Employment Rights and Responsibilities, Safeguarding & Prevent, Health & Safety, Behaviours and Values, Ways of Working and of course, Practical training. The rest of the time would be spent in the employer’s workplace.
Is there a maximum number of apprentices I can employ? No, you can employ as many as you need.
>How can I find the right candidate? Shears Academy provides a Recruitment Interview/Initial Assessment service which you can promote within your own salon if you wish. Your vacancy will be advertised on various recruitment sites, including the Find Apprenticeship Training and our own website, free of charge. We answer all applicants’ questions, providing the information, advice and guidance they will require. We will then sign-post suitable applicants to attend your salon for interview at a mutually agreed day and time to suit you.
Contact us: If you are an employer interested in taking on an apprentice, please contact Pauline Brooker on 020 8461 5453 or email her at: email@example.com Alternatively, you would be very welcome to visit us at the Academy and meet the team between Mondays and to Wednesdays each week, contact Sue on 020 8461 3504 to arrange a convenient time and date; we look forward to welcoming you here soon!