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Apprenticeships are not just for school leavers and young people; there is no upper age limit and if you’re over 16, living in England and not in full-time education then you’re eligible to become an apprentice. 
An Apprenticeship is a job with training. 
The training should provide new skills and not just validate existing skills. It seeks to progress and build Apprentices overall skill level. 
Some training must take place ‘off the job’. The amount of off the job training has been set at 20% of the time that the apprentice works. 
Apprentices must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week. 
Apprenticeships are available for people at a range of skills levels, from Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) to Degree and Masters Level (level 7). 


Apprentices can give your business a competitive edge. Whether you are looking to train existing employees or employ a new Apprentice to join your workforce, our free advice and recruitment service can help find the right person for your organisation. 
Ensuring staff have the skills, qualifications and knowledge they need to achieve and remain at the top of their game is crucial.  
Frameworks are primarily qualification focused, for example NVQ qualifications 
Frameworks consist of: Main aim qualification, Employment Rights & Responsibilities Functional skills in Maths, English, and/or ICT 
There are no end point assessments. 


A standard contains the skills, knowledge and behaviours an apprentice will need to have learnt by the end of their apprenticeship. 
Standards are occupation focused, rather than delivered through a main qualification.  
The apprentice is assessed at the end through an end point assessment, demonstrating they have the required skills, knowledge and understating to excel  
in their role. 
End Point Assessments 
Could include a project, professional discussion, knowledge test, presentation, portfolio, interview or any combination of these. 


The Apprenticeship Levy was introduced in 2017, and has changed the way apprenticeships are funded. 
Companies that have a payroll of over £3 million a year, now pay a levy tax. They are classed as “Levy Paying Employers”.  
Anyone below this payroll bill is classed as “Non-levy Employers”


As a non-levy paying employer you pay for apprenticeships through a subsidised formula of 9:1. The government pay 90% of the cost and the employer pays 10%. 
If you employ less than 50 employees and employ an apprentice aged 16-18 years old (or aged 19-24 yrs on an Education/Health Care Plan, or have previously left care) you are not required to pay the 10% fee.  
In addition to this you also receive a £1000 incentive payment. If the employer has over 50 employees and employs a 16-18 year old apprentice (or aged 19 to 24 years on an Education / Health Care Plan, or have previously left care) they must pay the 10% fee but will still receive the £1000 incentive. 
Onside Education can deliver apprenticeships to both Levy and non-levy paying Employers. 


Level 2 Apprenticeships: 
Do not have any entry requirements, however if you already hold English and Maths GCSE’s at grade A-C or Functional Skills level 2, you will be exempt from these. 
Level 3 Apprenticeships: 
Require you to hold a relevant Level 2 Qualification within that sector and if you already hold your English and Maths GCSE’s at grade A-C or functional skills level 2, you will be exempt from these. 


  If you require further information on any of our apprenticeships...   

Onside Education Team  
T: 01257 278 131 
E: info@onsideedu.co.uk 

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