Facts about Way2Work
Way2Work successfully maintain an Apprenticeship achievement rate above 80%
The service has been successfully operating for over 20 years
Way2Work is part of Achieving for Children – Providing Children’s services for Richmond & Kingston
Way2Work do not make a profit out of Government funding, e.g. your taxes. Every penny of our funding goes directly towards advising, guiding, training and supporting young people
The staff at Way2Work are highly skilled, qualified and experienced in what they do
Way2Work has helped recruit and support over 4,000 young people to achieve Apprenticeships and other recognised qualifications
Why should I recruit an apprentice?
Recruiting young apprentices is essential for the success and future growth of your company. Apprenticeship training, support and development ensure young people can make reliable and effective employees.
How do I recruit an apprentice?
Call Way2Work who will explain the process and arrange to visit your premises to help you formulate a detailed job description, and discuss the appropriate terms and conditions. Potential candidates are pre-screened by Way2Work and shortlisted before being sent to you for any interview, so you can choose the most suitable young person for the job.
How is the training provided?
The apprenticeship diploma is carefully matched to each job, and will develop general and advanced skills over a minimum of 12 months. A qualified apprenticeship Assessor will visit your apprentice at least once a month to support them to achieve their framework.
What about my existing young employees?
Many young people already in work benefit from training. Way2Work will customise this to fit their career development within the company.
How are apprenticeships funded?
Apprenticeship funding for employers has changed. From 1st May 2017, employers with an annual pay bill of over £3 million will be subject to an apprenticeship levy. This levy is a mandatory tax for all public and private UK employers, and will be collected by HMRC.
Employers who pay the levy will be able to access a new digital apprenticeship service that allows them to spend available funds on apprenticeship training.
To find out more about the apprenticeship levy, please follow this link:
Non-Levy paying employers
If you are an employer and your annual wage bill is under £3 million, then you will not have to pay the apprenticeship levy. You will still be able to access funding and support from the Government to employ an apprentice.
Once the new funding system begins from 1 May 2017, non-apprenticeship paying employers will pay 5% of the cost of the apprenticeship to their chosen provider, and the Government will pay the remaining 90%. Depending upon which of the 15 funding bands the apprenticeship falls into, the maximum cost for the apprenticeship will vary.
If an employer has fewer than 50 staff members and chooses to employ a 16 to 18 year old apprentice, then the 10% employer contribution will be waived and the cost of training will be 100% free. This also applies to apprentices aged 19-24 with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a local authority care leaver.
If you are considering taking on an apprentice to support your business, please contact Barri Ghai, Way2Work manager on 07821 808498 who will be able to further advise you on the apprenticeship levy, funding and eligibility.
Way2Work will pre-select a group of between 4 and 6 candidates and organise interviews for you. The shortlisted candidates will be asked to send their CV directly to you by email, and call you to confirm that they will be attending their interview.
Once the first interview has taken place you must call Way2Work to let us know who you would like to offer a 2nd interview or work trial to. We advise selecting no more than 2 or 3 for this stage of the recruitment process.
After the work trial has been completed, you must contact us again to advise us of your decision to recruit one of the selected candidates. We then notify the successful young person and speak to all the unsuccessful candidates giving them appropriate feedback, and guidance. If references are required before they start, we can also assist in obtaining names of referees from the young person.
Before the apprentice starts
The successful candidate will spend around an hour at Way2Work to discuss starting employment, and health and safety in the workplace. They will also be required to take literacy and numeracy tests if they do not have GCSE’s grade C or above in English and Maths gained within the last 5 years.
The three week settling-in period
A member of the Way2Work team will phone you and the new apprentice each week to check that you are both happy. Learners are not expected to do any apprenticeship training at this point except complete a health and safety workbook which they have been given. Attendance, punctuality, performance and support will be discussed by phone. If anything is concerning you please phone us immediately on 07821 808498 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 3 week visit
A member of the Way2Work team will visit your workplace at a time agreed with you. The purpose of this visit is to ensure that you and the young person are happy for employment to be confirmed and the apprenticeship training to begin. If all is well a brief overview of the training will be given usually lasting 45 to 60 minutes. Our training partners, Troy Solutions, will then be informed and an NVQ Assessor selected for your apprentice.
The first NVQ assessor visit
The assessor will phone you or the supervising manager to make a first appointment shortly after the 3 week visit has taken place. During this initial visit with you and the apprentice, a timescale for the apprenticeship and optional units for the NVQ will be discussed and agreed. Your assigned assessor will explain the apprenticeship in more detail and set the first work.
Time out of the workplace
Your apprentice will only be required to spend some time away from the workplace to be taught and to take tests if required. This is unlikely to be more than 8 days during the entire first year’s apprenticeship. The exact timing of these activities should be negotiated with your assessor.
Apprenticeship training in the workplace
Your assessor will visit every month for approximately 2 hours. You should be available for a few minutes at the end of each visit to help plan activities and give and receive feedback on performance. During the rest of the month the learner should be given up to 6 hours per week to work on their apprenticeship. The timing of these hours is up to you, but more than 3 hours at a time is probably inadvisable.