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Coleg Gwent Apprenticeships for business

Apprenticeship training for your business – it’s FREE

Apprenticeships are a great way to develop and grow your business by giving your employees valuable qualifications and practical skills they need to enhance performance in the workplace.

At Coleg Gwent we work with you to tailor an Apprenticeship training programme to meet your business needs, providing free high quality industry recognised training.

If your business is in Wales, whatever your size or sector – you can take advantage of an Apprenticeship Programme.

We have some exciting new courses for our Apprenticeship training programme in construction, engineering and health and social care.

With lots of places available for September 2018 now is the opportunity to learn more about how an Apprenticeship can work in your business.

If you have an employee in mind they can apply online now or if you need to find a suitable apprentice – we can help.

To learn more about our Apprenticeships email apprenticeships@coleggwent.ac.uk or call 01495 333355.  


Why take on an apprentice?- 80% of employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive

- 88% of employers who employ apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce

- 83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that the need for the future

- One in five employers are hiring more apprentices to help them through the tough economic climate

- 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices

- Apprentices bring a significant return on investment and often go on to senior management roles.  Many also take on higher level training

What are the benefits for your business?- Gain a skilled workforce to meet the needs of your business

- Opportunity to develop your workforce and grow your business

- Free training directly relevant to your organisation

- High quality training to industry-recognised standards

- Skills specific to your industry

- Skills to copy with new technology and new markets

- A way of tackling skills shortages

- Staff retention

- Increased staff confidence and morale

- Increased productivity

- A more motivated workforce

What will an Apprenticeship involve?At Coleg Gwent we offer two levels of Apprenticeships; Foundation Apprenticeship (equivalent to five GCSEs, grade A-C) and Apprenticeship (equivalent to two A Level passes). 

You will need to:

- Employ your apprentice for at least 16 hours per week, give them a contract of employment and pay them in line with the national minimum wage   requirements. 

- The wage must be for their normal working hours and any training days that are part of the apprenticeship programme, i.e. day release and / or block release.

- Allow your apprentice between 12 to 24 months to complete their Apprenticeship.

- Fully support your apprentice in all aspects of their learning programme.

- Through mutual agreement, allowing Coleg Gwent staff to undertake visit to your workplace in order to assess and discuss progress with your apprentice.

- Allow your apprentice time off to attend college for the duration of the programme.

- Comply with all health and safety regulations.

- Assistant us in the assessment of your apprentice by giving feedback on their porgress, attitude and development within their role. 

Your apprentice will need to:

- A National Vocational Qualification providing skills specfic to occupational areas. 

- A Technical Certificate - to underpin the practical skills. 

- Transferrable work-related skills and qualifications in communication, application of numbers, ICT, Welsh langauge and culture, and citizenship.

- An understanding of employee rights and responsibilties. 

What types of companies can offer Apprenticeships?Coleg Gwent currently works with a huge range of organisations to offer Apprenticeships at Foundation and Apprenticeship Levels - from small private companies through to large multinational organisations.  There are no restrictions on the size of the business and there is no limit on how many apprentices you can employ.   

What will it cost the company?Businesses do not have to pay for college training or assessments as it is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Social Fund. 

Apprentices must be employed for at least 16 hours per week and you must pay them at least a national minimum wage. 

The payment for their working week will cover business working hours plus any hours spent in Apprenticeship training at college, i.e. day release and/or block release. 

Businesses are required to pay National Insurance for their apprentices as they would with any other member of staff. 

For further information and guidance on pay and pensions visit www.gov.uk or contact the national minimum wage support line on 0800 9172368. 

Apprentices will have a contract of employment with their businesses for the duration of the Apprenticeship. 

What types of Apprenticeships can we offer?At Coleg Gwent we offer Apprenticeships in:

- Automotive engineering - light and heavy vehicle

- Automotive engineering - vehicle body repair and vehicle body paint

- Bricklaying

- Carpentry

- Construction

- Electrical engineering

- Electrical installation

- Health and social care

- Mechanical engineering

- Plastering

- Plumbing

- Welding

What health & safety checks will need to be undertaken?Before an apprentice can start their programme, we’ll need to carry out the necessary health & safety checks in accordance with the Welsh Government Code of Practice. This means that the College will need to evaluate your company’s management of health, safety and welfare, to ensure learning/work is undertaken in an acceptable environment with risks managed.

In practical terms this means that the College will need to see evidence of the documentation listed below, as well as undertaking a short site visit:  

• Adequate Employers Liability Compulsory Insurance and Public Liability Insurance

• Health & safety policy• Motor vehicle insurance details if applicable

• Fire precautions

• First aid provision

• Risk assessments including fire and COSHH (where there are more than five employees)

• Evidence of any relevant maintenance records (such as PAT testing, lighting equipment service records etc.) where applicable

Subsequently, the college will monitor health & safety to test the implementation of the employer’s health and safety management system throughout the Apprenticeship programme.

How do I find an apprentice?
If you have an employee who is keen to start, get them to apply now.   

If you would like to take on an apprentice and don't have an employee yet, we have learners who want to take their next step so we can help.  Contact us on 01495 333 355 or apprenticeships@coleggwent.ac.uk

What support does an employer get?Help you recruit an apprentice. 

We will give you guidance and progress reviews throughout the Apprenticeship. 

I want an apprentice, what are my next steps?
1. Apprentice application
Apply online: if you have an employee ask them to fill in our online application form. 

Contact us: if you don't have an employee and would like to find an apprentice
Phone: Call 01495 333355
E-mail: apprenticeships@coleggwent.ac.uk
Once we have helped you find an aprentice they can apply online. 

2.  Choose an Apprenticeship programme
If you're not sure what Apprenticeship programme suits your business needs contact us for advice and guidance.

3.  Three-way agreement
We are dedicated to working as a partnership and will make sure we all know the expecttaions for Apprenticeships with a three-way agreement between the apprentice, business and college. 

4.  Health and Safety
There are health and safety requirements in line with Welsh Government Health and Safety Code of Practice for Contracted Provision.   We will visit you before the apprentice starts and throughout the Apprenticeship at arranged times. 

5.  Enrol
Your employee will need to come into the college and enrol once they've been accepted on the course and after the three-way agreemnent is signed. 

All health and safety checks have been completed. 

And dates and times will be given in advance. 

6.  Evidence Documents for enrolment
-   National Insurance plastic card or HMRC letter or Full Passport,
-   Highest Qualification Certificate,
-   Latest paslip or contract of employment or correspondence from employer,
-   Driving licence (full or provisional) or birth certificate,
-   Proof of home address

If you are unsure of the documents you need to bring please contact us on 01495 333355 or apprenticeships@coleggwent.ac.uk




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