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An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying assessment and skills development programme. It is a way for individuals to earn while they learn gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role.

The apprentice gains this through a wide mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment. Apprenticeships benefit employers and individuals, and by boosting the skills of the workforce they help to improve economic productivity.

Apprenticeship Levels:

Name Level Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE Passes
Advanced 3 2 A level passes
Higher 4,5,6, and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor or master's degree

 
APP Logo RGB text BLKHow do Apprenticeships work?

Apprentices must spend at least 20% of their time on off-the-job training, however, they may need more than this if, for example, they need training in English and maths.

It is up to the employer and training provider to decide how the off-the-job training is delivered. It may include regular day release, block release and special training days or workshops. It must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship framework or standard and can be delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work as long as it is not part of their normal working duties. It can cover practical training such as shadowing, mentoring, industry visits and attending competitions.

On-the-job training helps an apprentice develop the specific skills for the workplace and they should be supported by a mentor.

Once an apprentice completes their apprenticeship they should be able to demonstrate that they can perform tasks confidently and completely to the standard set by industry.

Who are they for?

Individuals over the age of 16, spending at least 50% of their working hours in England over the duration of their apprenticeship and not in full-time education can apply for an apprenticeship.

Employers can offer apprenticeships to new entrants or use them to grow talent from among current employees.

Apprenticeships equip individuals with the necessary skills, knowledge and behaviour they need for specific job roles, future employment and progression.

Benefits of hiring apprentices

Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any business to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.
Employers who have an established apprenticeship programme reported that productivity in their workplace had improved by 76% whilst 75% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service.
Other benefits that apprenticeships contribute towards include:
  • increasing employee satisfaction
  • reducing staff turnover
  • reducing recruitment costs

Employer responsibilities

There must be a genuine job available with a contract of employment long enough for an apprentice to complete their apprenticeship. Employers must pay an apprentice’s wages and the role must help them gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to achieve the apprenticeship with support from the employer.

Employers can select a training provider from the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers and agree a total price for the cost of training and assessment. For an apprenticeship standard, this should include the cost of the end-point assessment which must be agreed with the provider selected from the Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations.

Employers need to have:
  • an apprenticeship agreement in place with their apprentice for the duration of the apprenticeship
  • a commitment statement signed by the apprentice, their employer and the provider
  • a written agreement with providers, for employers who pay the apprenticeship levy and use the apprenticeship service, they will need to have a contract for services with their main provider
  • an apprenticeship in place for at least one year
  • the apprentice on the correct wage for their age, for the time they are in work, in off-the-job training and doing further study
Apprentices who are paid a wage consistent with the law for the time they are in work and in off-the-job training, updates on progression and average weekly hours and changes to working patterns must be logged and checked with the training provider.

The government is offering additional support to organisations with fewer than 50 employees. 

Additional Funding and Payments that may be available

Employers are not required to pay National Insurance Contributions for apprentices under the age of 25 on earnings below the higher tax rate of £827 a week (£43,000 a year).
£1,000 payment to both the employer and provider when they train a 16- to18- year-old.
£1,000 payment to both the employer and provider when they train a 19- to 24- year-old who has previously been in care or who has a local authority education, health and care plan.

Apprenticeship reforms

Government has reformed the way apprenticeships are delivered and funded in England. Its ambition is to increase the number of high-quality apprenticeships that meet the needs of employers. As part of the reforms apprenticeships are more rigorous, better structured, independently assessed and more clearly aligned to the needs of employers.

The reforms address the skills shortages reported by many industries and help keep the UK internationally competitive. Most importantly, apprenticeships offer high-quality opportunities for people to develop their talents and progress their careers.
Recent legislation has come into effect which changes the minimum English and maths requirements needed to complete an apprenticeship for people with a learning difficulty or disability.

The changes will lower the English and maths requirements for these apprentices to an Entry Level 3 qualification. It will make completing an apprenticeship more achievable for those who are able to meet all the occupational requirements to be fully competent in their role, but who may struggle to achieve English and maths qualifications at the level normally required

T levels’ are new technical study programmes that will sit alongside apprenticeships from September 2020. The reforms are at the heart of a skills partnership between government, business and training providers – a partnership that will create the skills revolution needed to meet the needs of our business and education and training providers – a partnership that will create the skills revolution needed to meet the needs of our economy. The government is doubling the annual level of apprenticeship spending between 2010 to 2011 and 2019 to 2020 to £2.5bn, which will be funded by the new apprenticeship levy.

