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Frequently Asked Questions

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An apprentice must be employed; they may be an existing employee or a new hire. The apprentice must be working towards achieving an approved apprenticeship standard or apprenticeship framework qualification. On a practical basis the apprentice attends college on a day or block release course. The course teaches the theory of the subject and some practical elements.
We can help you to recruit as many apprentices as you want. Just like a recruitment agency, we search for, screen and select suitable apprentices.
An apprentice does not have to be someone new; one of your current staff could be an ideal candidate for an apprenticeship. An apprenticeship can be a great way to up-skill and nurture the talent you already have.
The duration of apprenticeship training must be in excess of 12 months, and for high level apprenticeships for some occupations requiring high level specialist skills, can last for 4 years.
All apprentices have employed status, which means that they come under your terms and conditions and work the number of hours detailed in their contract of employment, which should be issued within 16 weeks of the apprentice’s start date. It is recommended that apprentices work a maximum of 40 hours per week.
No it isn’t. We have quite a number of small employers who have successfully employed an apprentice in the past or that are presently employing apprentices who we are supporting through their learning period.
As part of our normal process, we check that your organisation has suitable Employers’ Liability Insurance in place.
The apprentice will spend at least 20% of their time on 'off-the-job' training.
We can advise you on the “off-the-job” training element and we will work with you to explain the delivery of training we provide and the elements which you as the employer can include in this element.. For funding purposes as an employer you are responsible for confirming “20% off-the-job” time for training on a regular basis as required for an Apprenticeship to receive funding. Additional time is required for functional skills over and above this, if required, please see the official guidance on-off-the job training below which you are advised to read. Training guidance
Apprentices have to meet a minimum standard in both English and maths up to level 2. If your apprentice does not have sufficient qualifications they may need to do an English or maths course.
We will help you identify which of your apprentices require the maths and English training, and provide English and maths. You will not be asked to pay for maths and English training.
Apprenticeships do not require much paperwork from the employer, unless you are delivering the training yourself. We will help you with all the relevant documents throughout the time of the programme.
We will advise you on how to attract more people to your apprenticeship vacancy. If you find someone who you might want to take on but feel they are not quite job ready, then a Traineeship may provide the answer.
Schools generally welcome interest from local employers. There are a variety of approaches you could take, including visiting the school to tell them about your business; having a stand at open days; offering work experience and supporting school projects. This helps the young people appreciate what you do and improves the understanding of the job opportunities that are available now and likely to be available in the future.
Your training to date will be greatly appreciated and we can help find an alternative apprenticeship with another employer.
We will help the apprentice to complete their apprenticeship elsewhere and find you a replacement.
Part of M.I.T.’s responsibility as a training provider is to visit the employer and the apprentice on a regular basis. Feedback from the apprentice's manager is sought at these visits, allowing regular opportunities to discuss any problems that may arise. At M.I.T. we have vast experience of assisting in these matters and take pride in our ability to provide a range of extra support if required.
You may have experienced difficulty in finding or attracting the right sort of person to join your team and M.I.T. can help with this problem. Furthermore, an apprentice, who is employed by an organisation, can be taught exactly how the organisation wants them to behave, the systems to adopt and specialisations they want them to have. A knock on effect for any industry which does not take adequate apprentices over a period of time, is that eventually it becomes increasingly difficult to find staff with the required skills and, when they are found, can cost an increased amount.
As of April 2016, the national minimum wage (and the national living wage) is:
  • Apprentice - £3.50
  • Under 18yrs - £4.05
  • 18 to 20yrs - £5.60
  • 21 to 24yrs - £7.05
  • 25 and over - £7.50
Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either: aged under 19, or if they are over 19, the apprentice rate will apply to them until they have completed the first year of their apprenticeship.
As a rule of thumb, an apprentice could be at least 25 % productive after year 1, working up to fully productive by the end of the training period. It is worth remembering that, as well as selling their hours directly, they may also be productive if they carry out work that allows a skilled worker to carry out other productive work.
M.I.T. aims to do as much work as possible to assist in the selection of an apprentice. With funding linked to the achievement of an apprenticeship framework, it is in our interest to match suitable young people to companies. We, therefore, give each applicant a detailed interview and assessment test, before selecting suitable candidates for companies to interview. Alternatively, if an organisation already has its own applicants or employees, we will work with them.
You can either take on an apprentice straight from school or college, or you could trial a potential apprentice using our tried and tested work experience programme. This means that you can take on someone attending a full time course and give them a taste of working life in a company. If they are successful you can employ them.
We have a wealth of experience in many sectors of industry. We offer an extremely flexible and cost effective solution to employing a trainee and give the backup and support required to meet our mutual objectives. A recent inspection by the Ofsted concluded that M.I.T. was a “Good” provider of training – we are one of only a small number of training providers to meet this high standard.
The end of an apprenticeship is a great achievement for both you and the apprentice and should be celebrated. After a year or more of training, most people will be hungry for more knowledge and will need to continue to develop. They have the potential to go further with your guidance and support and they often become key employees.

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The Apprenticeship Levy is Coming

Now is the time to prepare for the upcoming changes and maximize your organisations ability to take advantage of these changes. From 2017 the national apprenticeship programme will be expanded by the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy. Large employers will have to contribute to the new apprenticeship levy, and there will be changes in funding for apprenticeship training for employers. Read our Levy FAQ to discover more


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