Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes for anyone aged 16 or over, which combine working with studying to gain skills, knowledge and behaviours in a specific job. Apprentices can be new employees or current ones who require a significant amount of re-skilling (perhaps because of moving into a new role). Our experienced team will work with you and can help you recruit new Apprentices or develop your existing team. All our advisers have substantial industry experience, probably within your sector, and are backed up by a team of qualified Apprentice assessors and tutors. Apprenticeships are available to all businesses, from micro to large multinational companies, and all industry sectors.

National apprenticeship research and Benefits:

82%

Building Skills

82% of employers take on Apprentices to build the skills capacity within their Businesses.

75%

Lower recruitment costs

75% of Apprentice employers say the programme has helped cut recruitment costs.

88%

Increased employee satisfaction

88% of Apprentice employers believe that lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce, leading to a greater loyalty and quality.

80%

Reduced staff turnover

80% of employers feel that Apprenticeships reduce staff turnover.

81%

Greater productivity

81% of Apprentice employers say that they make their business more productive. The average completer increases business productivity by £214 per week.

81%

of consumers…

favour using a company which take on Apprentices OVER 200,000 workplaces in England offer Apprenticeships to attract new talent and re-skill existing staff.

Having an Apprentice
in your organisation will:

  • Improve productivity
  • Fill skills gaps, including specialist skills specific to your industry
  • Make your business more competitive
  • Reduce training costs
  • Reduce recruitment costs
  • Assist with succession planning
  • Motivate staff and reduce staff turnover
  • Provide a significant return on investment

We offer a wide choice of Apprenticeships
to suit all industries and sectors, including:

  • Business, IT, Administration and Management
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction, Technical and Building Services
  • Engineering, Manufacturing and Maintenance
  • Health, Care, Early Years and Scientific
  • Logistics and Warehousing
  • Motor Vehicle – Light and Heavy
  • Professional Services
  • Service Industries
  • Sport

For more information on the individual Apprenticeships available please see the links below:

  Engineering & Electronics

Apprenticeship Standard (3) – Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician (ST0154/V1)
Advanced Apprenticeship Engineering Manufacture (FR0427606/V1)
Apprenticeship Improving Operational Performance (FR0414101C/A1)
Apprenticeship Improving Operational Performance – Performing Manufacturing Operations (FR0414102P/A1)
Apprenticeship Improving Operational Performance – Business Improvement Techniques route (FR0414103/A1)
Apprenticeship Standard (3) – Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer (ST0195/V1)
Apprenticeship Standard (2) Food & Drink Process Operator (ST0199/A1)
Apprenticeship Standard (2) in Welding (ST0349/A1)
Apprenticeship Standard (3) in Welding (ST0350/V1)
Apprenticeship Standard (3) – Engineering Technician (ST0457/V1)
Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Improvement Techniques (FR0368001/V1)

  Construction & Building Services

Apprenticeship Construction Building – Decorative Finishing & Industrial Painting route (FR0425801/A1)
Advanced Apprenticeship Construction Building – Trowel Occupations route (FR0425801/V1)
Apprenticeship Construction Building – Trowel Occupations route (FR0425803/A1)
Advanced Apprenticeship Construction Building – Decorative Finishing & Industrial Painting route (FR0425803/V1)
Apprenticeship Construction Building – Wood Machining route (FR0425805/A1)
Apprenticeship Construction Civil Engineering – Construction Operations route (FR0425601/A1)
Apprenticeship Construction Civil Engineering – Highway Maintenance route (FR0425603/A1)
Advanced Apprenticeship – Construction Technical (FR04145/V1)
Carpentry and Joinery (ST0263/V1)
Carpentry and Joinery (ST0264/A1)
Apprenticeship Standard (3) in Gas Engineering (ST0155/V1)
Apprenticeship Plumbing and Heating – Plumbing route (FR0400201/A1)

  Facilities Services

  Information Technology & Administration

  Childcare, Health & Social Care

  Sports Science & Coaching

  Customer Service

  Motor Vehicle

  Science

  Logistics

  Plumbing,Gas & Electrical/ Heating & Ventilation

  Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies

  Hospitality & Catering

  Business, Management & Finance

  Teacher Training

How much does an Apprentice cost?