The apprenticeship levy

If you’re an employer with a pay bill over £3 million a year, you must pay the apprenticeship levy from 6 April 2017. Read guidance on how to pay the apprenticeship levy. You will report and pay your levy to HMRC through the PAYE process.
The levy will not affect the way you fund training for apprentices who started an apprenticeship programme before 1 May 2017. You’ll need to carry on funding training for these apprentices under the terms and conditions that were in place at the time the apprenticeship started.

Less than 2% of UK employers pay the levy. Levy funds will create opportunities for young people across the country, delivering the skills British businesses need.
The levy will give employers control of their training, agree a total price for each apprenticeship, which includes the costs of training and assessment.
In England*, the government will top up employers’ levy with an extra 10%, paid directly to employers’ apprenticeship accounts.

An employer’s pay bill is made up of the total amount of the employees’ earnings that are subject to Class 1 National Insurance contributions, such as:
  • wages
  • bonuses
  • commissions
  • pension contributions
What about non-levy-paying employers?

Employers with a pay bill of less than £3 million a year will not need to pay the levy.

At least 90% of non-levy-paying employers’ apprenticeship training and assessment costs in England will be paid for by the government. The government will ask these employers to make a 10% cash contribution to the cost, paid directly to the provider, and the government covers the rest (up to the maximum agreed funding band).
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Last updated: May 1st, 2018

The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd. is committed to protecting the privacy of visitors of The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd website, individuals who register to use the products and services, and business partners or customers. This Privacy Notice describes our privacy practices in relation to the use of The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd website and Portal (Virtual Learning Environment) it’s services and solutions, and related applications, services, and programs, offered by The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd as well as your choices regarding use, access and correction of personal information.

This Privacy Notice describes how we collect, use, disclose and otherwise process personal data collected related to our Services and otherwise in the course of our business activities, including the information practices of the websites that link to this Privacy Notice.

This Privacy Notice does not apply to information collected about The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd employees, applicants, or other personnel.

The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd Sites may contain links to other websites; and information practices and/or the content of such other websites shall be governed by the privacy statements of such other websites.

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The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd provides its Services – which include educational support and solutions such as Apprenticeship and Professional Qualifications delivery and support to business customers, directly, and through partnerships and awarding bodies.

The Colleges Partnership Ltd is registered in England. Company Number 05606069. Our Registered Office is C/O Wiltshire College, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England, SN15 3QD.

The Colleges' Partnership is a not for profit joint venture company owned by Wiltshire College and Bridgwater and Taunton College.

Customer Owned Data

As a provider of Services, we may receive, process or store certain information, including personal information. Information may include information from the end points and other systems, tools or devices that Customers manage or monitor using our Services, and end user data related to individuals’ activities on Customer’s network and systems. It may also include event logs, end user information (such as IP address, email address and computer name), and other data where relevant to a support or service request. The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd is a data processor for customer data.

Data Relating to Our Customers and Users of Our Sites

The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd collects information as part of its normal business operations and in the administration of its relationship with Customers, which may include personal information.

Business Contact and Customer Relationship Management. We collect and maintain information about our Customers, which may include company name, business contact name and title, phone number, email and other contact details. We may also collect billing address, financial account, credit card information, order details, subscription and license information, and usage details. In addition, we collect user credential and profile data (name, contact, authorized users) of Customer’s authorized users and account administrators.

Data Submitted on Sites. In order to access or use certain portions of the Sites, to enjoy the full functionality of the Sites, or to conduct or seek to conduct business with us, you may be prompted to provide certain personal data to us, including in the following ways:

by filling in forms (for example, a “Contact Us” form) on our Sites or anywhere else we conduct business;

by downloading or accessing the The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd Services;

by downloading documentation from our Sites;

by subscribing to newsletters or other communications; or

by corresponding with us by phone, e-mail or otherwise using our contact details.

Typically, the personal data you give us may include name, business affiliation, business address, telephone number, and email address, and any personal details required to resolve any enquiries or complaints.

