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Employers with Existing Employees FAQ

Apprenticeships Frequently Asked Questions, by employers, about existing employees

Employer with New Employees

If you want to take on a new employee through the use of governemt-funded Apprenticeships please see the Employers with New Employees FAQ.

Employers with Existing Employees FAQ

  1. How long does the Apprenticeship last?

    Apprenticeships can take from 12 to 22 months to complete, dependent on the sector. If you are then willing to continue supporting the learner, they can then progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship.

  2. How much work will be involved for my staff?

    The employer should not be faced with any more work than that they would give any new employee. They will be expected to give the new apprentice a thorough induction at the start of their training and be available to answer questions during the early stages of employment. We will expect each employer to appoint a named 'Workplace Mentor'. The Workplace Mentor will be responsible for providing day to day guidance to the apprentice during their time on programme, spending about five minutes every two – three weeks when our Training Advisor visits the apprentice to carry out assessment and meeting with the Training Advisor for about 15 - 30 minutes every 10 weeks to review their progress.

  3. How long will the apprentice be away for off-the-job training?

    Depending on age and experience but generally the apprentice will be required to attend our training centre for off-the-job training one day every two weeks during the programme, depending on the subject and level of study. If the apprentice needs to complete functional skills they may be asked to attend more frequently. The employer must be able to evidence any additional training that is undertaken as government guidelines state each learner must complete 20% off-the-job training while completing their qualification.

  4. Will we be required to deliver any of the training?

    Much of the informal learning will take place during their time in employer working with their colleagues and the children. Formal, planned and structured learning will delivered by RWP when the apprentice attends their off-the-job training sessions one day every two weeks.

  5. Is there much paperwork or administration involved?

    At the start of the programme, there will be a number of forms to complete prior to taking on the apprentice. Staff from RWP will be available to help guide you through the process. Employer and learner satisfaction survey's will also be completed throughout the qualification.

  6. Will visiting Tutors / Assessors be DBS checked?

    Yes, all staff employed by RWP Training have been DBS checked prior to employment.