There is a minimum wage per hour for different age groups of Apprentice – contact us for details.
In addition your business will contribute towards the training cost of the Apprentice. If your business
wage bill is below £3million per year, then the contribution you will be asked to make is 10% of the total cost of training, with the remaining 90% being paid for by the government. For small businesses and those employing 16-18 year old apprentices there are additional incentives available that may offset this training cost over the duration of the Apprenticeship. Please speak to your Business Development Advisor to understand what the costs would be for your business and what incentives may be available.


Apprenticeship Levy

If your company’s wage bill is £3million or more, you will already be paying an Apprenticeship Levy of 0.5%. This is paid into a digital account held by government, to help fund the training of Apprentices in your business and you can draw down this levy over time to pay for the training of Apprentices that you take on. If you are a business paying the Apprenticeship Levy, contact us to find out what it means for your business and how we can help you take advantage of the benefits this brings. More information about the Apprenticeship Levy and 10% non-levy contribution can be found in our Apprenticeships Employers’ Guide.

Course CodeSector AreaCourse TitleTraining Fee (£)Assessment Fee (£)
FR0425801/V1Apps - Building & ConstructionAdvanced Apprenticeship Construction Building - Trowel Occupations route6000 
FR0425805/A1Apps - Building & ConstructionApprenticeship Construction Building - Wood Machining route6000 
FR0425804S/A1Apps - Building & ConstructionApprenticeship Construction Building (with 60079952 or similar only) - Wood Occupations (Site) route3240 
ST0152/V1Apps - Building & ConstructionApprenticeship Standard (3) for Installation Electrician/Maintenance Electrician17325675
FR0400201/A1Apps - Building & ConstructionApprenticeship Plumbing and Heating - Plumbing route5000 
FR0425803/A1Apps - Building & ConstructionApprenticeship Construction Building - Trowel Occupations route5000 
ST0155/V1Apps - Building & ConstructionApprenticeship Standard (3) in Gas Engineering257501250
ST026301/V1Apps - Building & ConstructionApprenticeship Standard (3) - Carpentry and Joinery (Site)8370 
ST026302/V1Apps - Building & ConstructionApprenticeship Standard (3) - Carpentry and Joinery (Bench)8370 
ST026401/A1Apps - Building & ConstructionApprenticeship Standard (2) - Carpentry and Joinery (Site)11160 
ST026402/A1Apps - Building & ConstructionApprenticeship Standard (2) - Carpentry and Joinery (Bench)11160 
FR0414501/V1Apps - Building & ConstructionAdvanced Apprenticeship Construction Technical - Built Environment & Design route6000 
FR0414502/V1Apps - Building & ConstructionAdvanced Apprenticeship Construction Technical - Construction Contracting Operations route9000 
FR0414504/V1Apps - Building & ConstructionAdvanced Apprenticeship Construction Technical - Civil Engineering for Technicians route9000 
FR0425601/A1Apps - Building & ConstructionApprenticeship Construction Civil Engineering - Construction Operations route4000 
FR0425603/A1Apps - Building & ConstructionApprenticeship Construction Civil Engineering - Highways Maintenance route5000 
FR0425801/A1Apps - Building & ConstructionApprenticeship Construction Building - Decorative Finishing & Industrial Painting route6000 
FR0425803/V1Apps - Building & ConstructionAdvanced Apprenticeship Construction Building - Decorative Finishing route9000 
ST0095/A1Apps - Building & ConstructionApprenticeship Standard (2) in Bricklaying8370 
FR0400203/V1Apps - Building & ConstructionAdvanced Apprenticeship Plumbing and Heating - Gas fired water and Central Heating route9000 
