I'm looking for the right Apprentice


Our role is to look after our employers and take away all the pain of recruiting the right apprentice.

We know that many of you have lost faith in being able to recruit reliable, interested and enthusiastic apprentices. It is our job to find them for you and we have a reputation for getting it right by:

  • Visiting each employer (with biscuits) to establish their training needs, explain the apprenticeship offer and ensure each party understands their role
  • Write and promote vacancies on behalf of the employer
  • Conduct initial assessments and shortlist candidates for interview
  • Discuss each shortlisted applicant with the employer
  • Organise interviews and trials
  • Deliver high quality off-the-job training and work based assessment over 42 months
  • Produce world-class Heritage Engineering Technicians

Feedback from partners

Partnering with the Heritage Skills Academy to deliver our apprenticeships has been very successful for us.  The content of the training programme compliments the core skills of our business and was clearly communicated to us from the start.  We received full support throughout the recruitment process and were able to select from a pool of well-matched candidates.

Our apprentices tell us that they really enjoy their block release weeks at college, working with a supportive group of students and tutors.  They find the learning facilities and quality of the training to be excellent.  The programme is extremely well organised in comparison to our experience with other training providers and there are strong communication channels with both employers and apprentices.’ 

 Claire Cunningham -Human Resources, Classics by JSWL

'Heritage Skill Academy have made the difference between giving up on apprenticeships all together and making them the backbone of my staff skills program. Great communication, well organised and disciplined block release means our apprentices are really learning key skills that they can use in the workplace.'

 Simeon Cattle - Managing Director, Project Shop

How do employers access the funding?

Employers do not have direct access to the funding, only the choice of who it is spent with. Employers can
only use funds to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment for apprentices.

The funding is allocated by the ‘ESFA’ for the apprentice on behalf of the employer and drawn down by the
employers chosen Training Provider.

How much will it cost an employer?

Apprentices aged 16 to 18:

  • No cost to the employer for the delivery of the training Apprentices aged 16-18
  • Apprentices starting over the age of 19 - Employers must make a 10% contribution to the Training Provider towards the cost of the delivery of the training (This is a government requirement and the release of the 90% is subject to evidence of receipt by the Training Provider – this equates to £722 / year)
  • Additional costs not covered by the funds
  • Wages (see Appendix A) – Heritage Skills Academy Employers are encouraged to offer a minimum hourly rate of £5.00 / hr
  • Residential accommodation for block release
  • Travel costs to and from training
  • Subsistence costs whilst on block release
  • £120 towards PPE and HSA uniform

Who chooses the training provider?

The employer chooses the training provider based on the:

  • Requirements of the business
  • Reputation of the provider within the industry
  • Relevance of the apprenticeship programme to their specific requirements
  • Quality of the programme they deliver and the package of support they offer

What are the employers's responsibilities?

  • To ensure the apprentice has a contract of employment and is paid in line with at least the national minimum wage rates
  • Carry out induction training & to comply with all relevant statutory duties in respect of supervision, Health & Safety training, welfare and PPE
  • Maintain adequate Employers Liability/Public Liability Insurance
  • Working week not to exceed 40 to 46 hours per week including paid college attendance (dependent upon age)
  • To release the apprentice from work to attend formal paid off-the-job training
  • To offer a holiday entitlement of at least 20 days per annum plus bank holidays (as per government legislation)
  • 19+ Learners only: To pay a 10% contribution towards the cost of training (as dictated by the ESFA)

What are the apprentices responsibilities?

  • To attend work and college and to effectively use any study time in the working day as agreed with the employer
  • To work in a diligent and trustworthy manner to achieve the training qualifications within the programme timescale
  • To behave in a responsible manner and to promote the Employer’s best interests
  • To request advice and assistance immediately if needed from the Employer or Training Provider
  • To abide by the principles of Heritage Skills Academy Equality & Diversity Policy


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