Hire an Apprentice

HSDC is one of Hampshire’s leading providers of recruitment, learning and development. For over 40 years, we have delivered a wide range of training to meet the needs of employers and individuals.

Trusted by employers large and small, HSDC works with businesses to identify their training needs and deliver flexible, high quality training programmes, with high levels of employer and learner satisfaction. We’re in the top three of providers for employer satisfaction in the region (Department of Education FE Choices employer satisfaction: skills area file 2018 to 2019).

At HSDC we have a highly experienced team on hand to support you from start to finish. From selecting programmes, recruiting the right candidates and delivering excellent training programmes, we are dedicated to ensuring every aspect of the journey meets your business needs.

Whether taking on a new member of staff or upskilling your current workforce, we can adapt our model from our classrooms to your workplace, provide staff to work on site and offer bespoke, flexible delivery to meet your employee’s needs.

 

Apprenticeships allow individuals to develop industry level skills and gain recognised formal qualifications alongside their job role. They can benefit businesses in many ways:

• Improve your productivity

• Create your workforce of the future

• Increase the skills of your entire workforce

• Recruit from our talent pool of young people

• See a genuine return on your investment

• Bring new skills into your organisation

• Upskill current staff members

HSDC offers a wide range of courses in different industry sectors.

We can work with you to create a bespoke programme, whether it be taking on a new member of staff or upskilling your current workforce. Speak to one of our Apprenticeship experts who will work with you to support your business needs.

The range of areas we provide Apprenticeships in include:

    • Accounting
    • Adult Health Care
    • Business and Administration
    • Customer Service
    • Creative Content
    • Child Care
    • Engineering
    • Health and Social Care
    • Hospitality and Catering
    • Laboratory Technician / Science
    • Team Leading and Management
    • Warehousing

 

CAN’T SEE WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR?

Speak to one of our Apprenticeship team who can provide further information and guidance and answer any further questions you may have about the College’s wider offer.

Call us on 023 9279 4661.

Apprenticeship programmes vary greatly dependant on sector area and level, however all set out clear knowledge, skills and behaviours that support employment needs.

At HSDC, we deliver up to degree level, across several sectors and our team can work with you to design a package of training and qualifications to meet your business needs.

 

Below are the qualification levels we offer:

LEVEL 4/5
HIGHER LEVEL (FOUNDATION DEGREE EQUIVALENT)
Apprentices work towards work-based competencies and knowledge in order to achieve the Standard or Framework Qualifications at Level 4/5, such as an HNC & Level 4/5 Diploma, and any required Functional Skills.

LEVEL 3
ADVANCED LEVEL (A LEVEL EQUIVALENT)
Apprentices work towards work-based learning competencies and knowledge in order to achieve either the Standard or Framework Qualifications such as a Level 3 NVQ, and any required Functional skills.

LEVEL 2
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL (GCSE EQUIVALENT)
Apprentices work towards work-based competencies and knowledge in order to achieve the Standard or Framework Qualifications at Level 2, and any required Functional Skills.

Anyone aged 16 or over can become an Apprentice, even those with a degree can now retrain in a subject that is materially different from their original degree. The focus of an Apprenticeship is to develop industry specific skills. It is about the skills you need to learn, not the skills you already have.

Apprenticeships generally last between one and six years depending on the level and based on the Apprentice’s competence and experience. It is now possible to achieve degree and master level qualifications through an Apprenticeship.

Most Apprenticeships involve a combination of classroom taught sessions and work-based assessments to evidence skills in practice.

As an employer, you are required to commit to 20% off-the-job training for both new Apprentices and existing staff starting an Apprenticeship to learn new skills. This requirement can be met by a number of different methods, including attending classroom taught sessions, spending time shadowing different departments and higher level positions, conducting research and working on assignments and portfolio work.

You will be involved in the shaping of the Apprenticeships for your business. For organisations that have a number of staff looking to upskill, HSDC will work with you to develop a bespoke Apprenticeship delivery model on your premises to meet your business needs.

 

WHAT DO I AS THE EMPLOYER NEED TO DO?

In order for your business to make the most of an Apprentice, you must have:

• A work-based Mentor to be able to support the Apprentice’s skills development in the workplace

• A job role that provides the opportunity to learn the skills that the Apprenticeship requires

Contractually, you must commit to:

• The Apprentice having a contract of employment for the duration of the Apprenticeship with a minimum of 30 hours per week

• Having Employers Liability Insurance with a minimum of £5 million

• Allowing the Apprentice time to comply with the 20% off-the-job training

• Pay the Apprentice a minimum of the Apprentice minimum wage, and national minimum wage in the second year of the Apprenticeship if they are aged 19 years or over

 

Dependant on the size of your business and the age of your Apprentice, there may be a cost to take on an Apprentice. The Government set these costs based on the size of the business.

 

Under 50 employees
• If you employ an Apprentice aged 16-18, the Government will fund 100% of the programme fees. In addition to this, there is also a £1,000 incentive payment paid in two instalments
• If you employ an Apprentice aged 19+, you are required to coinvest 5% towards the cost of the training

 

More than 50 employees (but don’t pay the Levy)
• You are required to co-invest 5% of the programme fees for any aged Apprentice
• If you employ an Apprentice aged 16-18, you will receive a £1,000 incentive payment paid in two instalments

 

Levy Payer (payroll exceeds £3 million)
• The full cost of the programme for any aged Apprentice will be taken in monthly instalments from your Digital Account
• Should you have exhausted all levy funds, you will be required to co-invest 5% of the programme fees
• If you employ an Apprentice aged 16-18, you will receive a £1,000 incentive payment paid in two instalments

HSDC provides a comprehensive end-to-end recruitment service which includes:

• Your very own recruitment consultant offering support in candidate selection and screening

• Full job description support

• Advertising on national and regional job boards

• Pre-interviewing and shortlisting of candidates

• Interview support for candidates and employers

• Post-interview follow up for unsuccessful applicants

• Initial assessment of candidates Maths and English

 

We also run:

• Recruitment events for individual businesses

• Large recruitment fairs for all businesses across the sectors

• Business Breakfasts

• Annual Careers Fair

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