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Here you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) we have received about Apprenticeships, Traineeships, and Short Courses. Take a look!

Learner FAQs

Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we have received from learners. This was while they were deciding whether further education was right for them or not.

A Traineeship is a training programme with work experience focused on giving young people the knowledge and skills employers want. At its core are work preparation training, English and Maths for those who need it, and a work experience placement.

To apply for a traineeship you must be:

  • Aged 16-18


  • Eligible to work in England


  • Unemployed with little to no work experience


  • Motivated to work

Through work experience and improvement of functional skills, a traineeship will place you in a better position to compete for an apprenticeship or job. Each aspect will allow for improvement to your CV, employability skills, and interview technique.

Once the work placement has ended, you’ll get a job interview with your employer if a role becomes available. At the very least, you will receive a reference to help you find work elsewhere and an exit interview.

Traineeship programmes are government-funded. Therefore, the cost of the course is given directly to the training providers, meaning that it won’t cost you any money.

The term fully funded means everything is paid for, so you will not need to pay any fees. All our apprenticeship courses are fully funded by the government, allowing us to provide expert advice and a supportive service without any financial risk on your part.

A traineeship isn’t a job, and employers are not required to pay you for the work placement, but you may get:

  • Expenses for transport


  • Support from the local Jobcentre

If you are ever unsure, just ask a member of staff, and they’ll be happy to provide any further information.

Traineeships provide motivated people aged 16-18 an opportunity to improve their skills and experience. If you have been unsuccessful when applying for jobs in the past, then a Traineeship may be just what you need to move forward.

We know it can be difficult for you to decide what you want to do after school. It’s okay if you aren’t sure which career path you want to go down. At PCS, we can provide Traineeship opportunities in a wide range of sectors, like Business Administration, Customer Service, and more! Just contact a member of staff, and we’ll help find the placement best suited for you.

To apply, you will need to head over to our vacancies page by Clicking Here, where you’ll find a list of our current apprenticeship and traineeship vacancies.

Alternatively, you can call us on 0121 236 2634, email at contactus@protocolgroup.co.uk.

All learners attend interviews smartly dressed. This includes when you come in for an initial interview with our team and when you meet the employer.

By first interviewing at Protocol, our team can experience your interview technique and provide feedback on where you need to improve. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the placement and the employer. Therefore, allowing you to make a more informed decision as to whether or not this apprenticeship is right for you.

At Protocol, we stress the importance of safeguarding, and all of our staff adhere to the Safeguarding Policies. If you have any problems at work, you can speak to us at any time, and we will step in. The needs of our learners are of utmost priority so we support them throughout the entirety of the Apprenticeship or Traineeship.

If you are interested in letting us know what you thought of the services you experienced with Protocol. Visit our contact us page and fill out the form at the bottom. Alternatively, you can call us on 0121 236 2634, email us at contactus@protocolgroup.co.uk, or leave a review on Facebook or Google.

An Apprenticeship is a full-time job with added training and assessment. As a result, you would be gaining work experience while earning a wage and achieving a qualification. Apprenticeships are an excellent way to gain practical experience, skills, and knowledge.

Apprenticeships teach you the theoretical aspect of the industry you’re working in. This is in addition to the practical experience you can only gain from working on the job.

The minimum wage for an apprentice is £4.15 an hour, as set by the Government, and increases yearly. This only applies if you are under 19 or in the first year of an apprenticeship. As a result, once the first year has finished, you will be paid the minimum wage for your age group. Also, if you choose to do another apprenticeship, you won’t be required to return to the apprenticeship wage.

Apprenticeship entry requirements differ from placement to placement. The first thing to establish is the knowledge and skills you currently have. The industry you would like to work in is also noted, but the placements you can apply for may differ from what you are looking for long term.

Other than that, Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, currently living in England. Recent laws have altered the Maths and English requirement for anyone with learning difficulties or disabilities. Meaning, you are supported regardless by Protocol and the wide range of businesses we work with.

