First Kare Academy can help source of your future talent, with trainees and apprentices ready to start work within your business. Our training is the highest standards and we tailor our courses to fit your business, so your Apprentices will never be learning skills that aren’t applicable to their job.
We work with the brightest and most enthusiastic youngsters who are hoping to step into their world of work and who have abilities, new thoughts, advancement and excitement to offer.
First Kare Academy is currently working on a number of apprenticeship projects involving the delivery of standards and frameworks based upon the new funding models proposed. We are uniquely positioned to be able to support employers in the development of their Apprenticeship strategy.
At First Kare Academy we have training programmes for the workforce and offer advice and support on the best strategy for workforce development.
Our services include:
We can provide a full consultation service to identify your training requirements and determine the best way to address them.
We can work with you to up-skill your current workforce to ensure they have the practical skills and qualifications your organisation needs now and in the future.
We can take away the problem, and significant expenses, related with enlisting a new member staff into your organisation. Like a recruitment agency we look for, screen and select appropriate candidates for your vacancy, unlike a recruitment agency we won’t charge you for this service! You will be given a choice of candidates and will have the chance to meet every individual who meets the criteria for your vacancy. You are under no commitment to enroll an Apprentice, nonetheless, in the event that you choose to fill your opportunity with one of our candidates, we will be close by to keep on offering them our help and direction to build up their abilities and skills through our Apprenticeship program.
Throughout any Apprenticeship you undertake with First Kare Academy either with a newly recruited member of staff, or an existing member of your workforce, we will provide you with:
- Personalised support for you and the Apprentice.
- Fully qualified staff and assessors.
- On-the-job assessments.
- Nationally recognized training qualifications.
For further information and to discuss your needs please contact us.
Research shows that over 96% of employers believe that an Apprentice has benefited their business in one way or another and the average Apprenticeship improves productivity by £214 a week.
First Kare Academy will take the time to get to know you and your business needs to ensure that we place the right candidate for your business and that we can tailor our training programmes to your needs. We are at hand through every step of the way to help with any issues or queries you may have.
Here are some key benefits of hiring an Apprentice:
- Positive return on investment – from higher productivity, quality of work, staff retention and employee satisfaction.
- Increased competitiveness – resulting from a highly skilled workforce.
- Higher quality of work – from day one Apprentices are given the tools to do their job and their quality of work is monitored and assessed.
- Reduced costs – usually businesses find costs are reduced by improved productivity, government funding and less waste.
- Improved recruitment – businesses need new talent to ensure they are able to deliver their strategic business objectives. By offering Apprenticeships they find it easier to recruit able new staff.
- Increased staff retention – Apprenticeship programmes reduce external recruitment costs as a result of high retention rates. This gives businesses a competitive advantage in a tight labor market by reducing training and recruitment costs
For further information and to discuss your benefits please contact us.
Apprentices can offer huge benefits to employers including higher productivity, quality of work, staff retention and employee satisfaction and reduced costs, but it does not come without some commitment from the employer. First Kare Academy can assist with advising you on how to get the most out of your apprentice.
In summary, in taking on an apprentice, your commitment will be:
- Give your Apprentice an induction into their job role and provide on-the-job training.
- Pay your Apprentice’s wages (wages should reflect the Apprentice’s skills, experience, ability and the ‘going rate’ for the job role).
- Give your Apprentice time and support to achieve their qualification. (Off the job training)
- Adhere to Health and Safety regulations and hold a current employers liability insurance document.
- Allow Trainers/Assessor on-site in your organization to assess your Apprentice.
- Keep in mind if your employee’s don’t have the correct aptitudes for the future, at that point neither does your business!
- Levy Service
If you’re an employer with a pay bill over £3m each year, you must pay the apprenticeship levy from 6 April 2017. It will be payable by employers in the UK at the rate of 0.5% of the payroll cost through PAYE alongside Income Tax and National Insurance.
The levy will not affect the way you fund training for apprentices who started an apprenticeship programme before 1 May 2017. You’ll need to carry on funding training for these apprentices under the terms and conditions that were in place at the time the apprenticeship started.
Employers who aren’t connected to another company or charity will have an Apprenticeship Levy allowance of £15,000 each year.
The allowance reduces the amount of Apprenticeship Levy you have to pay by £15,000 across the year. This means that only employers with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million will pay the levy.
First Kare Academy can support you through our Apprenticeship Levy Service in the following areas:
We will provide your business with a free of charge Project Manager to help you manage, implement and maximise your Apprenticeship Levy. They will help you assess the learning opportunities within your business and advise you on how best to maximise your Levy return on investment. Our Project Manager will also manage on your behalf, other providers you wish to work with, who have specific delivery capabilities.
