Our FAQs aim to answer the most common questions about our apprenticeship programmes. If you can't find the answer to your question here, please do contact our apprenticeship team.
Who is eligible to be an apprentice?
Anyone who is 16 years old or older can become an apprentice. They must not in full-time education or undertaking any other government-funded training. They must be employed or otherwise engaged by your organisation for a period long enough to allow them to complete their apprenticeship. Apprentices must be paid a lawful wage.
There is no upper age limit, making an apprenticeship an ideal way of upskilling your existing staff.
Does an apprentice have to work full time?
What types of apprenticeships are available?
How long does an apprenticeship last?
All apprenticeships must last for a minimum of twelve months. Many will last longer, and this largely depends on the knowledge, skills and behaviours which an apprentice needs to develop to become competent in their job role. Previous learning and experience, as well as prior attainment of English and Maths qualifications are also contributing factors to the length of an apprenticeship.
What is the Apprenticeship Levy?
The Apprenticeship Levy is a UK tax on employers with an annual payroll of over £3 million.
Organisations who pay the Apprenticeship Levy will receive levy funds to pay for apprenticeship training. The government will add 10%.
Smaller organisations don't pay the Apprenticeship Levy. To support apprenticeships within these smaller organisations, the government will fund 95% of the apprenticeship training, meaning you must only pay 5% toward the cost of training and assessing your apprentice.
What financial incentives are there?
The government recently announced that it will be extending its incentive scheme for recruiting an apprentice until 30th September 2021. This means there is no time like the present for hiring a new apprentice!
For apprentices who joined your organisation after 1st April 2021
Employers will receive £3,000 for new employees of any age who start their apprenticeship from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021. You can apply for incentive payments for these apprentices from 1 June 2021.
For apprentices who joined your organisation before 1st April 2021
For apprentices aged:
- 16 to 24, employers will receive £2,000
- 25 and over, employers will receive £1,500
You must apply for these apprentices before the 31st May 2021.
How can you use the apprenticeship incentives funds?
You can spend the incentive payments on anything to support your organisation’s costs. This could include uniforms, your apprentice’s travel or their salary. You do not have to pay it back.
This payment is in addition any other incentive payments you already receive. For example, the existing £1,000 you’ll already get for taking on an apprentice who is aged 16 to 18 years old, or under 25 and has an education, health and care plan, or has been in the care of their local authority.
Am I making the most of the Apprenticeship Levy?
Upskill existing staff: As levy payments only cover apprentice training (not salary), using the levy to provide apprenticeship training for existing members of staff is an excellent way to make sure you can utilise your entire levy pot. Existing staff complete an apprenticeship in the same way as new starters, with 20% of their time allocated for study. In accordance with recent apprenticeship reforms, staff can now take apprenticeships at the same or lower level as a qualification already held, as long as it’s in a different area, where the individual needs significant new knowledge and skills.
Make sure your funds don’t expire: Use it or lose it. Levy funds expire after 24 months, so make sure you plan ahead (whether you plan to hire new staff or upskill existing team members), ensure that you have employees ready to begin their training and provision agreed with providers. To help minimise the amount of funds that expire, your digital account will automatically use the funds that entered your account first and you’ll be notified well in advance of any funds expiring.
Get additional training funding when your levy runs out: If spending your whole levy pot isn’t a problem, the government will co-invest 95% of any additional training you wish to purchase, if the funds in a given month aren’t enough to meet the costs of your apprenticeship training (up to the maximum value of the funding band for the apprenticeship). The government will only co-invest if your organisation pays the remaining 5%.
Share with your supply chain: From 2018 onwards the government plans to enable employers to share up to 25% of their levy pot with other companies – such as those in their supply chain. There is substantial scope for sharing funds in this way to have benefits for businesses more broadly, including improved corporate relations and increased productivity across the supply chain.
Additional Payments: Employers may also receive payments towards the additional cost associated with training if, at the start of the apprenticeship, the apprentice is aged between 16 and 18 years old, or aged between 19 and 24 years old and has either an EHC plan or has been in the care of the local authority. The government will also fund all the apprenticeship training costs, up to the maximum value of the funding band for the apprenticeship, for employers employing fewer than 50 people (SME).
Is St John Ambulance a ROATP registered apprenticeship training provider?
Are apprenticeships still running during COVID-19?
Yes! Despite the coronavirus pandemic, St John Ambulance have responded in such a way that we can continue to deliver high-quality apprenticeship provision. This involves a blended learning approach which combines online self-study modules, webinars, and face-to-face online teaching. As we continue to deliver, we will be able to review and refine our delivery model on an ongoing basis.
How is an apprenticeship assessed?
All apprenticeship standards are assessed by an end-point assessment. This takes place once the practical period of training and learning has been completed. The end-point assessment (EPA) is conducted by a specialist and independent end-point assessment organisation (EPAO), chosen by the you as the employer. Assessment methods vary depending on the apprenticeship standard, but are devised to replicate performance within the targeted job role. The end-point assessment is an opportunity for apprentices to demonstrate their competency in the knowledge, skills and behaviours associated with their job role.
What is an apprenticeship standard?
An apprenticeship standard is a set of knowledge, skills and behaviours which are specific to the needs of job roles within all sectors. These were developed by groups of employers known as ‘trailblazers’, with more and more continuing to be developed and published. Apprenticeship standards replaced the previous apprenticeship frameworks, which were simply a combination of qualifications within a given subject area.
You can find the full details of each apprenticeship standard by visiting each apprenticeship programme page and clicking on the link in the summary bar on the right hand side of the page.
What makes us different?
Care Sector Apprenticeships
Third Sector Apprenticeships
Leadership and Management Apprenticeships
Team Leader or Supervisor L3