Investing in your company's future

Published: 23 Oct 2015

The Modern Apprenticeship (MA) programme supports your business to train your employees, allowing you to develop and strengthen your workforce.

The programme delivers an industry-approved qualification and helps develop those essential soft skills required in the workplace – communication, numeracy, information and communication technology; problem solving and working with others. Financial assistance is provided towards the cost of training.

Apprenticeships provide vocational training that is relevant to your trainees’ current employment – and for many apprentices, it is the beginning of a long and fruitful career.

North East Scotland College is currently running MA training programmes for 370 employers, large and small, across the engineering, automotive and hairdressing sectors.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions on what’s involved in apprenticeships.

WHAT FINANCIAL SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE?

Funding and support is available each year from the Scottish Government via Skills Development Scotland (SDS). The funding provided via SDS covers the direct cost of college course fees for each apprenticeship. Your modern apprentice is just like every other employee so you still have to pay their salary and make sure they have everything else they need to do their job effectively.

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HOW DO I FIND OUT WHAT PLACES ARE AVAILABLE AND WHEN DO I NEED TO APPLY?

Skills Development Scotland allocates the college a limited number of places per industry area every year. We currently have spaces available across most areas – engineering (fabrication and welding; manufacture and maintenance; mechanical; electrical; marine), automotive and hairdressing. You can apply at any time.

WHO CAN UNDERTAKE AN APPRENTICESHIP?

A modern apprentice can be a new team member, or an existing employee who wants to increase their capabilities and confidence in the workplace. The majority of apprenticeships are available to those employees who are aged 16-24 living in Scotland. In some sectors, over 25s are also eligible for support.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE EMPLOYER AND THE COLLEGE?

The employer must employ and pay the apprentice for the duration of the apprenticeship and must be willing and able to provide the workplace experience and assessment opportunities required to complete the programme. The college manages, administers and delivers the training and assessment of the apprentice. An assessor is assigned to each apprentice and reviews are carried out every 13 weeks, either in college or in the workplace.

WHAT’S INVOLVED IN THE “ADOPT A MODERN APPRENTICE SCHEME”?

Skills Development Scotland offers a financial incentive for employers who take on a modern apprentice who has been made redundant from another employer. For businesses in the oil and gas industry, the financial incentive is currently £5,000. For businesses in all other industries the incentive is £2,000.

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