Apprenticeships. Free training for your business.
Apprenticeships are great for your business. They help your employees gain valuable industry-recognised qualifications and practical skills, so they can improve performance and, best of all, if your business is in Wales, you can take advantage of the programme, free!
We’ll work with you to tailor an Apprenticeship training programme to your needs. There are many courses to choose from, including construction, engineering, health and social care.
Why take on an apprentice?
86% of employers said apprenticeships developed skills relevant to their organisation
78% reported improved productivity
90% of apprentices stay on in their place of work after completing an apprenticeship
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?
- Free training directly relevant to your organisation
- High quality training to industry-recognised standards
- Skills specific to your industry
- Skills to cope with new technology and new markets
- A way of tackling skills shortages
- Staff retention
- Increased staff confidence and morale
- A more responsive, motivated workforce
What will an Apprenticeship involve?
At Coleg Gwent we offer two levels of Apprenticeship: Foundation Apprenticeship (equivalent to five GCSEs, Grade A-C) and Apprenticeship (equivalent to two A Level passes). Both involve:
Employing the apprentice for at least 16 hours per week, giving them a contract of employment and paying them in-line with national minimum wage requirements
Fully supporting the apprentice in all aspects of their Learning Programme
Through mutual agreement, allowing Coleg Gwent staff to undertake visits to your business in order to assess and discuss progress with the Apprentice
Allowing the apprentice time off to attend college for the duration of the programme
Observing all relevant Health and Safety regulations
Assisting our staff in the assessment of the apprentice by giving feedback on their progress, attitude and development within their job role.
What types of companies offer Apprenticeships?
We currently work 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 employer and no limit on how many Apprentices you can employ.
What will it cost my company?
Funding for an apprentice’s training and assessments comes from the Welsh Government and in some cases, the European Social Fund.
Like any employee, you’ll need to pay your apprentices for their normal working hours plus any training that is part of the apprenticeship programme i.e. day release and/or block release programmes. For the latest information and guidance on rates of pay, visit www.direct.gov.uk or contact the Pay & Work Rights helpline on 0800 9172368.
What types of Apprenticeships are on offer?
We offer Apprenticeships in:
- Automotive engineering – light and heavy vehicle
- Automotive engineering – vehicle body repair and vehicle body paint
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical engineering
- Electrical installation
- Health and social care
- Hospitality & Catering
- Mechanical engineering
What Health & Safety checks are needed?
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 we’ll need to evaluate your company’s management of health, safety and welfare, to make sure 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?
What support will we get as an employer?
We can provide you with help in recruiting apprentices. We’ll give you guidance throughout the Apprenticeship programme and a progress review every two months.
How do we apply?
1. Complete an application form
ONLINE: Using the link on the course info page
PHONE: Call 01495 333777 for an application form
IN PERSON: At any of our five campuses
2. Course advice & guidance
Your employee will be invited into college, where we’ll give them advice and guidance on the chosen apprenticeship route. The session will be after 4pm to fit around work commitments.
3. Three-way Agreement & range of work
One of our Work-Based Learning Assessors will arrange a visit with you to discuss the necessary range of work required for your employee to achieve the Apprenticeship Programme and to sign a Three-way Agreement.
4. Health & Safety
One of our Health & Safety Co-ordinators will be in touch to arrange a visit to do the necessary Health & Safety checks.
Your employee will need to come in and enrol once they’ve accepted their place on the course, the company has signed the Three-way Agreement/range of work and you’ve passed the Health & Safety checks. We’ll make sure both your employee and you know the date and time in advance.
6. Evidence Documents for enrolment
National Insurance plastic card or HMRC letter or Full Passport
Highest Qualification Certificate
Latest payslip or contract of employment or correspondence from employer
Driving licence (full or provisional) or birth certificate
Proof of home address