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Thinking about employing an Apprentice?

Employing a school leaver can be a very rewarding thing to do, not just for your business, but also for your social contribution! That said, employing a school leaver shouldn’t be rushed into. Think about the role, about who will mentor the young person and the little extra work needed in the early stages of their employment. The College or Training Provider that delivers the apprenticeship will be on hand to offer support around the vocational training aspects and the functional skills (Maths and English), that are included in the delivery. But your input will be crucial.

Recruitment of any kind is a process that needs close attention. The Big Academy are unlike any other apprenticeship providers, we do not deliver the training, we are a specialist recruiter. When you register with The Big Academy, you will be assigned an account manager, they will help you build a strong profile on our web platform, so your vacancies will be enhanced by your corporate image. We can link your social media to your profile and nob seekers and careers experts will be able to understand your culture, which is vital to good recruitment.

We have a growing database of young people who are looking for opportunities to earn whilst the learn but we will also share your vacancies with job boards and aggregator sites. As the applications come in your account manager will pre-select the candidates that fit your culture, job role and size of team. the short listed candidates can be sent to your business for interview, or you may wish to Skype with them first. However you want to select your new team member, we are here to support you.

Once you have made your choice and a job offer has been made, one of our approved training providers will be appointed to deliver the apprenticeship. Your account manager will be there after the apprentice has started to ensure all parties are happy. We will continue to work with your new apprentice to make sure they are managing their money and enjoying being your latest recruit.


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    How much does this full service cost?

    Not a penny! We get paid by the provider who completes the apprenticeship, this enables you to get the closest attention and no budgets will be effected. The Government has changed the way apprenticeships are funding, so our service is free but there may be fee’s payable once you engage the provider. However, if you employ less than 50 staff there will be no fee’s around delivery. If you employ more than 50 staff there may be a contribution of around 10% of the cost of the programme (The Government pays 90%). If you are a levy payer you can spend your digital vouchers.

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    What next?

    Follow the link below and register your companies basic details, we will then finish your profile, or you may want to complete it yourself! Tell us your vacancy details and we will do the rest

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    How long will it take to fill my vacancy?

    On average you will start getting applicants within 24 hours of posting a job with us, we would expect that you should be making a job offer with three weeks

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    I have multiple sites, where are you based?

    We have recruiters based in Leeds and London, but we have a National presence because we are a web based recruiter in the main, we can deal with your needs throughout the UK (Funding for apprenticeships is different in Scotland and Wales, but we can still help you)

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    What level of Apprenticeship’s available?

    Employers should be clear about what level of Apprenticeship is being offered and the prospects of progression that may be available. There are three levels of Apprenticeship available for those aged 16 and over:

    Intermediate Apprenticeships

    An Intermediate Apprenticeship is equivalent to five good GCSE passes. Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 2, Key Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification such as a BTEC. These provide the skills required for the apprentice’s chosen career and allow entry to an Advanced Apprenticeship.

    Advanced Apprenticeships

    An Advanced Apprenticeship is equivalent to two A-level passes. Advanced apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 3, Key Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based certificate such as a BTEC. To start this programme, the applicant should ideally have five GCSEs at grade C or above or have completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship.

    Higher Apprenticeships

    Higher apprentices work towards workbased learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 4 and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation degree. New Higher Apprenticeship frameworks are being developed as part of the Higher Apprenticeship Development Fund and will be available from 2012/13. Apprentices can also progress to higher education, including university degrees.

    Levels of

    Level 2 (Intermediate Apprenticeships) can include:

    • GCSEs grades A*–C
    • BTEC First Diplomas and Certificates
    • OCR Nationals
    • Key Skills Level 2
    • NVQs at Level 2

    Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeships) can include:

    • A Levels
    • Advanced Extension Awards
    • GCE in applied subjects
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Key Skills Level 3
    • NVQs at Level 3
    • BTEC Diplomas, Certificates and Awards
    • BTEC Nationals
    • OCR Nationals

    Level 4+ (Higher Apprenticeships) can include:

    • NVQs at Level 4
    • BTEC Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards
    • Foundation Degrees
    • Honours Degrees and more
    Source: Unionlearn with the TUC