Customer Support and Service. When Customers contact us for support or other customer service requests, we maintain support tickets and other records related to the requests, including any information provided by Customers related to such support or service requests.

Usage Details. We collect information about Customers’ usage of our Services, including IP address, Customer ID, email address, and other usage statistics. We do not collect usage details about Customer end users, except as necessary for support or to provide the Services requested by Customers (in which case we are a data processor of such data).

When you visit our Sites, our server automatically collects certain browser or device generated information, which may in some cases constitute personal data, including but not limited to:

your domain;

your IP address;

your date, time and duration of your visit;

your browser type;

your operating system;

your page visits;

information from third parties;

other information about your computer or device; or

Internet traffic.

De-identified Data. We may de-identify and aggregate certain data we collect such that the data no longer identifies or can be linked to a particular customer or an individual data subject (“De-identified Data”), subject to the terms of any applicable customer agreements. We may use this data to improve our Services, analyse trends, publish market research, and for other marketing, research or statistical purposes, and may disclose such data to third parties for these specific purposes.

Other Data. The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd collects, uses and maintains certain data related to its business and the Services it provides to Customers, which is not personal data; this privacy notice does not restrict our use and processing of such data, including:

Cookies

This website, along with many others, uses cookies. Cookies let users navigate around sites and (where appropriate) let us tailor the content to fit the needs of our site's visitors. Without cookies enabled we can't guarantee that the website and your experience of it are as we intended it to be.

None of the cookies we use collect personal information.

Types of cookies

The length of time a cookie stays on your device depends on its type. We use two types of cookies on our websites.

Session cookies are temporary cookies which only exist during the time you use the website (or more strictly, until you close the browser after using the website). Session cookies help our websites remember what you chose on the previous page, avoiding the need to re-enter information. 

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We also use web analytics services from other companies to track how visitors reach our site and the path they take through it. These companies use cookies to help us improve our service to you.

The analytics services we use are:

Google Analytics, which uses cookies to help us analyse how our visitors use the site. Find out more about how these cookies are used on the Google privacy site
 

Your personal data:

The following is an overview of our purposes for using personal data that we process as a data controller. Additional details on how we process your personal data may be provided to you in a separate notice or contract.

For individuals in the European Union, our processing (i.e. use) of your personal data is justified on the following legal bases:

the processing is necessary to perform a contract with you or take steps to enter into a contract at your request;

the processing is necessary for us to comply with a relevant legal obligation;

the processing is in our legitimate interests, subject to your interests and fundamental rights, and notably our legitimate interest in using applicable data to conduct and develop our business activities; or

you have consented to the processing.

We use the personal data we collect to:

conduct and develop our business with you and with others;

process, evaluate and complete certain transactions involving the Sites, and more generally transactions involving The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd' Services;

operate, evaluate, maintain, improve and develop the Sites (including by monitoring and analysing trends, access to, and use of the Sites);

evaluate, improve and develop our Services generally;

customize our Sites to users' needs;

provide you with documentation or communications which you have requested;

correspond with users to resolve their queries or complaints;

provide you with any Services you request;

send you marketing communications, where it is lawful for us to do so;

protect and ensure safety of the Sites, The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd confidential and proprietary information, and The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd employees;

manage, protect against and investigate fraud, risk exposure, claims and other liabilities, including but not limited to violation of our contract terms or laws or regulations.

Disclosure of Personal Data

The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd is a not for profit joint venture company owned by Wiltshire College and Bridgwater and Taunton College and we may share personal data with our affiliated businesses as part of our business operations and administration of the Services. We may also appoint third party service providers (who will operate under our instructions) to assist us in providing information, products or services to you, in conducting and managing our business, or in managing and improving our Services or the Sites. The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd may share your personal data with these affiliates and third parties to perform services that the third parties have been engaged by The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd to perform on The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd's behalf, subject to appropriate contractual restrictions and security measures, or if we believe it is reasonably necessary to prevent harm or loss, or it believes that the disclosure will further an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activities.

The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd reserves the right to share any information that is not deemed personal data or is not otherwise subject to contractual restrictions.