FR0384503/V1Apps - Business, Admin & LawAdvanced Apprenticeship Business Administration - Medical Administration route1500 
FR0399001/G1Apps - Business, Admin & LawHigher Apprenticeship Business Administration - Business Administration route4000 
FR0402701/G1Apps - Business, Admin & LawHigher Apprenticeship in Management - Level 42000 
ST0002/V1Apps - Business, Admin & LawApprentice Standard (3) Assistant Accountant8370 
ST0385/B1Apps - Business, Admin & LawApprenticeship Standard (5) - Operations / Departmental Manager8150850
FR0411901/V1Apps - Business, Admin & LawAdvanced Apprenticeship Customer Service2000 
FR0384503/A1Apps - Business, Admin & LawApprenticeship Business Administration - Medical Administration route1500 
FR0388501/A1Apps - Business, Admin & LawApprenticeship Accounting2000 
ST0384/V1Apps - Business, Admin & LawApprenticeship Standard (3) - Team Leader / Supervisor40001000
FR0382901/A1Apps - Business, Admin & LawApprenticeship Management - Team Leading1500 
ST0070/V1Apps - Business, Admin & LawApprenticeship Standard (3) Business Administration4300700
FR0384501/A1Apps - Business, Admin & LawApprenticeship Business Administration - Business Administration route2000 
ST0072/A1Apps - Business, Admin & LawApprenticeship Standard (2) in Customer Service3450550
FR0253201/A1Apps - EngineeringApprenticeship Vehicle Maintenance - Light vehicle route5000 
ST0068/V1Apps - EngineeringApprenticeship Standard (3) - Heavy Vehicle Service & Maintenance Technician16740 
FR0414101F/A1Apps - EngineeringApprenticeship Improving Operational Performance - Fabrication & Welding route4000 
FR0414101C/A1Apps - EngineeringApprenticeship Improving Operational Performance - Machining route4000 
FR0414101E/A1Apps - EngineeringApprenticeship Improving Operational Performance - Machining route - Electronics route4000 
FR0414101M/A1Apps - EngineeringApprenticeship Improving Operational Performance - Maintenance route4000 
ST0199/A1Apps - EngineeringApprenticeship Standard (2) - Food & Drink Process Operator40001000
ST0195/V1Apps - EngineeringApprenticeship Standard (3) - Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer216005400
ST0457/V1Apps - EngineeringApprenticeship Standard (3) - Engineering Technician216005400
FR0427610/V1Apps - EngineeringAdvanced Apprenticeship Engineering Manufacture - Installation & Commissioning route9000 
ST0033/V1Apps - EngineeringApprenticeship Standard (3) Motor Vehicle Service & Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle)16740 
ST0349/A1Apps - EngineeringApprenticeship Standard (2) in Welding72001800
FR0414103/A1Apps - EngineeringApprenticeship Improving Operational Performance - Business Improvement Techniques route3500 
FR0427606/V1Apps - EngineeringAdvanced Apprenticeship Engineering Manufacture - Fabrication & Welding route9000 
ST0350/V1Apps - EngineeringApprenticeship Standard (3) in Welding96002400
ST0065/A1Apps - EngineeringApprenticeship Standard (2) - Building Services Engineering Installer40001000
FR0368001/V1Apps - EngineeringAdvanced Apprenticeship Operations and Quality Improvement - Business Improvement Techniques4000 
FR0414102P/A1Apps - EngineeringApprenticeship Improving Operational Performance - PMO route3500 
FR0432508/V1Apps - EngineeringAdvanced Apprenticeship Engineering Manufacture - Engineering Technical Support route9000 
FR0432503/V1Apps - EngineeringAdvanced Apprenticeship Engineering Manufacture - Mechanical Manufacturing route9000 
ST0154/V1Apps - EngineeringApprenticeship Standard (3) - Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician25110 
FR0253202/A1Apps - EngineeringApprenticeship Vehicle Maintenance - Heavy vehicle route6000 
ST000502/A1Apps - Health, Public Services & CareApprenticeship Standard (2) Adult Care Worker2550450
ST000602/V1Apps - Health, Public Services & CareApprenticeship Standard (3) Lead Adult Care Worker2550450
