How is it funded?

Apprenticeship training is either part funded for fully funded by the apprenticeship levy. This means you could be using a significant amount of government funding to train your work force. If your wage bill is over £3 million, then you will be paying automatic deductions into the levy fund. Recruiting apprentices allows you to utilise this fund, it can not be used for any other business activity.

If you have used all the funding in the levy account, or if your wage bill is less than £3 million, then you can still recruit apprentices, it’s just that you will need to make a contribution of 5% of the total apprenticeship costs, and the government will pay the remaining 95%.

To recruit an apprentice, you must be able to support them in a role that allows them to learn the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are set out in the particular apprenticeship standard. You must also pay them a wage and employ them for at least 30 hours per week (this can be averaged out through the year in a shift pattern).

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Time commitments

Your apprentices will need to be given at least 6 hours per week (these hours can be grouped into blocks of time) to train or study, and they will need to be released to complete their End Point Assessment (EPA) at the conclusion of their apprenticeship. Apprenticeship education must be no less than 12 months and 1 day in duration, but the learning activity during this time can be a variety of classroom, online and work based/ placement learning. At the conclusion of the apprenticeship, you are under no legal obligation to employ the apprentice, however the majority of employers do since they have a staff member who understands your organisation and the role in which you have supported them in.

If you choose to use Medipro for your ambulance apprenticeships then we will:

  • Create a learning plan the fits your organisation processes and your governance
  • Give you a log in so that you can track the progression of your apprentices across our online learning management system
  • Provide qualified tutors to teach your apprentices
  • Provide the venue to teach your apprentices
  • Provide the equipment and consumables to teach your apprentices*
  • Complete the documentation and guide you on what you need to complete to draw down the apprenticeship funding
  • Assist you in choosing suitable candidates
  • Support apprentices in completing coursework and developing skills throughout the apprenticeship
  • Support apprentices in achieving statutory functional skills qualifications if necessary.
  • Organise and administrate the EPA

Frequently Asked Questions

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No, there are no age limits for beginning an apprenticeship, many of our learners are over 40 and have valuable experience that helps them succeed in their job role.

Yes, you must employ the apprentice at a legal salary, and pay them whilst they are learning too.

The apprentices will be recruited to your organisation and therefore should be provided with all the normal equipment for that role, and go through your normal due diligence checks.

Yes, as there are integrated driving qualifications in the apprenticeship, the learner must be able to complete these courses.

No, to join an apprenticeship there must be an opportunity for the learner to have significant learning. Completing such a small part of the apprenticeship especially when they are already in the role would not be classed as significant.

Perhaps, an apprenticeship is suitable for staff who wish to upskill into a higher role. If you have staff who are working at Level 3 support workers, then we can enrol them onto our Level 4 program. However we can not accept staff who are already working at the apprenticeship clinical grade as new candidates as they will have significant experience and knowledge.

No, neither you nor the apprentices will incur any costs

To have staff complete the blue light driver training then we must prove that there is a legitimate need. For this the awarding body asks that organisations are CQC registered.

No, the apprenticeship funding is only available for companies based in England.

You may charge reasonable costs such as uniform or DBS checks, but these must be outlined in the initial apprenticeship contract. You may not charge for the cost of the apprenticeship that is drawn from the levy.

At the start of the application we will complete an assessment with the potential apprentice. Here we will discuss their needs and explore what adaption we can make to help them succeed on the apprenticeship. Many of our learner have additional needs and disabilities and are successful, however they must be capable of completing all aspects of the apprenticeship including the driving skills.

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