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Frequently asked questions

Is an apprenticeship right for my business?

Higher and degree apprenticeships offer you a cost-effective solution to recruiting and upskilling talent in your business. A common misconception is that apprenticeships are only available within specific sectors and typically more manual industries. In reality, the introduction of higher and degree apprenticeships – as well as the apprenticeship levy for large organisations – means a variety of sectors can now benefit from them.

Who can I put forward for an apprenticeship?

You can choose to either recruit a new member of staff to undertake an apprenticeship or put forward an existing staff member looking to upskill, meaning there is no age limit to who can undertake one. An apprentice must fulfil the entry criteria for their course of interest to be accepted by NTU, as well as be in full time employment, working a minimum of 30 hours a week, and be contracted for at least the same length of time as the apprenticeship course.

How much time will my apprentice spend studying?

Our apprenticeship courses are all taught differently, so the length of time an apprentice will spend outside the workplace at any one point will vary. Typically, apprenticeships are based on an 80% - 20% split, with 20% being classed as time dedicated to “off-the-job” training. This can include things such as work-based projects, personal tutor contact, taught blocks, independent study and workplace mentor meetings. As an employer, it is your legal obligation to provide apprentices with 20% off-the-job training time to support their studies. Our team can work alongside you to advise you how best to implement the 20% off-the-job portion of time for your apprentice.

How much will it cost and what funding is available?

The cost of an apprenticeship can vary depending on the course you choose. Higher and degree apprenticeships present an opportunity not only for large levy-paying organisations, but also SMEs who, depending on their size and pay bill, could be eligible for government funding. Funding and levy payments can only be put towards the cost of the training, and cannot be used for additional activity related to the apprenticeship (e.g. travel, accommodation etc.). We can help guide you through the different routes to funding an apprenticeship, no matter your company’s size.

What is expected of me as an employer?

As well as allowing apprentices time to take their 20% off-the-job learning, as part of your obligations as an employer you will need to allocate an employee / workplace mentor for each apprentice to support them through their studies. The role of the employer mentor is a key part of the development of your apprentice, therefore NTU offers complimentary mentor training to all employer mentors, as well as ongoing support throughout the duration of the apprenticeship.