EMPLOYER JOURNEY

Options for employers to hire a talent

If you decide to choose apprenticeships as a route to hire talent, then here is the journey you need to be aware of as an employer. 

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THINKING ABOUT RECRUITING AN APPRENTICE

Before you hire an apprentice, there are a few things you should consider:

LEVEL

Before you hire an apprentice, you should see how it fits within your overall HR strategy and which Apprenticeship Level is best suited for your organisation. Each apprenticeship has a level which is equivalent to different educational levels.

COST

An apprenticeship is a real job with a contract of employment. The Government offers incentive payments of £3000 for hiring an apprentice. Every apprenticeship has a funding band which covers the cost of training (95% funded for Non-Levy employers).

DURATION

An apprenticeship must last for a minimum duration of 372 days, and can last up to 6 years. The total duration will depend on: the level of the apprenticeship, the sector, employer’s requirements and an apprentice’s individual ability. 

SUPPORT

As an employer, you will have to support your apprentice via mentoring, work shadowing, providing hands-on experience, developing them as an employee and guiding them as they work and learn. This will require time and patience.

Once you have considered all the above, you can proceed with  finding a training provider.

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SHORTLISTING A TRAINING PROVIDER

Purple Beard Training is a Government-approved tech training provider that works with the Crown Commercial Services and other Government frameworks across the UK. We’re on a number of frameworks that let us work with the public sector and we work with a variety of Levy and Non-Levy employers.

Purple Beard Training is an ideal apprenticeship training provider for IT solutions companies, FinTech companies, SMEs;  organisations that want to scale, public sector organisations i.e. NHS, HRMC, police, schools, housing associations, charities, etc. This is because we take the time to understand what technologies you are implementing and tailor our training to suit those requirements. This supports with development of your talent.

If you’re interested, get in touch and we will:

SCHEDULE
INITIAL CONVERSATION

We will send you some initial information and schedule a call to discuss your requirements (the role, cost, the level of support you need, whether it’s worth hiring a new apprentice or upskilling your current staff, and more).

CARRY OUT A
NEEDS ANALYSIS

If you’re unsure about which apprenticeship is suitable for your organisation, we will carry out a needs analysis to help you make a decision. 

SCHEDULE
A FOLLOW UP CALL

Once you have decided, we will schedule a follow-up call for a final in-depth discussion about our partnership. 

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CHOOSING TO WORK WITH US

If you decide to work with us, we will proceed with apprenticeship agreement and enrolling you and your apprentice.

AGREEMENT

Apprenticeships are Government-funded, therefore a lot of compliance is required. We will be in touch with you to set you up on the different systems as well as put in place our service level agreement. 

RECRUITMENT (OPTIONAL)

If you need support with recruiting an apprentice, then we will support you via advertising the role, shortlisting the candidate, setting up any assessment days. We can also support you with creating any marketing collateral that may be required for the role. 

 

ENROLLMENT

If you’re recruiting with us and have selected the apprentice, then we will complete the enrollment process within 15 days. 

However, if you’re putting an existing employee on an apprenticeship, then the enrollment process will be carried out straight after the agreement.

ONBOARDING

Within 4 weeks of the apprentice’s starting their apprenticeship, we will start the onboarding process which includes: induction, agreeing on the training plan, health & safety, safeguarding, etc.

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WORKING WITH US

Once your apprentice has started their apprenticeship, their time at work will have to be divided between working and learning. We will run regular review meetings (every 8 to 12 weeks) with you and the apprentice, as well as the apprentice will have access to the tutor and skills coach.

ON PROGRAMME

Your apprentice will receive training and assessment plans which will include 20% off the job. All OTJ activities will be tracked and monitored on our system on a weekly basis.

20% OFF THE JOB

Off-the-job training is a statutory requirement that all apprentices must spend 20% of their learning time developing their skills through off-the-job training. This takes place during their normal working hours, but develops the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours that are required for them to achieve their Apprenticeship.



EMPLOYER ZONE

You’ll receive access to our Employer Zone where we share all the relevant information that makes things easy and seamless for you.

LEARNER ZONE

Your apprentice will receive access to our Learner Zone through which they can access all the systems they use as well as it contains information that is relevant to them.

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APPRENTICESHIP COMPLETION

Apprenticeships complete with the apprentice undertaking and achieving their End-Point Assessment. 

GATEWAY

Gateway takes place 6 months before an EPA can start. The employer and training provider will review their apprentice’s knowledge, skills and behaviours to see if they have met the minimum requirements of the apprenticeship standard, and are ready to take the assessment.

END-POINT ASSESSMENT (EPA)

EPA takes place 2 months before the end of an apprenticeship, it’s a rigorous, robust and independent assessment. The  assessment methods include observation in the workplace, practical and written tests, projects and interviews.

NEXT STEPS

The apprentice will only achieve their apprenticeship certificate after they have achieved all the elements of their EPA, including any qualifications for Maths and English. For some apprenticeships, passing the EPA and completing the apprenticeship will also lead to professional recognition by an authorised body.

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Speak to our team today

If you’d like to talk about Tech Bootcamps and Apprenticeships, a potential partnership, working with Purple Beard or you have any other questions, please contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.