A full-time apprentice will work anywhere between 30 to 40 hours a week, depending on their role within a business. Government regulations are currently in effect to protect young workers under the age of 18 from overworking, which also applies to apprentices. These include:

  • Apprentices can not work more than 40 hours a week.
  • Each working day must not last more than 8 hours.
  • Lunch breaks range from 30 minutes to an hour.
  • The employer must give the learner at least 12 hours off between each shift.
  • And at least 24 hours clear from working each week.

The minimum age for a learner applying for an apprenticeship placement is 16, with no maximum age limit.

Once you have completed your degree, you can still apply for an Apprenticeship. But, it can not be within the same industry as your previous qualification. Due to the duplication of units, we would be unable to offer you an Apprenticeship and, in addition to that, you would not be eligible for government funding.

Our staff have many years of experience in their fields and have achieved all the qualifications they teach and assess. The educators will deliver face-to-face training to improve job-specific skills and tailored to a specific business’s needs.

Through on and off-site training, learners will work to develop the specific skills needed for success. This includes functional skills in Maths, English, and I.T. On-site resources will also assist learners during their apprenticeship course. Online resources are also provided through Moodle & Mahara to help bring the subject to life.

L2 – Intermediate – 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C

L3 – Advanced – 2 A-Level passes at grade A*-C

L4-7 – Higher – Foundation Degree & above

L6-7 – Degree – Bachelor or Masters Degree

If you don’t have enough or any GCSEs, you can still apply for a level 2 intermediate course. Functional skills training is part of the apprenticeship, so you will be able to achieve those qualifications in addition to everything else.

Yes, of course! All Apprentices are eligible to get an Apprentice NUS extra card, which comes to £11 for an entire year. The NUS Extra Card offers discounts in dozens of shops, restaurants, and entertainment locations, and so it is well worth the £11 price tag!
 

If you have performed well throughout the Apprenticeship, the vast majority of employers will indeed keep an Apprentice on as a full-time employee. Around 90% of Apprentices stay with their current employer once their course has finished, but it is not guaranteed.

As an Apprentice, you are eligible for a 16-25 railcard (£30 for one year, or £70 for three). This railcard can save you up to a 1/3 off all rail fares, which means big savings when it comes to an Apprentice’s commute! You could also get your first month’s travel for free through Workwise who supply a 4-week travel pass to Apprentices from day 1 of their employment.
 

A Traineeship is a training programme with work experience focused on giving young people the knowledge and skills employers want. At its core are work preparation training, English and Maths for those who need it, and a work experience placement.

To apply for a traineeship you must be:

  • Aged 16-18


  • Eligible to work in England


  • Unemployed with little to no work experience


  • Motivated to work

Through work experience and improvement of functional skills, a traineeship will place you in a better position to compete for an apprenticeship or job. Each aspect will allow for improvement to your CV, employability skills, and interview technique.

Once the work placement has ended, you’ll get a job interview with your employer if a role becomes available. At the very least, you will receive a reference to help you find work elsewhere and an exit interview.

Traineeship programmes are government-funded. Therefore, the cost of the course is given directly to the training providers, meaning that it won’t cost you any money.

The term fully funded means everything is paid for, so you will not need to pay any fees. All our apprenticeship courses are fully funded by the government, allowing us to provide expert advice and a supportive service without any financial risk on your part.

A traineeship isn’t a job, and employers are not required to pay you for the work placement, but you may get:

  • Expenses for transport


  • Support from the local Jobcentre

 

If you are ever unsure, just ask a member of staff, and they’ll be happy to provide any further information.

Traineeships provide motivated people aged 16-18 an opportunity to improve their skills and experience. If you have been unsuccessful when applying for jobs in the past, then a Traineeship may be just what you need to move forward.

