Apprenticeship Employer Guide

CONTENTS

HOW WILL APPRENTICESHIPS BENEFIT MY BUSINESS?

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OUR APPRENTICESHIPS AND THE LEVELS

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THE PROGRAMME STRUCTURE AND WHAT EMPLOYERS NEED TO DO

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IS THERE A COST ASSOCIATED WITH TAKING ON AN APPRENTICE? OUR BUSINESS SUPPORT AND OTHER SERVICES

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WHAT EMPLOYERS SAY ABOUT APPRENTICESHIPS

Havant & South Downs College (HSDC) is one of Hampshire’s leading providers of training, learning and development. For over 40 years, we have delivered a wide range of training to meet the needs of employers and individuals. Trusted by employers large and small, HSDC works with businesses to identify their training needs and deliver flexible, high quality training programmes, with high levels of employer and learner satisfaction. Whether taking on a new member of staff or upskilling your current workforce, we can adapt our model from our classrooms to your workplace, provide staff to work on site and offer bespoke, flexible delivery to meet your employee’s needs. At HSDC we have a highly experienced team on hand to support you from start to finish. From selecting programmes, recruiting the right candidates and delivering excellent training programmes, we are dedicated to ensuring every aspect of the journey meets your business needs.

We’re in the top 3 providers for employer satisfaction in the region* *DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION FE Choices employer satisfaction: skills area file 2018 to 2019

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Apprenticeships allow individuals to develop industry level skills and gain recognised formal qualifications alongside their job role. They can benefit businesses in many ways: • Improve your productivity • Create your workforce of the future • Increase the skills of your entire workforce • Recruit from our talent pool of over 4,000 young people • See a genuine return on your investment • Bring new skills into your organisation • Upskill current staff members

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*DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION FE Choices employer satisfaction: skills area file 2018 to 2019

WHO CAN BE AN APPRENTICE? Anyone aged 16 or over can become an Apprentice, even those with a degree can now retrain in a subject that is materially different from their original degree. The focus of an Apprenticeship is to develop industry specific skills. It is about the skills you need to learn, not the skills you already have. Apprenticeships generally last between one and six years depending on the level and based on the Apprentice’s competence and experience. It is now possible to achieve degree and master level qualifications through an Apprenticeship. WHAT QUALIFICATION WILL AN APPRENTICE GET? Apprenticeship programmes vary greatly dependant on sector area and level, however all set out clear knowledge, skills and behaviours that support employment needs. At HSDC, we deliver up to degree level, across several sectors and our team can work with you to design a package of training and qualifications to meet your business needs.

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LEVEL 4/5 HIGHER LEVEL (FOUNDATION DEGREE EQUIVALENT)

Apprentices work towards work-based competencies and knowledge in order to achieve the Standard or Framework Qualifications at Level 4/5, such as an HNC & Level 4/5 Diploma, and any required Functional Skills.

LEVEL 3 ADVANCED LEVEL (A LEVEL EQUIVALENT)

Apprentices work towards work-based learning competencies and knowledge in order to achieve either the Standard or Framework Qualifications such as a Level 3 NVQ, and any required Functional skills.

LEVEL 2 INTERMEDIATE LEVEL (GCSE EQUIVALENT)

Apprentices work towards work-based competencies and knowledge in order to achieve the Standard or Framework Qualifications at Level 2, and any required Functional Skills.

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ACCOUNTING Assistant Accountant : Standard (Level 3) Professional Accounting Taxation Technician : Standard (Level 4) BUSINESS Business Administrator : Standard (Level 3) Customer Service Practitioner : Standard (Level 2) Customer Service Specialist Standard (Level 3) Team Leading : Standard (Level 3) Operational/Departmental Manager : Standard (Level 5) DESIGN AND MARKETING: Junior Content Producer : Standard (Level 3) EARLY YEARS Early Years Educator : Standard (Level 3) ENGINEERING Engineering Technician : Standard (Level 3) Apprenticeship : HNC/HND (Level 4)

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE: Healthcare Support Worker : Standard (Level 2) Adult Care Worker : Standard (Level 2) Lead Adult Care Worker : Standard (Level 3) Commis Chef : Standard (Level 2) Chef De Partie : Standard (Level 3) SCIENCE Laboratory Technician : Standard (Level 3) Applied Science (Biological) : Framework (Level 4 HNC) WAREHOUSING Supply Chain Warehouse Operative : Standard (Level 2) HOSPITALITY AND CATERING

CAN’T SEE WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR? Please speak to one of our Apprenticeship team who can provide further information and guidance and answer any further questions you may have about the College’s wider offer. Call us on 023 9279 4661.

