Apprenticeships: FAQs

Some frequently asked questions:

What is required of an employer?
All apprentices must be offered a contract of employment and paid an hourly wage to include their college time. Otherwise, they follow the same HR processes as any other employee.
Depending upon the apprenticeship they are completing, they will need to have off-the-job training equating to 20% of their working hours. For example: a Commis Chef is one day per week day-release.

What is the cost to an employer?
Contributions vary depending on the apprenticeship standard and organisation’s annual salary bill (£3M p.a.).
For example, L2 Commis Chef:
* Non-levy paying employer = £900 employer contribution to the College (£8,100 balance paid by Government).
* Levy paying employer = full £9,000 contribution to HMRC (refund/offset up to £15,000 across all apprentices).

When is the right time to register an interest for candidate apprentices?
Westminster Kingsway College (WKC) recommend anytime from April onwards.
WKC advertise for potential apprentices from the beginning of June for a September intake. This captures students who will be taking GCSE exams then.

What is the length of an apprenticeship course?
12 months training for each level, followed by an additional 3 months assessment period at the end.

What are the risks for an employer?
Minimal risk. A mentor must be allocated to monitor the training and development of the apprentice at work.
Therefore, time will need to be set aside for this. For example: a half-hour meeting every 2 weeks.
In some cases an apprentice may choose to leave employment. However, with careful selection, trial shifts, and monitoring this should be rare.

What are the benefits for an employer?
Encouraging new people into our industry, strengthening your workforce, and providing progression routes for the next generation of higher level staff within your teams.

How should employers register an interest in participating?
Please contact Sharon Barry directly at WKC (sharon.barry@westking.ac.uk) to begin the recruitment and selection of apprentices (do mention the Cooks programme). Sharon can explain the new Hospitality Standards and Government Apprenticeship Levy.

 

 

Some other useful notes:

* Hospitality Apprenticeships at a glance
* New Apprenticeship Levy

New Trailblazer Standards:

* Commis Chef - L2
* Senior Chef Production Cooking - L3
* Chef de Partie - L3
* Senior Chef Culinary Arts - L4

New Employer Occupational Brief:

* Commis Chef - L2
* Senior Chef Production Cooking - L3
* Chef de Partie - L3 (TBA)
* Senior Chef Culinary Arts - L4 (TBA)

Progression Templates:

* Commis Chef - L2
* Senior Chef Production Cooking - L3
* Chef de Partie - L3
* Senior Chef Culinary Arts - L4 (TBA)

Assessment Templates:

* Commis Chef - L2
* Senior Chef Production Cooking - L3
* Chef de Partie - L3
* Senior Chef Culinary Arts - L4 (TBA)