We know it can be difficult for you to decide what you want to do after school. It’s okay if you aren’t sure which career path you want to go down. At PCS, we can provide Traineeship opportunities in a wide range of sectors, like Business Administration, Customer Service, and more! Just contact a member of staff, and we’ll help find the placement best suited for you.

To apply, you will need to head over to our vacancies page by Clicking Here, where you’ll find a list of our current apprenticeship and traineeship vacancies.

Alternatively, you can call us on 0121 236 2634, email at Contactus@Protocolgroup.co.uk.

All learners attend interviews smartly dressed. This includes when you come in for an initial interview with our team and when you meet the employer.

By first interviewing at Protocol, our team can experience your interview technique and provide feedback on where you need to improve. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the placement and the employer. Therefore, allowing you to make a more informed decision as to whether or not this apprenticeship is right for you.

At Protocol, we stress the importance of safeguarding, and all of our staff adhere to the Safeguarding Policies. If you have any problems at work, you can speak to us at any time, and we will step in. The needs of our learners are of utmost priority so we support them throughout the entirety of the Apprenticeship or Traineeship.

If you are interested in letting us know what you thought of the services you experienced with Protocol. Visit our contact us page and fill out the form at the bottom. Alternatively, you can call us on 0121 236 2634, email us at Contactus@Protocolgroup.co.uk, or leave a review on Facebook or Google.

An Apprenticeship is a full-time job with added training and assessment. As a result, you would be gaining work experience while earning a wage and achieving a qualification. Apprenticeships are an excellent way to gain practical experience, skills, and knowledge.

Apprenticeships teach you the theoretical aspect of the industry you’re working in. This is in addition to the practical experience you can only gain from working on the job.

The minimum wage for an apprentice is £4.15 an hour, as set by the Government, and increases yearly. This only applies if you are under 19 or in the first year of an apprenticeship. As a result, once the first year has finished, you will be paid the minimum wage for your age group. Also, if you choose to do another apprenticeship, you won’t be required to return to the apprenticeship wage.

Apprenticeship entry requirements differ from placement to placement. The first thing to establish is the knowledge and skills you currently have. The industry you would like to work in is also noted, but the placements you can apply for may differ from what you are looking for long term.

Other than that, Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, currently living in England. Recent laws have altered the Maths and English requirement for anyone with learning difficulties or disabilities. Meaning, you are supported regardless by Protocol and the wide range of businesses we work with.

A full-time apprentice will work anywhere between 30 to 40 hours a week, depending on their role within a business. Government regulations are currently in effect to protect young workers under the age of 18 from overworking, which also applies to apprentices. These include:

  • Apprentices can not work more than 40 hours a week.
  • Each working day must not last more than 8 hours.
  • Lunch breaks range from 30 minutes to an hour.
  • The employer must give the learner at least 12 hours off between each shift.
  • And at least 24 hours clear from working each week.

The minimum age for a learner applying for an apprenticeship placement is 16, with no maximum age limit.

Once you have completed your degree, you can still apply for an Apprenticeship. But, it can not be within the same industry as your previous qualification. Due to the duplication of units, we would be unable to offer you an Apprenticeship and, in addition to that, you would not be eligible for government funding.

Our staff have many years of experience in their fields and have achieved all the qualifications they teach and assess. The educators will deliver face-to-face training to improve job-specific skills and tailored to a specific business’s needs.

Through on and off-site training, learners will work to develop the specific skills needed for success. This includes functional skills in Maths, English, and I.T. On-site resources will also assist learners during their apprenticeship course. Online resources are also provided through Moodle & Mahara to help bring the subject to life.

L2 – Intermediate – 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C

L3 – Advanced – 2 A-Level passes at grade A*-C

L4-7 – Higher – Foundation Degree & above

L6-7 – Degree – Bachelor or Masters Degree

If you don’t have enough or any GCSEs, you can still apply for a level 2 intermediate course. Functional skills training is part of the apprenticeship, so you will be able to achieve those qualifications in addition to everything else.

