If you are an employer who hasn’t recruited, employed or trained apprentices before you might be surprised at just how complicated the process can be.
There are more than 500 different types of apprenticeship, a myriad of rules and regulations, and something called ‘funding criteria’. You’ll need ‘fit for purpose’ job descriptions and training plans, and an approved training provider that delivers high quality teaching, learning and assessment.
If you are an employer with an annual salaries bill of £3m or more you’ll pay into the new Apprenticeship Levy. You’ll also want to know how best to recover this. Train your existing staff? Recruit new staff? Or a combination of both?
Our free apprenticeship advisory is designed to help you design and implement a comprehensive apprenticeship plan.Find Out More
In many ways, recruiting an apprentice is no different to recruiting other staff. You want to get the right person into the right job and you want them to succeed. Getting it right makes all the difference. Celebrities like Stella McCartney, John Frieda and Jamie Oliver all started out as apprentices in the fields they’re famous for.
We've recruited more than 5,000 apprentices and offer a comprehensive range of services that make it easy for you to find the right people, at the right time and get them onto the right apprenticeship.
We do it all for you - drafting job descriptions, attracting candidates, skills screening, long-listing and shortlisting, interview scheduling, references and even DBS checks. We’ll also plan your apprentices' training with you.Find Out More
Not sure how to go about employing a new apprentice?
We run a full apprenticeship employment service and can employ apprentices on your behalf using our own bespoke contracts of employment, payroll and human resources management processes. It's a quick and efficient way of getting started and means that we'll take on the key aspects of managing your apprentice and their training whilst you benefit from their work.
We have it all set up already: a bespoke time-sheet-based apprentices’ payroll; specialist apprenticeship contracts of employment; recommended pay rates and incentives, career progression plans.
What's more, because we'll be acting as the legal employer of your apprentice, we take on the role of managing the training providers that deliver your training, leaving you to concentrate on your core business.Find Out More
At the heart of your apprenticeship scheme is staff training.
Done well, apprenticeship training increases the skill levels of your staff so that they can do the things you need them to do better. But finding the right training provider and managing them and your apprentice(s) at the same time takes time, effort and expertise.
We've managed the training of over 5,000 apprentices, taught and accredited by more than 50 training providers, supporting over 100 different types of apprenticeship. If you are employing 5, 10, 20, 40 or even 60 apprentices you'll probably need more than one training provider to cover all the different qualifications that your apprentices will need.
Our apprenticeship training management service will do all of that for you.
Coaching & Support
Your apprentices have a challenging few years ahead of them.
They have to do their job and at the same time complete their training. They'll need to learn new skills, complete a range of assignments and assessments, sit exams, and if they don't have at least GCSEs, they'll have to do English and Maths too. Some of your apprentices might be young people just starting out on their careers. Others may have worked for you for several years and be completing higher level apprenticeships or degree apprenticeships.
We want them to succeed as much as you do. And we know from years of experience (we've been doing this since 2009) that they'll need help and support as they navigate their way through all the things they have to.
Our apprentice coaching team is dedicated to helping them.Find Out More
The Apprenticeship Levy is a new tax that will affect many employers from April 2017. If your annual salaries bill is £3m or more you'll be effected by the Levy and you'll start paying in May 2017.
Our Apprenticeship Levy services are designed to make sure that you are able to fully recover the monies you have paid and maximise additional 'match' funding from central government.
Our objective is to make sure that you fully recover your Levy and train your staff in a meaningful and effective way to the benefit of your organisation. You'll have to pay the Levy anyway - we'll make sure that you recover it and that you benefit from it.Find Out More
“From the moment LAC sourced and tailored the apprentice to suit the needs of our business through to the ultimate graduation and full time hiring of them, LAC have supported each part of the program at all key stages of their development. The mix of a broad yet detailed academic approach they take coupled with the learning in the real business environment is one of the most effective ways to grow young people within any industry.”
“We had a very positive experience working with The London Apprenticeship Company. From the outset we were provided with clear information and the support we received from the team was excellent. We found they had a wide range of well prepared and eager candidates and ultimately we found an apprentice who suited our needs very well. We are happy to report our apprentice has grown to be an integral part of business.”
“Our experience of LAC has been that they are professional, helpful and under-standing. We had never taken on an Apprentice before, Leo was our first, we needed extra staff and an Apprentice was a logical choice. We are delighted with our Apprentice and how things have turned out and taking on an apprentice again is something we will endeavour to do in the future”
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“Jade is great. She is an asset to the team. I’m glad we have her until she goes onto university and we wish her every success with her studies next year and her future career. I wish she wanted to pursue a career in Finance as she has just been brilliant, but I am sure the skills she has gained here will transfer over to any career she chooses... that’s the great thing about an apprenticeship. Ultimately, employers like experience, the apprenticeship gives young people a real opportunity to compete with more mature and experienced candidates because it gives them transferable skills....I think what also makes it work for the employer is LAC’s Apprentice Coordinators. Vanessa, Jade’s Apprentice Coordinator has been really helpful and has always been on hand whenever Jade needed advice, lessening any perceived “burden” on the employer.”
“Toby has made exceptional progress here at Printing.com Winchester and has definitely grown in confidence. Toby is always looking to learn new things. He has certainly fit into the company well, and I believe he has an exciting future ahead of him. I am happy that we have been able to help him on his way by taking him on as our apprentice.”