What are the benefits of hiring an Apprentice in your business?
An Apprenticeship is a fantastic way for someone to learn whilst they are working and although Apprenticeships are often seen as the middle ground between education and employment, as long as you are aged over 16 you can complete an Apprenticeship at any age. Learners will gain an education whilst being in the workplace, developing skills and knowledge to either succeed in their career or perhaps progress onto the next Apprenticeship level.
Whilst this is brilliant for the Apprentice, how does this benefit you, the employer? What are you getting out of hiring an Apprentice?
The minimum wage for an Apprentice is currently £3.70 per hour, meaning that they are a lesser expense than other members of the workforce. The reason for this lower income is due to the fact that companies are expected to train their Apprentices and give them an education that they would otherwise not receive. You will be training your Apprentice to help them with the completion of their course and aid them in transferring these skills to the workplace.
Bridge the skills gap
Hiring a young Apprentice, especially those who have recently finished school, can mean more time and training is needed as typically the Apprenticeship can be their first taste of a ‘proper’ job. However, you can certainly expect them to be adept at certain skills that perhaps your more experienced workforce aren’t as educated in.
An example of this is the fact that the younger generation have grown up surrounded not only by computers but also social media. As a society, we are moving away from paper-based work and so those who have the ability to use these electronic resources are likely to be the ones that succeed. The younger generation are typically more enthusiastic about their work as well, so they are likely to pick up new skills quickly. Hiring an Apprentice could be the answer to filling in skill gaps found in your business not just through what you can teach them, but through what they can teach you.
Flexibility for existing employees
Apprentices can go into their new roles with little knowledge of the industry they’re working in. Because of this, it can be a great opportunity to set them tasks that help free up other members of staff to focus on the more demanding areas of their jobs. Tasks such as filing and dealing with paperwork are just a few of the typical duties that an Apprentice will undertake. Because of this, when they progress in their job role, they will have a greater all round understanding of how the industry works and why certain tasks are performed. Essentially, they will be starting at the bottom in order to work their way up.
As mentioned, due to Apprentices being tasked with jobs such as these, it gives other members of your workforce the opportunity to focus on tasks that an Apprentice is perhaps not qualified to carry out. This in turn creates a greater workflow for the business.
High unemployment rates are a problem in modern society. With many people fresh out of education (school, college or university) unable to secure a job due to having no previous experience, many employers are not able to offer them the opportunity to gain this experience. To a graduate this can seem like a never ending circle.
Enter Apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are offering learners the opportunity to work and earn money whilst at the same time gaining an education. Due to the comparatively low cost of hiring an Apprentice compared to an experienced member of the workforce, there is less of a risk involved, with potentially an even bigger reward.
Because you are investing in an Apprentice, they will likely be more inclined to stay committed to your company. If you take the time to train them and give them skills that will aid them in their future working life, they are likely to return the favour and dedicate themselves to you for the foreseeable future.
Apprentices are a huge asset to any company. They are enthusiastic to complete any job asked of them, and typically have skills that you would not otherwise have in your existing workforce. Not only that, but they are typically more economical to hire, and can free up work for other employees. For more information please contact a member of our team for an informal chat.
Embracing the Change
Here at Riverside Training we are embracing the change and leading the way for End-point assessment. Our new apprentices are now fully fledged onto our Apprenticeship Standards on a wide range of qualifications with fantastic results, we are very proud to announce that two out of the three achievers gained a Distinction Grade.
We deliver a broad range of Standards to meet our customers’ needs and expectations and a few of the excellent courses we deliver are Customer Service Practitioner, Team Leader Supervisor, Business Administration, Associate Project Manager and Operational Departmental Manager.
Our highly qualified Team of Assessors are fully operational with the new standards. The new on-programme assessment will be focused on the learning and development of the learner to meet all KSB (knowledge, skills and behaviours) to pass them through to Gateway and complete their final preparation for end-point assessment.
“What is Gateway?”
Gateway is where the Apprentice is signed-off by their Employer and/or Trainer having met all KSB’s and is ready for the final stage – EPA. Every new apprenticeship standard has a specific set of requirements which will be met before they can attempt end-point assessment.
Here are two examples of the new Standards we deliver; the requirements for Gateway and the EPA weighting:
- Customer Service Practitioner (link to Pearson Level 2 End-point Assessment for Customer Service Practitioner)
Summative portfolio in which the Apprentices will demonstrate how they have applied and used the KSB’ to the required standards in their everyday working practice;
Assess the Apprentice’s ability to use a range of interpersonal and communication skills and behaviours to manage their customer’s needs and expectations;
Planned structured discussion between the Apprentice and the independent end-point assessor to assess the apprentice’s knowledge and understanding of specific areas of the standard and their ability to apply this in their workplace.
Pass – to gain a pass the Apprentice must achieve all the pass grade criteria across all three end-point assessment components.
Distinction – in addition to the pass grade requirements the Apprentice must achieve;
- 7 out of 10 (70%) of the Distinction grade criteria within the Apprenticeship Showcase;
- 4 out of 5 (80%) of the Distinction criteria with the Practical Observation assessment;
- 3 out of 4 (75%) of the Distinction criteria within the Professional Discussion Assessment.
- Team Leader Supervisor (link Pearson Apprenticeship End-point Assessment for Team Leader Supervisor)
Multiple choice test – 45 minutes – component overall grade 30%;
Portfolio of evidence – evidence is generated over the course of the Apprenticeship – component overall grade 20%;
Competency based interview – duration up to 1.5 hours – component overall grade 20%;
Professional discussion – duration up to 45 minutes – component overall grade 20%.
The grade the Apprentice will achieve for the end-point assessment is based on the combined achievement of the specified assessment criteria for all of the four components.
End-point assessment grade Grade requirements
Pass To achieve a Pass, the Apprentice must achieve a minimum of 50% of the available marks in each of the four assessment components.
Range of 50 – 59 marks in total
Merit To achieve a Pass, the Apprentice must achieve a minimum of 50% of the available marks in each of the four assessment components.
Range of 60 – 69 marks in total
Distinction To achieve a Pass, the Apprentice must achieve a minimum of 50% of the available marks in each of the four assessment components.
Minimum of 70 marks in total
15 marks in the multiple choice test
10 marks in the portfolio of evidence
15 marks in the competency-based interview
10 marks in the professional discussion
This is an exciting time for us all at Riverside we are enjoying working closely with our Apprentice’s and employers to deliver quality Standards to meet the needs of their business and development of their workforce.