Yes, of course! All Apprentices are eligible to get an Apprentice NUS extra card, which comes to £11 for an entire year. The NUS Extra Card offers discounts in dozens of shops, restaurants, and entertainment locations, and so it is well worth the £11 price tag!

If you have performed well throughout the Apprenticeship, the vast majority of employers will indeed keep an Apprentice on as a full-time employee. Around 90% of Apprentices stay with their current employer once their course has finished, but it is not guaranteed.

As an Apprentice, you are eligible for a 16-25 railcard (£30 for one year, or £70 for three). This railcard can save you up to a 1/3 off all rail fares, which means big savings when it comes to an Apprentice’s commute! You could also get your first month’s travel for free through Workwise who supply a 4-week travel pass to Apprentices from day 1 of their employment.

Parent FAQs

Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we have received from Parents. These are to help you guide your child, aged 16-18, who may be interested in pursuing one of our training programmes.

A Traineeship is a training programme with work experience focused on giving young people the knowledge and skills employers want. At its core are work preparation training, English and Maths for those who need it, and a work experience placement.

To apply for a traineeship your child must be:

Simply put, yes. Employers are at the very centre of Traineeships, providing your child with all the skills they need to secure a job and succeed in future employment. A wide range of the businesses we work with use Traineeships as part of their recruitment process.

A traineeship isn’t a job, and employers are not required to pay your child for the work placement, but they may get:

  • Expenses for transport
  • Support from the local Jobcentre

 

If you or your child are ever unsure, ask a staff member, and they’ll be happy to provide any further information.

Traineeships are ideal for motivated young people who may lack the skills and experience employers are looking for. If your child has been unsuccessful when applying for Apprenticeships or jobs, then a Traineeship may be just what they need to move forward.

Traineeship programmes are government-funded. Therefore, the cost of the course is given directly to the training providers, meaning that it won’t cost you or your child any money.

The term fully funded means everything is paid for, so you will not need to pay any fees. All our apprenticeship courses are fully funded by the government, allowing us to provide expert advice and a supportive service without any financial risk on your part.

If you are interested in letting us know what your child thought of the services they experienced with Protocol. Visit our contact us page and fill out the form at the bottom. Alternatively, you can call us on 0121 236 2634, email at contactus@protocolgroup.co.uk, or leave a review on Facebook or Google.

Through work experience and improvement of functional skills, a traineeship will place your child in a better position to compete for an apprenticeship or job. Each aspect will allow for improvement to their CV, employability skills, and interview technique.

Once the work placement has ended, they’ll get a job interview with the employer if a role becomes available. At the very least, they will receive a reference to help them find work elsewhere and an exit interview.

An Apprenticeship is a full-time job with added training and assessment. As a result, your child would be gaining work experience while earning a wage and achieving a qualification. Apprenticeships are an excellent way to gain practical experience, skills, and knowledge.

Apprenticeships teach your child the theoretical aspect of the industry they’re working in. This is in addition to the practical experience you can only gain from working on the job.

To apply, your child will need to head over to our vacancies page by Clicking Here, where they’ll find a list of our current apprenticeship and traineeship vacancies.

Alternatively, they can call us on 0121 236 2634, email at Contactus@Protocolgroup.co.uk.

Apprenticeship entry requirements differ from placement to placement. The first thing to establish is the knowledge and skills your child currently has. The industry they would like to work in is also noted, but the placements they can apply for may differ from what they are looking for long term.

Other than that, Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, currently living in England. Recent laws have altered the Maths and English requirement for anyone with learning difficulties or disabilities. Meaning, your child is supported regardless by Protocol and the wide range of businesses we work with.

Our staff have many years of experience in their fields and have achieved all the qualifications they teach and assess. The educators will deliver face-to-face training to improve job-specific skills and tailored to a specific business’s needs.

Through on and off-site training, learners will work to develop the specific skills needed for success. This includes functional skills in Maths, English, and I.T. On-site resources will also assist learners during their apprenticeship course. Online resources are also provided through Moodle & Mahara to help bring the subject to life.

