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An overview of apprenticeships
Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity to grow your own talent and bring fresh ideas into your practice. Apprenticeships broaden the scope of training and development for existing staff, whilst attracting new people to improve diversity within the workplace and bridging gaps in supply.
Bucks Training Hub (BTH) is working with local Federations and other partners to support practices to recruit Apprentices within Primary Care.
There are a wide range of clinical and non-clinical apprenticeships available, which can be a great way to fill a particular need in your practice. Non-clinical roles can help build skills in areas such as administration, customer service, health care, finance and IT for example. As well as your practice providing on-the-job training, apprentices will study with a training provider of your choice.
Identify a gap within your surgery and decide on the job role you wish to fill
Identify and contact the training provider for that job role
Advertise and recruit
Provide on-going support to the apprentice
Paying for apprenticeship training
Employers with a pay bill over £3 million each year, pay an apprenticeship levy. Levy paying employers can spend apprenticeship levy funding on apprenticeship training. Apprenticeship levy can only be used to fund eligible training costs.
How to access funding if you aren’t a levy paying employer
Non-levy paying employers can reserve 95% of the apprenticeship cost through government funding. This is called ‘co-investment’. Non-levy employers pay 5% towards the cost of apprenticeship training. The government will pay the rest (95%) up to the funding band maximum. The 95% funding is paid by the Government straight to the provider. The 5% employer contribution is paid to the provider by the employer.
Apprenticeships can also be funded via levy transfers; this is when a levy paying employer agrees to fund the course fees for an apprentice who is employed by a different employer.
Some apprenticeships, such as Nursing Associate & Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship, are supported by funding grants from HEE. Additionally the Nursing Associate and Nursing Associate Apprentice are ARRS (Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme) roles, which means their whole salary can be reimbursed, if employed by the PCN.
Please contact Bucks Training Hub for further advice and information.