ST021702/V1Apps - Health, Public Services & CareApprenticeship Standard (3) Senior Healthcare Support Worker- Maternity2590410
FR0411303/V1Apps - Health, Public Services & CareAdvanced Apprenticeship Children and Young People's Workforce - Residential Childcare route2500 
ST0216/A1Apps - Health, Public Services & CareApprenticeship Standard (2) Healthcare Support Worker2400600
ST021701/V1Apps - Health, Public Services & CareApprenticeship Standard (3) Senior Healthcare Support Worker-Clinical2590410
ST021703/V1Apps - Health, Public Services & CareApprenticeship Standard (3) Senior Healthcare Support Worker- Theatre Support (Perioperative)2400600
ST021705/V1Apps - Health, Public Services & CareApprenticeship Standard (3) Senior Healthcare Support Worker- C&YP (Maternity & Paediatric)2400600
ST021706/V1Apps - Health, Public Services & CareApprenticeship Standard (3) Senior Healthcare Support Worker- Allied Health2400600
FR0419901/V1Apps - Health, Public Services & CareAdvanced Apprenticeship Pharmacy Services4000 
FR0419901/A1Apps - Health, Public Services & CareApprenticeship Pharmacy Services2000 
FR0411301/V1Apps - Health, Public Services & CareAdvanced Apprenticeship Children and Young People's Workforce - Early Years Educator route2500 
ST0125/V1Apps - ICTApprenticeship Standard (3) Infrastructure Technician120003000
ST0128/V1Apps - ICTApprenticeship Standard (3) Software Development Technician120003000
ST0130/V1Apps - ICTApprenticeship Standard (3) Unified Communications Technician120003000
FR0390101/A1Apps - ICTApprenticeship IT Application Specialist2000 
FR0429301/A1Apps - ICTApprenticeship IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professional3500 
FR0366701/A1Apps - Retail & Commercial EnterpriseApprenticeship Supply Chain Management1500 
FR0394801/A1Apps - Retail & Commercial EnterpriseApprenticeship Warehousing and Storage 1500 
ST021301/A1Apps - Retail & Commercial EnterpriseApprenticeship Standard (2) in Hairdressing8625375
ST0232/V1Apps - Retail & Commercial EnterpriseApprenticeship Standard (3) for a Senior Chef in Production Cooking40001000
FR0385801/A1Apps - Retail & Commercial EnterpriseApprenticeship Barbering3000 
ST0259/A1Apps - Retail & Commercial EnterpriseApprenticeship Standard (2) in Supply Chain Warehouse Operation2400600
FR0362401/A1Apps - Retail & Commercial EnterpriseApprenticeship in Facilities Management1500 
FR0368901/V1Apps - Retail & Commercial EnterpriseAdvanced Apprenticeship Cleaning & Environmental Support Services1500 
FR0356401/V1Apps - Retail & Commercial EnterpriseAdvanced Apprenticeship Logistics Operations2500 
ST0201/V1Apps - Retail & Commercial EnterpriseApprenticeship Standard (3) - Supply Chain Practitioner120003000
FR0368901/A1Apps - Retail & Commercial EnterpriseApprenticeship Cleaning & Environmental Support1500 
ST0233/A1Apps - Retail & Commercial EnterpriseApprenticeship Standard (2) - Hospitality Team Member4070930
ST0170/V1Apps - Retail & Commercial EnterpriseApprenticeship Standard (3) - Facilities Management Supervisor3200800
ST0228/A1Apps - Retail & Commercial EnterpriseApprenticeship Standard (2) Commis Chef79001100
FR0385901/V1Apps - Retail & Commercial EnterpriseAdvanced Apprenticeship Hairdressing3000 
ST0258/A1Apps - Retail & Commercial EnterpriseApprenticeship Standard (2) Supply Chain Operator2400600
FR0394801/V1Apps - Retail & Commercial EnterpriseAdvanced Apprenticeship Warehousing and Storage 2000 
FR0382401/A1Apps - Sports & LeisureApprenticeship Exercise & Fitness2500 
FR0404504P/A1Apps - Sports & LeisureApprenticeship Activity Leadership - Leadership, Physical Ed & School Sport Route2000 
FR0435504C/A1Apps - Sports & LeisureApprenticeship Activity Leadership - Leadership Route2000 
FR0417201/V1Apps - Teaching & Supporting LearningAdvanced Apprenticeship Learning & Development 2500 