At Protocol, we stress the importance of safeguarding, and all of our staff adhere to the Safeguarding Policies. If your child has any problems at work, they can speak to us at any time, and we will step in. The needs of our learners are of utmost priority so support will be available throughout the entirety of their Apprenticeship or Traineeship.

If your child has performed well throughout the Apprenticeship, the vast majority of employers will indeed keep them on as a full-time employee. Around 90% of Apprentices stay with their current employer once their course has finished, but it is not guaranteed.

Your child can choose to change their mind about an apprenticeship. 1-2-1 meetings will be scheduled throughout to ask your child how they are getting on with the course. If there is anything they are struggling with or if they have decided to go another way, they can let us know. Your child will be expected to work their notice period, just like any other job, and would then be able to go on to study or seek employment elsewhere, with support provided by us every step of the way.

A Traineeship is a training programme with work experience focused on giving young people the knowledge and skills employers want. At its core are work preparation training, English and Maths for those who need it, and a work experience placement.

To apply for a traineeship your child must be:

Simply put, yes. Employers are at the very centre of Traineeships, providing your child with all the skills they need to secure a job and succeed in future employment. A wide range of the businesses we work with use Traineeships as part of their recruitment process.

Traineeships are ideal for motivated young people who may lack the skills and experience employers are looking for. If your child has been unsuccessful when applying for Apprenticeships or jobs, then a Traineeship may be just what they need to move forward.

A traineeship isn’t a job, and employers are not required to pay your child for the work placement, but they may get:

  • Expenses for transport
  • Support from the local Jobcentre

 

If you or your child are ever unsure, ask a staff member, and they’ll be happy to provide any further information.

Traineeship programmes are government-funded. Therefore, the cost of the course is given directly to the training providers, meaning that it won’t cost you or your child any money.

The term fully funded means everything is paid for, so you will not need to pay any fees. All our apprenticeship courses are fully funded by the government, allowing us to provide expert advice and a supportive service without any financial risk on your part.

Through work experience and improvement of functional skills, a traineeship will place your child in a better position to compete for an apprenticeship or job. Each aspect will allow for improvement to their CV, employability skills, and interview technique.

Once the work placement has ended, they’ll get a job interview with the employer if a role becomes available. At the very least, they will receive a reference to help them find work elsewhere and an exit interview.

If you are interested in letting us know what your child thought of the services they experienced with Protocol. Visit our contact us page and fill out the form at the bottom. Alternatively, you can call us on 0121 236 2634, email at contactus@protocolgroup.co.uk, or leave a review on Facebook or Google.

An Apprenticeship is a full-time job with added training and assessment. As a result, your child would be gaining work experience while earning a wage and achieving a qualification. Apprenticeships are an excellent way to gain practical experience, skills, and knowledge.

Apprenticeships teach your child the theoretical aspect of the industry they’re working in. This is in addition to the practical experience you can only gain from working on the job.

Apprenticeship entry requirements differ from placement to placement. The first thing to establish is the knowledge and skills your child currently has. The industry they would like to work in is also noted, but the placements they can apply for may differ from what they are looking for long term.

Other than that, Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, currently living in England. Recent laws have altered the Maths and English requirement for anyone with learning difficulties or disabilities. Meaning, your child is supported regardless by Protocol and the wide range of businesses we work with.

To apply, your child will need to head over to our vacancies page by Clicking Here, where they’ll find a list of our current apprenticeship and traineeship vacancies.

Alternatively, they can call us on 0121 236 2634, email at Contactus@Protocolgroup.co.uk.

Our staff have many years of experience in their fields and have achieved all the qualifications they teach and assess. The educators will deliver face-to-face training to improve job-specific skills and tailored to a specific business’s needs.