If personal data is transferred outside the EU to third party service providers, we will take steps to ensure that your personal data receives the same level of protection as if it remained within the EU, including by entering into data transfer agreements, using the European Commission approved Standard Contractual Clauses, or by relying on certification schemes such as the EU - US Privacy Shield..

We contractually require agents, service providers, and affiliates who may process personal data related to the Services to provide the same level of protections for personal data as required under the Principles

Other Disclosures

Law Enforcement or National Security. In accordance with our legal obligations, we may also transfer Customer Data, subject to a lawful request, to public authorities for law enforcement or national security purposes.

Additional Disclosures. We may also disclose Customer Data (including any personal data), where otherwise required by law.

Just-in-Time Disclosures. Additional disclosures or information about processing of personal information related to specific websites, mobile applications, products, services, or programs may be provided to you. These may supplement and/or clarify The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd privacy practices in specific circumstances and provide you with additional choices as to how The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd may process your personal information.

Children

The Sites, Services and Portal are not for use by children under the age of 16 years and The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd does not knowingly collect, store, share or use the personal data of children under 16 years. If you are under the age of 16 years, please do not provide any personal data, even if prompted by the Sites to do so. If you are under the age of 16 years and you have provided personal data, please ask your parent(s) or guardian(s) to notify The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd and The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd will delete all such personal data.

Marketing

Where lawful to do so, and subject to your consent where required, we may communicate with Customers (and related business contacts) about our Services. If you wish to unsubscribe from receiving marketing communications, please follow the unsubscribe links/instruction on all such communications.

Security

The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd aims to safeguard and protect your personal data from unauthorised access, improper use or disclosure, unauthorised modification or unlawful destruction or accidental loss, and The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd utilizes and maintains certain reasonable processes, systems, and technologies to do so. However, you acknowledge that no environment is completely secure or error-free, and that these processes, systems, and technologies utilised and maintained by The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd are subject to compromise. Accordingly, we cannot be held responsible for unauthorised or unintended access that is beyond our control.

Retention of Your Personal Data

We apply a general rule of keeping personal data only for as long as required to fulfil the purposes for which it was collected. However, in some circumstances, we may retain personal data for other periods of time, for instance where we are required to do so in accordance with legal, tax and accounting requirements, or if required to do so by a legal process, legal authority, or other governmental entity having authority to make the request, for so long as required.

In specific circumstances, we may also retain your personal data for longer periods of time corresponding to a statute of limitation, so that we have an accurate record of your dealings with us in the event of any complaints or challenges.

External Links

The Sites may contain links to third party sites. Since The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd does not control nor is responsible for the privacy practices of those websites, we encourage you to review the privacy policies of these third party sites. This Policy applies solely to personal data collected by our Sites or in the course of our business activities.

Your Rights

Subject to applicable law, you may have some or all of the following rights available to you in respect of your personal data

to obtain a copy of your personal data together with information about how and on what basis that personal data is processed;

to rectify inaccurate personal data (including the right to have incomplete personal data completed);

to erase your personal data (in limited circumstances, such as where it is no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which it was collected or processed);

to restrict processing of your personal data under certain circumstances

to port your data in machine-readable format to a third party (or to you) when we justify our processing on the basis of your consent or the performance of a contract with you;

to withdraw your consent to our processing of your personal data (where that processing is based on your consent); and to obtain, or see a copy of the appropriate safeguards under which your personal data is transferred to a third country or international organisation.

In addition to the above rights, you have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to any processing of your personal data for which we have justified on the basis of a legitimate interest, including profiling (as opposed to your consent) or to perform a contract with you.

You also have the right to lodge a complaint with your local supervisory authority for data protection.

In relation to all of these rights, please contact us at privacy@tcpartnership.ac.uk Please note that we may request proof of identity, and we reserve the right to charge a fee where permitted by law, especially if your request is manifestly unfounded or excessive. We will endeavour to respond to your request within all applicable timeframes.

If you contact us regarding Customer Data for which we are a data processor, we will attempt to refer your request to the relevant Customer, and data controller for your personal data.

Contact information

If you have any questions in relation to this Notice, please contact us at:

By email - privacy@tcpartnership.ac.uk

By post – The Data Controller, 14b, Sunrise Business Park, Higher Shaftesbury Rd, Blandford, DT11 8ST

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