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Apprenticeships for Employers

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With colleges across the Greater Birmingham region as well as specialist sites throughout the UK, we are well positioned to work with employers on a regional and national basis.




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Recruiting Staff

Finding apprentices

At BMet we provide you with your own Employment & Skills Advisor (ESA) who will assist you every step of the way. We offer a simple six step programme designed to take all the pressure out of recruiting an apprentice:

1. Meet with an Employment & Skills Advisor (ESA) from BMet
2. Together you will decide on the job description, salary and working hours
3. The ESA will draft a recruitment advert which you will approve
4. BMet will pre-screen all applicants and the Recruitment Team will provide you with a shortlist of interested applicants
5. You will select which candidates you want to interview
6. You complete the interviews and your ESA meets with you to complete all necessary paperwork.

In addition we offer:
• Free training needs analysis
• Free health and safety check
• Excellent teaching and assessment
• Use of award winning facilities
• Flexible management and delivery of training
• Apprentice progress reviews
• Help with funding and paperwork

Recruitment campaigns

Thanks to our partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions we are able to work with our clients to design and deliver bespoke training programmes that support your business to recruit trained and work-ready staff. Our programmes are developed in partnership with you to provide candidates with sector-based training and work experience before progressing onto an interview with you.

Current Staff Development

Increasing staff retention

The most effective apprenticeship and training programmes provide new recruits and staff with a clear progression pathway that they can own as their personal development, to help manage their own careers. Through working with our clients to help them develop training programmes that provide a progressive development approach, our experience illustrates that employees will be more likely to remain within that business, as well as having increased levels of engagement, motivation and satisfaction.

Flexible solutions

We fully understand the commercial pressures on all organisations – we are flexible in our delivery models and reactive to market changes and requirements.

A combination of market factors, customer needs and government legislation means that businesses need to be reactive to compete and operate effectively. We mirror that market environment – constantly developing and reviewing programmes and content as well as delivery models to ensure that they work for sector needs.

Apprenticeship Levy

The new Apprenticeship Levy will come into effect from April 2017. Its goal is to raise £3bn per year which will fund three million apprenticeships starting by 2020. All businesses with payroll bills of £3M or more will be required to contribute 0.5% of their gross PAYE, regardless of whether they currently employ apprentices. Each business affected will then have access to a £15,000 levy allowance to use on approved apprenticeship training. Employers who do not qualify to pay the levy will continue to access government funding for apprenticeships, some of which will be levy funds recycled for use with SMEs.

Our team of experts can help you understand the Levy and work with you to develop a strategy to help meet your business needs and maximise the Levy to support your training and people development strategy.

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Apprenticeship Types

Whether you’re a global manufacturer or a creative SME, this is the ideal time to consider whether apprenticeships could help to secure your talent pipeline.

What are apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are work based learning programmes which enable people of all ages to gain nationally recognised qualifications while they earn. Apprenticeships can be used to train new employees, as well as up-skilling or retraining existing employees. Apprenticeships generate a committed and valuable workforce, increase productivity, reduce absence and can help support an ageing workforce.

How do apprenticeships work?

Apprenticeships offer a mixture of work based and ‘classroom based’ learning. The majority of the learning is done in the workplace with the rest of the training being given by a training organisation either at the workplace, off-site (at college) or via e-learning.

Every apprenticeship is different as they are designed by the employer, in conjunction with a training provider, to meet the specific requirements of each individual business. They can start at any point during the year and take between one and five years to complete, depending upon the level of apprenticeship and the industry sector.

Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week – the minimum requirement is 16 hours.

Types of apprenticeships

There are various levels of apprenticeship:
• Intermediate apprenticeship (Level 2 – equivalent to
• five good GCSE passes)
• Advanced apprenticeship (Level 3 – equivalent to two A
• Level passes)
• Higher apprenticeship (Levels 4-7)
• Degree apprenticeship (Levels 6-7)

How much do apprenticeships cost?

Apprenticeships are real jobs so all apprentices earn a salary and are paid at least the national minimum apprenticeship wage.