Employers

Investing in staff training programmes and apprenticeships is the perfect way to grow your business and develop an efficient and skilled workforce.

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Apprenticeships

Our apprenticeship programmes are available across the county with start dates all year round.

Taking on an apprentice is a brilliant way of investing in the future of your business. You can recruit and train fresh talent that will grow with your company. As your delivery partner we will put together a programme that is appropriate and applicable to your business and support you and your apprentice throughout the whole process.

If you need help in recruiting, we can assist with that too. We seek out motivated and enthusiastic individuals who are bursting with potential.

The great news is that apprenticeship programmes are also available to your existing workforce.  They can support individuals who are moving into a new role, have recently gained line management responsibilities or simply need to develop their current skills sets.

Our Apprenticeships last between 15 and 24 months depending on the subject area and level.  Everyone who undertakes this type of programme will be required to spend 20% of their contracted hours in some form of ‘off job’ learning activity over the lifetime of their programme.

The cost of an apprenticeship depends on the programme and its level. Larger employers will use their Apprenticeship Levy to fund the programme.  Employers not paying into the levy will be required to pay 5% of the overall cost.  Our Business Development team will discuss prices with you and agree a payment schedule prior to any apprentice starting a programme.

A bursary of £1000 could be available if you employ less than 50 people and your apprentice meets the eligibility criteria.

What to do next

Click on the links below to find out more about our apprenticeship offer and then complete the enquiry form below. You can also download our Employer Guide HERE

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How much does it cost?

The government have set maximum prices for each apprenticeship. The price you pay will depend on the occupational area, the level and any prior qualifications, knowledge, skills and behaviours that the apprentice already has – we use an initial assessment and skills scan to identify these.

Our Business Development Team will negotiate and agree a price with you for each apprenticeship undertaken. They will discuss how you will pay for the programme and If applicable support you to access your digital account and any funding you may be entitled to.

Employers will pay for an apprenticeship in one of three ways (full details can be found in the employer toolkit):

  1. Through their Apprenticeship Levy Account
  2. Through Co-investment
  3. Through gifting

The maximum you would pay for an apprenticeship standards is listed below:

Team Leader or Supervisor Level 3 £4,500.00
Operations or Departmental Manager Level 5 £7,000.00
Associate Project Manager Level 4 £6,000.00
Schools Business Professional Level 4 £6,000.00
Coaching Professional Level 5 £5,000.00
Adult Care Worker Level 2 £3,000.00
Lead Adult Care Worker Level 3 £3,000.00
Lead Practitioner in Adult Care Level 4 £7,000.00
Leader in Adult Care Level 5 £7,000.00
Healthcare Support Worker Level 2 £3,000.00
Senior Healthcare Support Worker Level 3 £5,000.00
Healthcare Science Assistant Level 2* £5,000.00
Healthcare Cleaning Operative Level 2 £4,000.00

 

* In Development or Under Consideration

Accounts or Finance Assistant Level 2 £6,000.00
Assistant Accountant Level 3 £8,000.00
Professional Accounting Technician Level 4 £8,000.00
Customer Service Practitioner Level 2 £3,500.00
Customer Service Professional Level 3 £4,000.00
Business Administrator Level  3 £5,000.00
Payroll Administrator Level 3* £9,000.00
Public Service Operations Delivery Officer Level 2* £2,500.00

 

* In Development or Under Consideration

Teaching Assistant 3 £5,000.00
Early Years Practitioner Level  2 £4,000.00
Early Years Educator Level  3 £6,000.00
Children, Young People & Families Practitioner (Residential) Level 4 £6,000.00
Children, Young People & Families Practitioner (Community) Level 4* £6,000.00
Children, Young People & Families Manager (Community) Level 5* £6,000.00
Learning Mentor Level 3* £5,000.00
Assessor Coach Level 4* £7,000.00
Youth Support Worker Level 2* £4,500.00

 

* In Development or Under Consideration

IT Solutions Technician (Software) Level 3* £13,000.00
IT Solutions Technician (Hardware) Level 3* £13,000.00
Digital Marketer Level 3* £11,000.00
Junior Content Producer Level 3* £12,000.00
Laboratory Technician Level 3* £21,000.00
Pharmacy Services Assistant Level 2* £5,000.00

 

* In Development or Under Consideration

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The Essex Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Service

Essex County Council are striving to increase apprenticeships within the county. To provide quality opportunities for learning and development to strengthen the Essex economy. The Essex Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Service will allow levy donors to utilise unspent levy to support the apprenticeship training costs for smaller businesses. This will lead to increased learning and training opportunities for residents, and long-term benefits for levy donors and recipients.

What are the benefits of levy transfer?

Large organisations can utilise unspent levy to not only support SMEs but help to create a vibrant and diverse economy. Gifting your levy to strengthen your supply chain, demonstrate corporate social responsibility or to create strategic partnerships. The Essex market will also enjoy increased skill provision becoming robust and providing Essex businesses the skilled labour force it requires.

Our service will let SMEs connect with large organisations and benefit from funded apprenticeship training without the need to co invest.

The Essex Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Service will work in partnership with city, district and borough councils, Further Education colleges, training providers and employers across Essex to keep Essex levy within the Essex economy.

To find out how to pledge unspent levy or request funding please contact us on levytransfers@essex.gov.uk

Before the apprenticeship commences there are a few things that we will need you to do. Our Business Development Team will explain what you need to do, and when, and will be on hand to provide support and answer any questions that you may have.

Non-levy & Levy funded apprenticeship contractual information

Useful Videos

Employers: How to create an account and accept the employer agreement on the apprenticeship service

Employers: How to reserve funding, add an apprentice and use the recruitment tool

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