Our apprenticeship training programme
Apprenticeships are the ideal way to support and invest in your workforce, employ new staff or upskill existing staff. We offer apprenticeships for business, the public sector, and the charity sector, drawing our expertise of delivering highly-trusted training programmes, certificates and mentoring.
With our national apprenticeship programmes, you will develop a stronger, more resilient workforce for today and tomorrow. You will enable your apprentices and employees to reach their full potential. As a national RoATP - registered training provider, we can offer advice and support around the apprenticeship levy and other apprenticeship finance options.
Why choose St John Ambulance as your apprenticeship training provider?
All our work is driven by our HEART values:
- Specialism in the third sector allows us to embed humanity at the core of all our apprenticeships.
- We are the nation’s leading first aid charity, with a proud history of delivering excellent training.
- Allow us to take accountability to manage a smooth learning journey every step of the way, using our interactive online platform.
- A blended learning approach which combines online learning modules with face-to-face delivery, which can be responsive to the needs of your organisation.
- Teamwork between you and St John Ambulance to build the exact package you need, with the opportunity for further training opportunities such as Mental Health First Aid, as well as taking advantage of our managed services offer.
What can learners expect?
Learners on our national apprenticeship programmes delivered by St John Ambulance will receive training of the highest-quality which both engages them and challenges them to stretch their skills, knowledge and behaviours to the next level.
We endeavour to involve learners at every stage of their apprenticeship, from on-boarding right through to coaching for their end-point assessment, ensuring that they receive a completely learner-centric experience which will serve them well not just on day one of their programme, but every day for the rest of their career.
St John Ambulance take great pride in embedding our HEART values within all learning opportunities. This means the training apprentices receive will be firmly rooted in our values of humanity, excellence, accountability, responsiveness and teamwork.
How are apprenticeships run?
All our apprenticeships are run through:
- In-person learning & training
- Online learning
- On-the-job experience
- Skills development and mentoring
Apprenticeship Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
New to apprenticeships for business?
As a national apprenticeship training provider on the national Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP), we’ll support you at every step of becoming an apprenticeship employer.
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.
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).
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?
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 types of apprenticeships are available?
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.