Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions2019-06-19T11:17:15+00:00
How long is the Apprenticeship programme?2019-01-03T14:18:32+00:00

12-24 Months dependent on programme

How often will I see my Assessors?2018-08-15T17:21:38+00:00

On average once a month

How long will the visits be?2018-08-15T18:09:48+00:00

Each Apprentice will undertake 4 hours of work with their Assessor per visit. 1 hour per month of practical, on the job assessment, 1 hour for knowledge development plus up to 2 hours for Functional Skills development and testing.

Will there be any classroom based learning?2018-08-15T18:10:22+00:00

Yes, including Functional Skills and mock exams/multiple choice tests, plus Knowledge classes.

Will there be a lot of homework?2019-01-03T14:21:22+00:00

There is minimal homework as this is a work based qualification, so mostly completed in the workplace. However, learners may be required to do 1-2 hours of homework per month depending on the qualification.

Will there be a lot of written work?2019-01-03T14:20:40+00:00

Most of the practical observations are video or voice recorded, however, this depends on the qualification being carried out as there may be some written work plus mock tests ready for End Point Assessment.

Is help and learning support available for those who need it?2018-08-15T18:11:31+00:00

Yes – we ask each apprentice to undertake initial assessments before they start their Apprenticeship so that help can be provided as required.

Are assessment visits planned in advance?2018-08-15T18:11:48+00:00

All assessment/learning visits are pre planned

Who will support the Apprentice in the workplace?2018-08-15T18:12:07+00:00

The employer must identify a Learning Mentor for the Apprentices, to support them through their qualifications.

Who is the Apprenticeship programme for?2018-08-15T18:12:26+00:00

The Apprenticeship programme is available to new and existing employees. If an existing employee, they can only complete an Apprenticeship if they are working towards a new job role or there are significant new skills to be learnt.

What level Qualifications are available to employees?2018-08-15T18:12:46+00:00

Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeships are available, with a progression route for all learners.

What is included in an Apprenticeship programme?2018-08-15T18:13:06+00:00

Practical Skills development, Knowledge classes, Off the Job Learning and Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT (for some Apprenticeships).

How are Functional Skills delivered in the workplace?2018-08-15T18:13:29+00:00

There is a range of delivery models available for Functional Skills, planned to suit your business needs. It may be delivered in groups as a 2 hour class each month or as blocks of learning e.g. 2 x 2 days of classroom learning.

Who is eligible to apply for the Apprenticeship programme?2018-08-15T18:13:48+00:00

Any employee who meets the eligibility criteria. (Self Employed people are not eligible).

Can an Apprentice be exempt from completing Functional Skills?2018-08-15T18:14:12+00:00

Yes – If they have GCSE 9-4 grades or grade A-C this exempts them, or if they have previously completed Functional Skills. A copy of their certificate is required.

Can an employee do more than one Apprenticeship at a time or units from another qualification?2018-08-15T18:14:39+00:00

It is only possible to do one qualification at a time.

Can the employer choose the content of the qualification?2018-08-15T18:15:00+00:00

No- The Apprenticeship Standards have been set and Apprentices will work towards the learning outcomes accordingly.

Are there other qualifications available after the Level 2 Apprenticeship is completed?2018-08-15T18:15:25+00:00

There is a progression route of learning for all employees. A range of qualifications are available, please ask for details.

Does the learner get a certificate at the end of the Apprenticeship?2018-08-15T18:15:44+00:00

Yes – they will receive an Apprenticeship Certificate and a certificate for Functional Skills in Maths and or English and or ICT.

How will managers know how the Apprentice is progressing?2019-07-09T15:47:06+00:00

Betaris will ask managers to attend a progress review meeting every 10 weeks to discuss and record learner progress.

Can an employee who works part time enrol onto the Apprenticeship programme?2018-08-15T18:16:20+00:00

As long as they work more than 16 hours a week. The duration of the Apprenticeship will be extended.

What are the benefits of doing the Apprenticeship programme for an existing employee who is already doing the job?2018-08-15T18:16:40+00:00

The aim of the Apprenticeship programme is to develop the workforce and equip them with nationally recognised qualifications. It is also a valuable way to give employees recognition for the work that they do.

Does the Company have to pay into the Apprenticeship Levy?2019-01-03T14:22:03+00:00

All UK businesses that have an annual pay bill in excess of £3 million will have to pay 0.5% of their bill as an additional tax through PAYE

Will the Company have to pay the Levy if we have no Apprentices?2018-08-15T18:17:37+00:00

All UK employers who have an annual pay bill in excess of £3 million will be liable to pay the levy, regardless of whether they currently employ apprentices or not.

What is the Levy used for and how do I use it?2019-07-09T15:46:57+00:00

You will have a digital account on a new online portal at the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS). Each time the employer pays the apprenticeship levy, their account will be credited with the amount paid.

Employers will then be able to exchange funds in their account for vouchers that can be used to invest in apprenticeship training by a provider of their choice.

Funds within the account that are unused for a period longer than 24 months will be removed from the digital account.

What happens if I want to spend more on Apprenticeships than I have in my Company account?2018-08-15T18:18:18+00:00

Once all of your digital vouchers have been spent, you can still take on extra apprentices. The government will fund 90% of the cost of the apprentice, you will have to contribute just 10%.

What if my business is not subject to the apprenticeship levy?2018-08-15T18:18:39+00:00

If you have an annual pay bill of less than £3 million, you will not be liable to pay the apprenticeship levy.

Non-levy payers who wish to invest in apprenticeship training and assessment should liaise directly with Betaris Training. The government will pay 90% of the total training costs, and the employer will pay the remaining 10% directly to the training provider, Betaris Training Ltd.

Small Employers (50 employees or less) will not have to contribute to the apprenticeship levy, and will receive 100% funding from the government towards training costs if aged 16-18.

Is there an age limit for an apprentice?2018-08-15T18:19:01+00:00

No. The minimum age is 16, but no maximum age.

Is there a government incentive for employers?2018-08-15T18:19:19+00:00

You can apply for the government incentive, which is £1000 cash back. This is available for 16-18 year olds/ apprentices only.

What is 20% off-the-job training?2019-07-09T15:47:18+00:00

Each Apprentice is required to have at least 20% off-the-job training as one of the core principles that underpins a quality apprenticeship. Off the job training must be taken during employed time, be recorded by the employer and is part of normal audit arrangements.

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