By admin 20 July 2020

Apprentices – Not Just for Alan Sugar

Apprentices – Not Just for Alan Sugar
There’s been a lot of talk in the news recently about apprenticeships. With the government’s newly announced investment in training and apprenticeships, it’s an excellent time for businesses to start their programmes, and young people to start their careers.

For anyone whose experience of apprentices begins and ends with the BBC1 TV show of the same name, the reality is very different. You don’t need to be a grumpy old man with terrible one-liners, for a start. Neither do you need a shiny suit and fake tan.

Historically, apprenticeships tended to be found in trade professions. A young person would work under a skilled craftsperson to learn their trade. In a factory, they’d also have to get the bacon sandwiches in a morning and be the butt of hilarious pranks involving tartan paint, buckets of steam, and long stands.

Nowadays, apprenticeships are found in all businesses, from accountancy and sales to graphic design and recruitment. By the way, at Dynamic, we’re definitely going to be using this opportunity to bring in some fantastic young people to train and grow with us. Contact us through our website if you’re interested in joining our incredible team.

So, what schemes are the government launching?

Kick Start Scheme
The government’s new £2 billion kick start scheme is aimed at creating jobs for young people with a high risk of long-term unemployment. It’s a six-month placement, and the idea is to give young people the skills and experience they need to find a permanent job.

To qualify, the person needs to be aged between 16 and 24 and be on Universal Credit. The government will pay all of their minimum wage rate plus the associate NI and automatic enrolment contributions for 25 hours per week.

The scheme is due to launch in August, and details of how to apply will be published soon.

National Careers Service
The National Careers Service provides career advice, skills assessments, information on training courses. They cover a whole suite of services designed to help young people start their career. The government have announced an additional £32 million funding over the next two years. This means another 269,000 people can benefit from personalised advice on training and work.

Check out the website here for more details.

Funding for Traineeships
What’s the difference between a traineeship and apprenticeship? An apprenticeship is a structured programme over three or four years with a combination of in-house and college training. A traineeship runs for a maximum of six months and is specific, employment-based training. It helps school leavers start their career and can lead them into a full apprenticeship.

The government has pledged £111 million this year for traineeships in England, again for 16-24-year-olds.

Amazingly, they will also give employers who provide trainees with experience, £1000 per trainee.

The government already pays companies £1000 for each apprentice aged 16-18 they take on.

The will now pay employers a further £2000 for every apprentice (under 25) they employ and £1500 for every apprentice over 25.

This is time-limited from 1st August 2020 to 31st January 2021. Now is the time to act, if it’s of interest to you.

How can Dynamic help?
When you consider all these initiatives together, there are plenty of opportunities available for employers and potential trainees/apprentices to benefit from these unusual times.

At Dynamic Recruitment, we can help both parties. For employers, you’re likely to receive a large number of applications for an apprentice or training scheme you announce. However, you may not have the resources to assess and filter through all these applications.

That’s where we come in. We build talent pools for companies, comprised of carefully selected and assessed candidates. Once we understand the type of people and essential skillsets you’re looking for, we have the resources and skills to build you a talent pipeline.

Contact one of our team here to see how we can help with your specific requirements.

For candidates, please drop us an email on the above address with your contact details and a brief explanation of the types of careers you’re interested in. We know you won’t have a CV, but that’s ok. We can help with that as well.



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