Apprenticeships are work based training programmes for new or existing employees designed around the needs of an organisation. Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16 or over.

Apprentices work towards a nationally recognised work based qualification. Rathbone training provides qualifications at Level 2 or Level 3. This proves someone can do a particular job.

Apprentices get a Technical Certificate, which recognises the knowledge needed to do a role. Apprentices also develop key work based skills, like numeracy, communications and ICT.

The specific content of an apprenticeship depends on the business sector and the kind of role an apprentice is employed for. Most learning happens on the job, where apprentices learn from experienced colleagues. There may be some time away from the workplace, for apprentices to learn and practice new skills.

We work with employers to identify the exact areas of a business where employees will benefit most from training.

We discuss which training routes will be most beneficial and cost effective.

If needed, we manage recruitment for the employer, including helping identify the appropriate qualification for the job, advertising the role and short listing candidates.

We introduce the apprentice to the employer, or talk to existing employees to explain the process. We explain the training programme and how we will help them succeed.
We deliver planned training with regular updates on progress.

Employers are allocated a dedicated business account advisor to support them throughout the process.

Apprenticeships normally last 1 to 2 years, depending on the level and how fast someone learns. We agree a target completion date with apprentices at induction. 

Apprentices get:

  • A National Vocational Qualification (NVQ), a certificate or a diploma, which proves an apprentice has skills to do the job.
  • A Technical Certificate to show they have the technical knowledge needed.
  • Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT.
  • Apprentices will also gain an understanding of employee rights and responsibilities.

As a learner an apprenticeship costs you nothing and you should be paid at least the minimum apprenticeship wage of £3.70 per hour. 

This is what many employers tell us. Most training takes place in the workplace. Our practical, work-based programmes are flexible to suit employer needs and can fit around business commitments and priorities.

We use teaching methods and materials that can be followed independently by employees. There may be some ‘off the job’ training but we’re confident that this will be more than compensated by increased performance and commitment from employees.

That’s OK. We can manage the whole process for you. This includes identifying the appropriate qualification for the job role, advertising the post and helping you shortlist candidates.

We have a pool of young people who are ready to work and eager to make the right contribution to your business.

Yes. If you’re unsure about making a commitment, we can provide an apprentice on placement for an initial trial period at no cost to you.

Our experience shows that employers who start this way are soon keen to employ the apprentice once they see the difference it makes to their business.

The young people we work with are currently in training or in work placements so they know what it’s like in the workplace. They already have the communications, numeracy and ICT skills needed. 

We are here to help. You will select the apprentice to meet your business needs and will get to know one another during the placement stage.

If there are any issues, we’re on hand to help resolve them. If work is ‘slow’, we can help by accelerating the training element of the apprenticeship until work picks up again.

We do ask that once you agree to train an apprentice, that you commit, with our support, to help the young person achieve their apprenticeship.

Apprentices are employees, as such there are all the usual costs, such as employers national insurance and pension contributions.

The minimum wage for apprentices is currently £3.70 per hour.

If you are a levy payer you will need to pay for the training and assessment of your apprentices. Your levy funds can be used for this.

Non levy payers need to pay 10% of the training costs with government paying the remaining 90%. There are some special allowances for small employers (less than 5 employees).

The Apprenticeship Levy is a UK business levy to be used from May 2017 to fund apprenticeship training. The levy will only be paid by companies with annual pay bills in excess of £3 million, and will be payable at 0.5% of the total pay bill (i.e. not just the element over £3 million) minus a "levy allowance" of £15,000.

The levy will be paid through the Pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) process alongside payment of Income Tax and National Insurance contributions.

The use of the levy for funding apprenticeships which commence after 1 May 2017 will be the responsibility of the Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency in England.

There will be separate arrangements in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, since apprenticeships are a devolved policy.

The levy payments will be managed by the digital apprenticeship service  

All employers will receive an incentive payment of £1000 for employing an apprentice from any of the following categories:

  • Aged 16 to 18
  • A care leaver aged 19 to 24
  • Aged 19 to 24 with a Local Authority Education, Health and Care plan

Small employers (less than 50 employees) in England, who are not levy payers can get 100% apprenticeship funding from the government, if the apprentice fits any of these criteria:

  • Aged 16 to 18
  • A care leaver aged 19 to 24
  • Aged 19 to 24 with a Local Authority Education, Health and Care plan