1) I am an employer wanting to take on an Apprentice, what do I need to know?
The Government strategy is to seek financial support from employers in the development of their own staff through national accredited training programmes.
Incentives are available but change frequently. Two current ones we know about are:
Employer Incentive for 16-24 year olds - includes a one off payment of £1500
Wage Incentive for 18-24 year olds - includes two rates of wage available depending on number of hours worked
If an employer is CITB registered then there are grants that can be claimed for employed apprentices following construction-related apprenticeship programmes of two years or more, details are here: CITB Apprenticeship Grants.
You can also:
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2) What are the costs when hiring an Apprentice?
3) What can my existing employees do to upskill?
If you are looking to improve the heritage craft skills in your business to allow you to offer a greater depth of service portfolio, HCA offer a range of skills training, formal qualifications and short courses:
OSAT (onsite Assessment and Training (NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Heritage Skills across a range of trade skills) leadsing to the Gold CSCS Card.
The training cost is £1600 + VAT at Level 3 and if you are CITB registered there may be a levy payable of approx £370.
We can quote for a bespoke short course to 'Upskill' your current employees and this can be delivered at your site or our training centre to suit.
Apprenticeships can be offered at level 3 for existing employees with appropriate entry qualifications or experience.