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Frequently Asked Questions

Can existing staff start an Apprenticeship?

You can upskill your existing staff using an Apprenticeship framework. Download the Croydon College Application form below and send to apprenticeships@croydon.ac.uk.

Croydon College Application Form

What levels are available at Croydon College?

Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.

Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a Level 3 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.

What training do apprentices get?

As Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes, most of the training is ‘on the job’ – at your premises.

As the employer you must give your apprentices an induction into their role and provide on-the-job training. You are also responsible for paying your apprentices’ wages.

How many hours apprentices work?

Employment must be for at least 30 hours per week, except in the minority of circumstances where the learner cannot complete the full 30 hours. In these cases employment must be for more than 16 hours per week.

What are my responsibilities as an employer?

As their employer, you must give your apprentices an induction into their role and provide on-the-job training. You are also responsible for paying your apprentices’ wages.

Will there be a mountain of paperwork?

No. There is a need to ensure that the training provided is of a high quality, and that the public funding provided is used for training – but this is not a bureaucratic process.

What is the Apprentice National Minimum Wage?

A National Minimum Wage for apprentices was introduced on 1 October 2010. The wage applies to all apprentices aged under 19; and apprentices aged 19 or over in the first year of their Apprenticeship.

The apprentice minimum wage is currently £2.60 per hour and applies to time working, plus time spent training that is part of the Apprenticeship. Employers are free to pay above the new wage and many do so, but employers must ensure that they are paying their apprentices at least the minimum wage.

If an apprentice is on a higher wage, the employer must continue to pay that for the remainder of the training or until the apprentice becomes eligible for the full national minimum wage.

What can Croydon College do for you?

A Business Development Advisor will work with you to:

• Help you decide which Apprenticeship is right for you;
• Explain the way that Apprenticeships might work for you;
• Recruit an apprentice or support your existing staff into
Apprenticeships;
• Agree a training plan with your apprentice;
• Manage the training and evaluation;
• Ensure that national quality standards are met and deliver integrated and coherent training.