Through on and off-site training, learners will work to develop the specific skills needed for success. This includes functional skills in Maths, English, and I.T. On-site resources will also assist learners during their apprenticeship course. Online resources are also provided through Moodle & Mahara to help bring the subject to life.

If your child has performed well throughout the Apprenticeship, the vast majority of employers will indeed keep them on as a full-time employee. Around 90% of Apprentices stay with their current employer once their course has finished, but it is not guaranteed.

At Protocol, we stress the importance of safeguarding, and all of our staff adhere to the Safeguarding Policies. If your child has any problems at work, they can speak to us at any time, and we will step in. The needs of our learners are of utmost priority so support will be available throughout the entirety of their Apprenticeship or Traineeship.

Your child can choose to change their mind about an apprenticeship. 1-2-1 meetings will be scheduled throughout to ask your child how they are getting on with the course. If there is anything they are struggling with or if they have decided to go another way, they can let us know. Your child will be expected to work their notice period, just like any other job, and would then be able to go on to study or seek employment elsewhere, with support provided by us every step of the way.

Employer FAQs

Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we have received from employers. These employers were interested in our training programmes and how they could enhance their current workforce.

A Traineeship is a training programme with work experience focused on giving young people the knowledge and skills employers want. At its core are work preparation training, English and Maths for those who need it, and a work experience placement.

Traineeship programmes are government-funded. Therefore, the cost of the course is given directly to the training providers, meaning that it won’t cost your business any money.

A traineeship isn’t a job, and employers are not required to pay them for the work placement, but they may get:

  • Expenses for transport


  • Support from the local Jobcentre

 

If you are ever unsure, just ask a member of staff, and they’ll be happy to provide any further information.

At PCS, we offer a wide range of training courses to enhance the skills of existing staff within a business. These courses range from Mental Health Training to gaining skills in Microsoft Office. Visit our short courses page to discover the full range of courses that are available to your business.

To apply, you will need to head over to our vacancies page by Clicking Here, where you’ll find a list of our current apprenticeship and traineeship vacancies.

Alternatively, you can call us on 0121 236 2634, email at Contactus@Protocolgroup.co.uk.

Employers taking on a Trainee from the start of September 2020 will qualify for a £1,000 grant.

There is no direct cost to the employer, but we encourage you to cover the cost of the trainee’s travel.

Companies offering a learner a progression onto an apprenticeship will qualify for a grant of up to £2,000. There is potentially a further £1,000 to be claimed depending on the trainee’s age.

Each course is different from business to business. The kind of training programme you are interested in is also a factor. Traineeships, Apprenticeships, and Short Courses will allow you to train your workforce, but each one will take a different amount of time to complete. The level of training also affects how long the course lasts.

Give us a call on 0121 236 2634 or email at contactus@protocolgroup.co.uk, where we will be ready and waiting to help.

Since 1996, we have worked with thousands of businesses to provide a quality service and have proven to be an effective tool for business improvement.

Through our training programmes, we have helped a wide range of businesses, in different fields, excel. This has then resulted in them having plenty to say in their testimonials.

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If you are interested in letting us know what you thought of the services you experienced with Protocol. Visit our contact us page and fill out the form at the bottom. Alternatively, you can call us on 0121 236 2634, email at Contactus@Protocolgroup.co.uk, or leave a review on Facebook or Google.

An Apprenticeship is a full-time job with added training and assessment. As a result, the learner would be gaining work experience while earning a wage and achieving a qualification. Apprenticeships are an excellent way to gain practical experience, skills, and knowledge.

Apprenticeships teach learners the theoretical aspect of the industry they’re working in. This is in addition to the practical experience you can only gain from working on the job.

The minimum wage for an apprentice is £4.15 an hour, as set by the Government, and increases yearly. This only applies if the learner is under 19 or in the first year of an apprenticeship. As a result, once the first year has finished, they will be paid the minimum wage for their age group. Also, if they choose to do another apprenticeship, they won’t be required to return to the apprenticeship wage.