REGULAR LEVY UPDATES
You will receive regular updates regarding the sector and any legislation or Levy issues that may impact on your business. You will receive email updates on a regular basis as well as constant communications from your Project Manager.
LEARNER MANAGEMENT PLATFORM
A free of charge learner management platform will be available to you to track the progress of all of your Apprentices. This IT-based management information platform has been specifically created for you to track how your staff is progressing with their training.
We have proven success with our Apprenticeship delivery. We deliver the highest quality training and assessment so you can rest assured that you and your employees will receive the highest standard of education and apprenticeship support.
COMPLIMENTARY RECRUITMENT SERVICES
We will utilize our vast expertise and experience of the recruitment industry to provide you with a whole business recruitment solution for specific campaigns.
We have built excellent working relationships with several specialist training providers/ colleges/ universities to provide continual professional development and degree Apprenticeships for Management Development and Graduate Development. All of this will be built into your plan and we will support the introduction or mapping of any such activities.
CLIENT SERVICE REVIEWS
There will be annual reviews led by external, independent consultants scheduled with your business to ensure we are providing you with the best quality service.
The Project Manager will work closely with you to develop new Apprenticeship Standards that will be required over time. These Standards will ensure your Apprentices are learning the skills and knowledge your business requires them to know so they are adding the most value.
We will work with you to optimise co-funding opportunities and to ensure your Levy contributions are utilised fully. We will map your current training budget fully to the new funding bands and relevant standards and provide you with a monthly summary of spend against forecast training plans.
For further information about Apprenticeships and Levy, see our FAQ section, and if you require advice or guidance regarding the Levy payment please contact First Kare Academy.
What is the Apprenticeship Levy and Who Pays?
What is the levy and who pays?
The chancellor announced the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in the 2015 autumn statement. This will require every employer to pay 0.5% of their total payroll costs into the levy. The announcement of a £15,000 allowance means those employers with a payroll of more than £3m will actually be required to contribute to the levy – approximately only 2% of all employers in the UK will contribute.
What is the purpose of the levy?
For a number of years now employers have been critical of the lack of available skilled individuals to support business growth. The UK has been falling behind on almost every measure compared to the rest of the top twenty nations. Apprenticeships have always been seen as the best way to produce and develop a skilled workforce. However the quality of delivery of Apprenticeships has also come under some scrutiny over recent years. Therefore the government has undertaken a review of Apprenticeships with a number of recommendations implemented as part of the Richard review in 2012. Two of those recommendations focus on giving employers greater say in the development and delivery of Apprenticeships whilst also ensuring employers themselves play a part in contributing to the cost of developing and delivering high quality, fit-for-purpose Apprenticeships.
New Trailblazer standards
To enable employers to have a greater say in what new Apprenticeships standards should look like government introduced a series of trailblazer groups. Each group is made up of employers of a particular sector and function within that sector. These groups are also supported by at least one awarding organisation to help write the new standards. These new standards have been named Trailblazers. It is intended that these new standards, once approved, will be funded through a new funding regime supported, in part, by the new apprenticeship levy.
How will the Apprenticeship levy work?
Each employer with an annual payroll bill of more than £3m will have 0.5% of their total payroll taken at source through PAYE. This will be paid into their own digital account managed through the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS). The government has also committed to contributing further 10% top up for all levy contributors. This will also be paid directly into the each individual account.
As most payroll bills fluctuate throughout the year the 0.5% will be calculated and taken each month. Employers paying into the levy will be able to access this new funding model from May 2017. The funds within each digital account will pay for the full cost of each Apprenticeship framework or standard until the employer has fully utilised their levy account. Once levy paying employers have exhausted their levy account they will migrate over to the co-financed model used to fund non-levy paying employers.
For non-levy paying employers a separate funding system will come into operation. The new apprenticeship funding model is based upon a co-financed model. This is the combination of a Core Government Contribution (CGC) and an employer contribution with the match funding ratio of 9:1 or 90% to 10%. The Core Government Contribution (CGC) is based upon a series of funding caps. Every new Apprenticeship standard will be assessed at the development stage and allocated to one of the fifteen funding caps based upon content, level, duration and cost of delivery. Existing Apprenticeship frameworks have already been assessed against the same criteria and will migrate over to the new funding structure. Each cap therefore states the maximum Core Government Contribution (CGC) based upon 90% of the maximum per cap and creates a ceiling. The purpose of the caps is to stimulate competition and drive down price between Apprenticeship providers.
What does this mean for employers?
Employers will have greater control on who they engage with to deliver Apprenticeship training for their employees. Some employers may decide to deliver some or all elements of the Apprenticeships going forward. Employers need to consider who will be responsible for the various requirements surrounding finance, audit and quality of delivery.