Traineeships are an opportunity for young people and employers to undertake and offer high quality work experience, together with training in employability skills and maths and English qualifications.Runway Training provide traineeships to young people to help them gain sustainable employment and skills and to help businesses find suitable employees.
Traineeships are a scheme funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Traineeships aim to help young people find work by offering 16-24 year olds in England work experience and training. Employers such as HSBC, BT, General Motors and Virgin Media are amongst the bigger companies which offer work placements but it is open to any business of any size.
Trying to find a job or an apprenticeship but held back by your lack of work experience? Not sure what you want to do? If you are aged 16-24, not currently in a job and have little work experience, then a traineeship could be right for you.
A traineeship will provide you with work preparation training, maths and English qualifications and a high quality work placement. The duration of a traineeship will be a maximum of 6 months, including a work placement lasting between 6 weeks and 5 months.
At the end of the traineeship you will receive a formal reference from the employer where you undertook the work placement, together with certified qualifications in Level 2 Employability Skills and maths and English qualifications if appropriate.
You will be offered 2 days of work experience each week and 1 day of training consisting of small groups focussing on Employability Skills, CV writing, Interview Skills and maths and English.
The completed traineeship can be used as a route into sustained employment, progression onto an Apprenticeship programme or further learning.
Looking to take on an apprentice or a new member of staff but not sure where to start? As an employer, you could provide traineeships to 16-24 year olds. The idea behind the scheme is to provide a bridge that prepares young people for Apprenticeships or suitable employment with a focus on progression rather than an end destination.
If a young person taking part in the scheme were to show potential in becoming a productive team member, you would be encouraged to support them in applying for an apprenticeship or other suitable vacancy.
Trainees will do two days a week work experience each week and 1 day of training consisting of small groups focussing on Employability Skills, CV writing, Interview Skills and maths and English where appropriate. The duration of the work placement for a traineeship will be a between 6 weeks and 5 months.
The employer is not required to pay the trainee for the work placement as traineeships fall under an exemption to the minimum wage. You would however be encouraged, but not required, to consider providing trainees with support for their travel and meal costs.
Runway Training work closely with our employers and trainees to ensure the trainee and work placement are matched effectively to create a mutually beneficial opportunity. We will work collaboratively in planning and delivering a bespoke learning and training programme.
The Apprenticeship Levy has been introduced to help support the large scale investment into apprenticeships in England. As a high quality provider of apprenticeships, Runway Training works with levy payers across Kent and the wider South East to ensure they maximise their funds.
The Levy provides a fantastic opportunity for employers to invest in staff training and develop the skills needed to drive business performance. A lack of understanding often prevents businesses from embracing apprenticeship training, however levy funding can be used to train employees in everything from customer service through to management, financial skills and digital marketing.
If you are in scope of the Apprenticeship Levy, or just want to find out some more information about how it works and what apprenticeships are available. Please call 01732 402 402 and speak to our apprenticeship team today.
How does it work?
From the 6th of April 2017 all employers with a pay bill that is over £3 million will be required to pay the apprenticeship levy.
How is it calculated and are there any allowances?
The levy is your total pay bill above £3 million multiplied by 0.5%, however there is also an allowance of £15,000.00 available.
Can you show some worked examples?
(a) 150 employees x £20,000 each gross salary = £3,000,000
0.5% x £3,000,000 = £15,000
£15,000 – £15,000 (Allowance) = £0
(b) 50 x employees x £75,000 (each gross salary) = £3,750,000
0.5% x £3,750,000 = £18,750
£18,750 – £15,000 Allowance = £3,750
How is the money collected?
The money is collected monthly and is taken by HMRC. These funds are then placed into an online account which is accessible via the apprenticeship service.
Are there any top-ups?
Yes, the government will top your account up with 10% each month. This means that you will have 10% extra available each year to spend on apprenticeship training and it will show in your account each month.
How do I access the funds?
Firstly you will need to register an account on to the apprenticeship service and from there you can access your funds, plan apprenticeship training and link to training providers.
Is it easy to register?
Registration is very straight forward and we have produced a short guide which we can send to you.
What can the levy be spent on?
The levy can be spent on apprenticeship training which comprises of frameworks and standards. These qualifications can be used to train new recruits or existing staff and cover a wide range of sectors and industries. If you are unsure as to the right qualification for yourself or a staff member, we can guide you through and send you the appropriate information.
What help can Runway Training provide with the Apprenticeship Levy?
Our dedicated apprenticeship team will help:
The scheme was launched in August 2013 following complaints from business leaders about a skills deficit amongst young people. The scheme provides young people with real job experience as well as the support and training, including Functional and Employability Skills.
Furthermore the scheme helps to bring out the talents of our young people and enables employers to seek out high quality apprentices, in turn enabling them to create more competitive and sought-after apprenticeship opportunities in the future.
We have a wide range of apprenticeship and traineeship vacancies. If you would like to find out more about what we currently have available please get in touch.