A full-time apprentice will work anywhere between 30 to 40 hours a week, depending on their role within a business. Government regulations are currently in effect to protect young workers under the age of 18 from overworking, which also applies to apprentices. These include:

  • Apprentices can not work more than 40 hours a week.
  • Each working day must not last more than 8 hours.
  • Lunch breaks range from 30 minutes to an hour.
  • The employer must give the learner at least 12 hours off between each shift.
  • And at least 24 hours clear from working each week.

Our staff have many years of experience in their fields and have achieved all the qualifications they teach and assess. The educators will deliver face-to-face training to improve job-specific skills and tailored to a specific business’s needs.

Through on and off-site training, learners will work to develop the specific skills needed for success. This includes functional skills in Maths, English, and I.T. On-site resources will also assist learners during their apprenticeship course. Online resources are also provided through Moodle & Mahara to help bring the subject to life.

L2 – Intermediate – 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C

L3 – Advanced – 2 A-Level passes at grade A*-C

L4-7 – Higher – Foundation Degree & above

L6-7 – Degree – Bachelor or Masters Degree

If a learner doesn’t have enough or any GCSEs, they can still apply for a level 2 intermediate course. Functional skills training is part of the apprenticeship, so they will be able to achieve those qualifications in addition to everything else.

By selecting one of our training courses, you will receive a tailor-made service. As a result, we will screen potential candidates to find the one best suited to the needs of your business.

Adding an apprentice into your workplace allows you to introduce new energy and fresh ideas to the business. These learners will also remain loyal as you have nurtured their professional development since day one.

To find out more about the benefits of hiring an apprentice, please click here.

If you have performed well throughout the Apprenticeship, the vast majority of employers will indeed keep an Apprentice on as a full-time employee. Around 90% of Apprentices stay with their current employer once their course has finished, but it is not guaranteed.

In 2017, an Apprenticeship Levy came into effect, causing large businesses to view Apprenticeships as useful forms of training.

The scheme comes into effect when a business earns an excess of £3 million a year. They are then required to pay 0.5% into a digital fund reserved purely for the training of apprentices within the business.

Employers with a payroll of less than £3 million a year are exempt. From April 2019, at least 95% of the apprenticeship training and assessment costs will be paid for by the government.

Click here to find out more.

Anyone taking on a new apprentice between the start of April and the end of September 2021 will receive an incentive of £4,000. This is in addition to the existing incentives.

This includes £1,000 for any business taking on an apprentice aged 16-18 (or aged 19-24 with an Education Health and Care plan or care leaver).

Businesses with fewer than 50 employees will have 100% of the Apprenticeship cost for apprentices aged 16-18 funded by the Government. There is a 5% co-funding charge for 19+ learners.

A Traineeship is a training programme with work experience focused on giving young people the knowledge and skills employers want. At its core are work preparation training, English and Maths for those who need it, and a work experience placement.

Traineeship programmes are government-funded. Therefore, the cost of the course is given directly to the training providers, meaning that it won’t cost your business any money.

A traineeship isn’t a job, and employers are not required to pay them for the work placement, but they may get:

  • Expenses for transport


  • Support from the local Jobcentre

 

If you are ever unsure, just ask a member of staff, and they’ll be happy to provide any further information.

At PCS, we offer a wide range of training courses to enhance the skills of existing staff within a business. These courses range from Mental Health Training to gaining skills in Microsoft Office. Visit our short courses page to discover the full range of courses that are available to your business.

To apply, you will need to head over to our vacancies page by Clicking Here, where you’ll find a list of our current apprenticeship and traineeship vacancies.

Alternatively, you can call us on 0121 236 2634, email at Contactus@Protocolgroup.co.uk.

Employers taking on a Trainee from the start of September 2020 will qualify for a £1,000 grant.

There is no direct cost to the employer, but we encourage you to cover the cost of the trainee’s travel.

