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Making sure the right course for you is the right fit for life

With thousands of opportunities available, tracking down a great apprenticeship that offers both high-quality training and excellent working conditions can be a daunting experience. Half of the apprenticeships graded by Ofsted in 2016 were found to be good or outstanding. But the other half required improvement or were inadequate. So how do you make sure an apprenticeship scheme will give your career prospects a boost, provide a decent living for a year or two, and be a positive overall experience?

Young apprentices will typically live at home so you’ll want to track down local opportunities – and different areas tend to specialise in different sectors. Manufacturing and engineering, for example, will be more abundant in the Midlands, whereas London will have more places in banking, accountancy and media. Sue Richardson of Hygiene Sue wants to change that “ Manufacturing isn’t just about hard hats and metalwork” she says “In Kent and East Sussex we have a very large food manufacturing industry – its why we are the garden of England. Apprenticeships are available for all types of manufacturing and we can help”

Richard Marsh, apprenticeship partnerships director and Sue Richardson are in agreement “ Those young people without a clear career ambition should ask a training provider or further education college about the apprenticeship opportunities on offer.

It is important to find out from an employer what percentage of participants starting a scheme actually complete their apprenticeship. “People don’t usually fail an apprenticeship, but they may drop out,” says Marsh. “The record of completion tells you if people have remained motivated, encouraged and supported throughout the programme.”

There are plenty of excellent apprenticeships on offer. The time you put in to finding the right course will help you make the best of this learning opportunity – rather than ending up on an unsuitable apprenticeship and crashing out after a few months.

Sue continues ‘At Hygiene Sue we can support you beginning to end and ensure your chosen apprenticeship is the right course of action for you. Every person is different and we like to tailor peoples needs to the right career path.’

However, not all employers share Sues enthusiasm. Some feel the new levy brought in May 2017 is simply another burden on top of business rates bills, auto-enrollment pensions and rising minimum wage rates. The idea of the levy is to force employers to take training more seriously in return for government help with funding. Employers put money into their levy pot and can draw it down, along with a 10% top-up from the government, to pay for apprenticeship training. However, this 10% will be lost in April if businesses don’t take advantage of it. Sue explains ‘Apprenticeships take as much as two months to set up so businesses need to start looking now if they hope to keep the money allocated to them

For more information contact Sue on 01892 524957 or email theteam@hygienesue.co.uk

The Apprenticeship Levy - May 1st

The UK Government’s Apprenticeship Levy comes into place on the 1st May. The funding will support people of all ages to gain high-quality skills and experience and help employers to offer more training opportunities and build a skilled workforce. Everyone will be affected by Apprenticeship Levy.

The Apprenticeship Levy is divided into two categories:

        will have 90% of the costs of training paid for by the Government

       The levy will be charged at 0.5% of your annual payroll. You will have a levy

       allowance of £15,000 per year to offset against  the levy you must pay.