Employer FAQs

If you have a question that isn't answered below please get in touch - we are always happy to speak to employers about any aspect of apprenticeships or work-based training.

Lee Clements | Quality Manager

If you're new to the world of apprenticeships, it can seem like there's a lot to take in. We have 40 years' experience of working with large employers, SMEs and public sector organisations so we understand the challenges and issues you may be facing and can show you how we have helped similar companies grow and thrive through our apprenticeship programmes and workforce development training.

Here are some common questions employers ask about apprenticeships. If there is anything else you would like to know or you are considering apprenticeship training for your business, give us a call on 0161 480 8171 or email info@damartraining.com.

An apprenticeship is an on the job training programme that develops an employees’ knowledge, skills and behaviours in order to perform in their job role.  The training is designed to be flexible and meet the needs of the individual and their employer.

There are no age restrictions on apprenticeships and apprenticeship training can be used for new recruits or to upskill existing staff. Apprenticeships are also now open to graduates. However, we do need to ensure that there is a sufficient enough gap in the individual’s required skills, knowledge and behaviours so that they will benefit from the training.

Apprenticeships can be used for new staff or existing employees, who may need to upskill in their current position or who are looking to change roles.

Skills shortages and staff retention are still among the biggest risks to UK businesses. Apprenticeships can help businesses across all industries by offering a cost effective route to attract fresh talent and to invest in workforce development. If you have trained staff with the right skills for the job, they can do a wider range of tasks and take on new responsibilities - this can help to reduce skill shortages, minimise staff turnover, improve your customer experience and increase productivity.

The delivery method varies according to the needs of the apprentice, the employer and the qualification. Increasingly, we use a blended delivery model which combines 1:1 tutorial and review visits from the Damar trainer 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 when at times that suit them and the employer. Most apprentices need to spend around 20% of their time on their studies.

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.

The minimum apprenticeship wage is £3.90. However, we strongly encourage all of our employers to pay more in order to attract high calibre candidates.

A £1,000 government incentive is available to both levy and non-levy paying employers who enrol an apprentice aged 16-18.

For Greater Manchester, a £3,000 incentive is available to non-levy paying employers. Funded by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the full incentive criteria can be found here.

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