Companies offering a learner a progression onto an apprenticeship will qualify for a grant of up to £2,000. There is potentially a further £1,000 to be claimed depending on the trainee’s age.

Each course is different from business to business. The kind of training programme you are interested in is also a factor. Traineeships, Apprenticeships, and Short Courses will allow you to train your workforce, but each one will take a different amount of time to complete. The level of training also affects how long the course lasts.

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Since 1996, we have worked with thousands of businesses to provide a quality service and have proven to be an effective tool for business improvement.

Through our training programmes, we have helped a wide range of businesses, in different fields, excel. This has then resulted in them having plenty to say in their testimonials.

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An Apprenticeship is a full-time job with added training and assessment. As a result, the learner would be gaining work experience while earning a wage and achieving a qualification. Apprenticeships are an excellent way to gain practical experience, skills, and knowledge.

Apprenticeships teach learners the theoretical aspect of the industry they’re working in. This is in addition to the practical experience you can only gain from working on the job.

The minimum wage for an apprentice is £4.15 an hour, as set by the Government, and increases yearly. This only applies if the learner is under 19 or in the first year of an apprenticeship. As a result, once the first year has finished, they will be paid the minimum wage for their age group. Also, if they choose to do another apprenticeship, they won’t be required to return to the apprenticeship wage.

A full-time apprentice will work anywhere between 30 to 40 hours a week, depending on their role within a business. Government regulations are currently in effect to protect young workers under the age of 18 from overworking, which also applies to apprentices. These include:

  • Apprentices can not work more than 40 hours a week.
  • Each working day must not last more than 8 hours.
  • Lunch breaks range from 30 minutes to an hour.
  • The employer must give the learner at least 12 hours off between each shift.
  • And at least 24 hours clear from working each week.

Our staff have many years of experience in their fields and have achieved all the qualifications they teach and assess. The educators will deliver face-to-face training to improve job-specific skills and tailored to a specific business’s needs.

Through on and off-site training, learners will work to develop the specific skills needed for success. This includes functional skills in Maths, English, and I.T. On-site resources will also assist learners during their apprenticeship course. Online resources are also provided through Moodle & Mahara to help bring the subject to life.

L2 – Intermediate – 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C

L3 – Advanced – 2 A-Level passes at grade A*-C

L4-7 – Higher – Foundation Degree & above

L6-7 – Degree – Bachelor or Masters Degree

If a learner doesn’t have enough or any GCSEs, they can still apply for a level 2 intermediate course. Functional skills training is part of the apprenticeship, so they will be able to achieve those qualifications in addition to everything else.

By selecting one of our training courses, you will receive a tailor-made service. As a result, we will screen potential candidates to find the one best suited to the needs of your business.

Adding an apprentice into your workplace allows you to introduce new energy and fresh ideas to the business. These learners will also remain loyal as you have nurtured their professional development since day one.

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If you have performed well throughout the Apprenticeship, the vast majority of employers will indeed keep an Apprentice on as a full-time employee. Around 90% of Apprentices stay with their current employer once their course has finished, but it is not guaranteed.

In 2017, an Apprenticeship Levy came into effect, causing large businesses to view Apprenticeships as useful forms of training.

The scheme comes into effect when a business earns an excess of £3 million a year. They are then required to pay 0.5% into a digital fund reserved purely for the training of apprentices within the business.

Employers with a payroll of less than £3 million a year are exempt. From April 2019, at least 95% of the apprenticeship training and assessment costs will be paid for by the government.

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Anyone taking on a new apprentice between the start of April and the end of September 2021 will receive an incentive of £4,000. This is in addition to the existing incentives.

This includes £1,000 for any business taking on an apprentice aged 16-18 (or aged 19-24 with an Education Health and Care plan or care leaver).

Businesses with fewer than 50 employees will have 100% of the Apprenticeship cost for apprentices aged 16-18 funded by the Government. There is a 5% co-funding charge for 19+ learners.

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