Our apprenticeship programmes and workforce development training help employers develop their most important asset - their people.
If you are an employer we can support you, whether you are looking to recruit and train a single member of staff or develop the skills of your entire workforce. Please get in touch to speak to one of our business development team.
Offering apprenticeships with Damar enables you to:
- Provide the foundations for staff to work effectively and professionally in business support roles
- Improve the quality of care delivered to clients and patients
- Create innovative, forward-thinking leaders
- Drive the technical development required for fledging careers of future accountants and lawyers
- Ensure staff can communicate effectively and work with numbers in the context of their role
The range of qualifications that we offer is growing rapidly. However, most of our apprentices work in an office environment, from entry level positions right through to management or technical roles.
We value the employers that we work with. We have customers that have been returning to us for 30 years and we celebrate their success as well as that of their students. In addition to the news items on our website, we are always happy to put you in touch with existing customers so that you can find out, first hand, how they have benefited from apprenticeships.
The Damar Difference
At Damar Training we are always improving our training delivery to maximise effectiveness for our partner-employers. We can offer you:
- An environment in which apprentices are empowered to take ownership of their learning goals and journey
- Expert input from the most relevant specialist coaches and tutors, enabled by our tried and tested online learning platforms
- Focused assessment, with a distinction between apprentices who are on programme and those nearing completion
- More frequent interaction, creating a more manageable flow of activity for apprentices and their line managers
- Group workshops and discussion forums to enhance discussion and learning between apprentices
- Better wraparound support, with faster enrolments and launch visits and better support for end-point assessment
Find out more about Damar Training on our About Us page.
Whether you are looking to upskill your staff or expand your team with an apprentice, Damar Training will help you to access government funding available to cover the training costs.
If your annual wage bill is over £3 million, the cost of training will be funded by your apprenticeship levy. We can help you to navigate your Apprenticeship Service account to access this funding.
If your wage bill is below the £3 million threshold, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (EFSA) covers 95-100% of the training costs. The level of funding available is determined by the size of your business and the age of the apprentice.
|Size of business||Age of apprentice||Funding available*|
|Less than 50 employees||Aged 16-18||100% funding available|
|Less than 50 employees||Aged 19+||95% funding available|
|More than 50 employees||Aged 16+||95% funding available|
*Please note, some apprenticeships have accreditation costs which are not eligible for government funding.
For a newly recruited apprentice, the current grants are £3,000 for employers taking on 16 to 18 year olds; £2,000 for 19-24 year olds and £1,500 at 25+.
Apprenticeships are not just for young people or for those learning a trade. They cover most, if not all, industry sectors and are available to employees of all ages. Apprentices may start an apprenticeship after they have been in work for some time or may start a new job with the intention of joining an apprenticeship programme.
An apprentice's salary is paid by their employer. Although most apprentices have permanent contracts, some are employed on an initial fixed term of, say, 18 months.
As well as doing their job, an apprentice is supported by their employer and Damar to achieve the level of competence agreed by employers and the government as being right for their job - the apprenticeship “standard”. Most apprenticeship standards are set out in an easy to read two page document. Apprenticeships standards are gradually replacing old apprenticeship “frameworks”.
At the start of the programme, we plan the apprenticeship with the apprentice and their supervisor. We tailor the qualification by choosing content that closely matches the apprentice’s job. We also agree the likely timescale and consider any particular requirements.
Apprenticeship standards always take at least a year to complete and have three distinct stages:
Teaching and Learning
During this part of the apprenticeship the apprentice will work with their Damar coach and their employer to develop their knowledge and skills and put these into practice. Some apprenticeships have qualifications embedded within them (accountancy and law for example) and so the apprentice may need to take exams.
The exact delivery method varies according to the needs of the apprentice, the employer and the qualification but all of our apprenticeships involve blended delivery model, which combines 1:1 meetings and group workshops with Damar coaches and expert tutors with online learning, webinars and e-tutorials delivered via our virtual learning environment, Damar OpenLearning. This gives apprentices access to more specialist teaching content and the flexibility to access content at times that suit them and the employer. Most apprentices need to spend around 20% of their time on their studies.
Towards the end of this part of the apprenticeship the apprentice will assemble a portfolio of work showing how they are applying their skills and knowledge. They will also prepare for the interview and/or exam that usually forms part of the end-point assessment.
When the apprentice is able to show they are meeting the standard, there is a formal review meeting with the employer and Damar. This “gateway” meeting is the point at which the employer, Damar and the apprentice come together to agree that the apprentice is ready for the external end-point assessment that is the final stage of all apprenticeship standards.
This is the apprentice’s chance to demonstrate their skills and knowledge to an external assessor. Appointed by the Institute of Apprenticeships, the end-point assessment organisation will carry out a final, independent review of the apprentice’s competence. Each apprenticeship has a slightly different end-point assessment but, in many cases, it includes:
- A test (often online)
- A review of the portfolio
- An interview
These ensure that the apprentice has the standard of English and maths required for the role. This element is assessed by way of a series of exams (plus a verbal test for English). Students with good GCSEs in maths and English may be exempt.