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.  

Before you start: Essential information about apprenticeships

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?

How does funding work?

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?

Am I making the most of the Apprenticeship Levy?

Is St John Ambulance a ROATP registered apprenticeship training provider?

During your apprenticeships: Support for employers and apprentices

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.

Finishing your apprenticeships

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?

Still got a question?

Contact our national apprenticeship team to find out more