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Most Apprenticeships involve a combination of classroom taught sessions and work-based assessments to evidence skills in practice. As an employer, you are required to commit to 20% off-the-job training for both new Apprentices and existing staff starting an Apprenticeship to learn new skills. This requirement can be met by a number of different methods, including attending classroom taught

sessions, spending time shadowing different departments and higher level positions, conducting research and working on assignments and portfolio work. You will be involved in the shaping of the Apprenticeships for your business. For organisations that have a number of staff looking to upskill, HSDC will work with you to develop a bespoke Apprenticeship delivery model on your premises to meet your business needs.

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In order for your business to make the most of an Apprentice, you must have: • A work-based Mentor to be able to support the Apprentice’s skills development in the workplace • A job role that provides the opportunity to learn the skills that the Apprenticeship requires Contractually, you must commit to: • The Apprentice having a contract of employment for the duration of the Apprenticeship with a minimum of 30 hours per week Insurance with a minimum of £5 million • Allowing the Apprentice time to comply with the 20% off-the-job training • Pay the Apprentice a minimum of the Apprentice minimum wage, and national minimum wage in the second year of the Apprenticeship if they are aged 19 years or over • Having Employers Liability

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We also run: • Recruitment events for individual businesses • Large recruitment fairs for all businesses across the sectors

HSDC provides a comprehensive end-to-end recruitment service which includes: • Your very own recruitment consultant offering support in candidate selection and screening • Full job description support • Advertising on national and regional job boards • Pre-interviewing and shortlisting of candidates • Interview support for candidates and employers • Post-interview follow up for unsuccessful applicants • Initial assessment of candidates Maths and English

• Business Breakfasts • Annual Careers Fair

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IS THERE A COST ASSOCIATED WITH TAKING ON AN APPRENTICE? Dependant on the size of your business and the age of your Apprentice, there may be a cost to take on an Apprentice. The Government set these costs based on the size of the business. Under 50 employees • If you employ an Apprentice aged 16-18, the Government will fund 100% of the programme fees. In addition to this, there is also a £1,000 incentive payment paid in two instalments • If you employ an Apprentice More than 50 employees (but don’t pay the Levy) • You are required to co-invest 5% of the programme fees for any aged Apprentice • If you employ an Apprentice aged 16-18, you will receive a £1,000 incentive payment paid in two instalments aged 19+, you are required to co- invest 5% towards the cost of the training

Levy Payer (payroll exceeds £3 million) • The full cost of the programme for any aged Apprentice will be taken in monthly instalments from your Digital Account • Should you have exhausted all levy funds, you will be required to co-invest 5% of the programme fees • If you employ an Apprentice aged 16-18, you will receive a £1,000 incentive payment paid in two instalments

For further information on costs or how to access your levy, please contact one of our team on 023 9279 4661

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We are passionate about supporting and working with local businesses. We offer our business partners a range of services and events to support their needs:

FURTHER TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

RECRUITMENT FAIRS We hold an annual Careers Fair every March, allowing businesses to showcase their opportunities, and give HSDC and school students a taste of the career opportunities available to them. To book a place email apprenticeships@hsdc.ac.uk

HSDC has access to various funding streams aimed at helping employers upskill their workforce. From short courses, placement opportunities and Apprenticeships, HSDC can help you meet your development needs. Contact our Business Development Team to find out more. BUSINESS BREAKFASTS We give business professionals the opportunity to attend our Business Breakfasts. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by our Catering students, meet like-minded business professionals, and each event welcomes an inspirational speaker to share their expertise.

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BEN COOPER MANAGING DIRECTOR AT RECENSEO “Having an Apprentice in our

CRAIG PARSONS APPRENTICESHIP MANAGER AT FULLERS Apprenticeship programmes should be delivered. Our belief is that an Apprenticeship programme should focus on the quality of an individual’s development. Our chef programme is heavily invested in, which allows our chefs to spend one day a week at College learning and developing from some of the best tutors in the country. HSDC’s reputation is key in our partnership, and like our ingredients in both our food and beer, they provide us with a highly renowned product to help attract, develop and retain the best people.” “Fuller’s ambition is to set the industry benchmark for how

business has allowed us to bring a key service ‘in-house’, whereas previously it was outsourced to subcontractors. This gives us direct access to the skills we need and has helped to reduce costs. We have also benefited from having a fresh perspective on our business. We chose an Apprentice as we wanted someone to come in and develop a graphic design team for us. We wanted them to not carry the baggage that seasoned designers often carry and to learn ‘our approach’ which is different to many other agencies. We wanted a bright young thing, and got one!”

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WE WILL BE OFFERING T LEVELS IN: Construction - Design, Surveying and Planning Digital - Production, Design and Development Education and Childcare

Here at HSDC we’re excited to be one of the first colleges in the Hampshire to offer the new T Levels. These two-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses to meet the needs of industry and prepare students for the world of work. T Levels are the equivalent to three A Levels, with a mixture of classroom learning and at least 45 days of on- the-job industry placements. 80% of the students time will be spent at College and 20% will be on placement.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED? Just call our Business Development Team on 023 9279 4661 for more information or to organise a placement.

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