Apprenticeship Levy – FAQs

Do you know if you will have to pay the Apprenticeship Levy and how it will impact your business? Only 1.3% of UK employers will need to pay the Apprenticeship Levy. There will be alternative arrangements for those employers who won’t pay the Levy.

All UK employers who have a total employee pay bill above £3m a year will pay the Levy. This includes public and private sector, charities and educational providers such as academy groups and universities. The Levy rate is set at 0.5% of any pay bill over £3M per annum.

Payments will be collected monthly by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) through Pay as You Earn (PAYE), alongside tax and National Insurance.

Employers get a £15,000 fixed annual allowance to offset against the Levy payment. Please use the following link for more information on the direct gov website.

www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-levy-how-it-will-work

Here are some examples of how much employers may pay in Levy:

Example 1:

Employer of 250 employees, each with a gross salary of £20,000

Annual pay bill: 250 x £20,000 = £5,000,000
Levy applied: 0.5% x £5,000,000 = £25,000
After allowance applied: £25,000-£15,000 means £10,000 Levy payment

Example 2:

Employer of 100 employees, each with a gross salary of £20,000

Annual pay bill: 100 x £20,000 = £2,000,000
Levy applied: 0.5% x £2,000,000 = £10,000
After allowance applied: £10,000-£15,000 means £0 Levy payment

One of the benefits of the scheme is that it places control of Apprenticeship funding into the hands of the employer. This allows you to invest in Apprenticeship training for new and existing staff to help secure the future of your business.

If your business has an annual pay bill less than £3m it will not have to pay the Levy, however you will still be able to access funding for Apprenticeships.

Co-funded Apprenticeship Training

If you don’t pay the Levy and have over 50 employees, Apprenticeship training will be co-funded. The Government will pay 90% of the negotiated cost of Apprenticeship training and the employer will pay the remaining 10%.

Fully-Funded Apprenticeship Training – Small Company Waiver

If you employ less than 50 staff and you train 16-18 year old Apprentices they will be fully funded.

NB If Apprentices are aged 19+ the co-funded rate applies and you will pay 10% of the negotiated cost.

Yes – a staff member in an existing job role, where the individual needs significant new knowledge and skills, may undertake an approved Apprenticeship programme.

Funds can only be used towards the costs of Apprenticeship training. They cannot be used on other associated costs such as Apprentice wages, travel and subsidiary costs or the costs of setting up an Apprenticeship programme.

The money collected by HMRC will sit in your digital account which you will be able to use to pay for Apprenticeship training.

For further information, please see the following link via the direct gov website: –

www.gov.uk/guidance/pay-Apprenticeship-Levy

Levy paying employers will be able to set up their Digital Accounts on the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS), choose the type of Apprenticeship they want to run, the number of Apprenticeships they take on, all of which can be delivered through Stoke on Trent College. Once the account is set up Levy payers will access this to make payments to the College.

For Levy and non-Levy payers, please contact our Business Services Team to discuss costs.

Stoke on Trent College is an approved provider on the Register of Approved Training Providers (RoATP).

This means we have been through an application process with the ESFA that considers due diligence, capability, quality and financial health to assess our capability to deliver high-quality Apprenticeship training.

An employer will receive a payment of £1000 towards the additional cost associated with Apprenticeship training if, at the start of the Apprenticeship, the Apprentice is:

Aged between 16 and 18 years old (or 15 years of age if the Apprentice’s 16th birthday is between the last Friday of June and 31 August)
Aged between 19 and 24 years old and has either an education, health and care plan provided by the local authority, or has been in the care of the local authority

The Government will automatically add 10% to the funds in your Apprenticeship service account. They will apply this 10% top-up monthly, at the same time the funds enter your account.

Funds that you don’t use will expire 24 months after they enter your account. Whenever a payment for training is taken from your account, the service always uses the funds that entered your account first. Your Apprenticeship service account will let you know when funds are due to expire.

The Government will automatically add 10% to the funds in your Apprenticeship service account. They will apply this 10% top-up monthly, at the same time the funds enter your account.

Funds that you don’t use will expire 24 months after they enter your account. Whenever a payment for training is taken from your account, the service always uses the funds that entered your account first. Your Apprenticeship service account will let you know when funds are due to expire.

You will need to pay more once your business has spent all your Levy contribution and top-up and you want to spend more on Apprenticeship training.

Stoke on Trent College is perfectly positioned to help you prepare and understand how the new Apprenticeship Levy will affect funding for new or existing staff.

Simply call our Business Services Team on 01782 603603 or email us at business@stokecoll.ac.uk

Further information on the support available can be found in the Government’s funding updates or by contacting our Business Services Team who can take you through what the changes mean for you and how Stoke on Trent College can help you to make the most of the opportunities it provides.

Tel: 01782 603603

Email: business@stokecoll.ac.uk

Stoke on Trent College, Stoke Road, Shelton, Stoke on Trent ST4 2DG and Moorland Road, Burslem, Stoke on Trent, ST6 1JJ

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