Apprenticeships and Funding

Apprenticeships Good for Business

If you employ, or are looking to employ, accounts trainees aged 16-23, who are non-graduates and will be employed for 30+ hours per week, then you should be enrolling them on our AAT Flexible Apprenticeship programme. For those aged 16-18 funding covers the full cost of the course, With partial funding for 19-23, topped up by a small employer contribution.

Although traditionally undertaken via a day release course with a ‘set’ timetable, we have a growing number of students enrolling on our Flexible Apprenticeship programme, where classroom attendance is replaced by regular site visits for learner reviews and 1:1 tutor support, supplemented by our distance learning training.

For more information, click below to download a factsheet, and an enrolment form, which sets out the “19-23” employer contribution.

Flexible Apprenticeships Factsheet & Flexible Apprenticeship Enrolment Form

Because there is no set course timetable, apprentices can start their course at any time. They can also take their exams when they are ready, not when a class timetable tells them to. For most of our apprentices, this means ahead of their original planned date. Although the government now require that all Apprenticeships must last at least 12 months, for those of our learners who complete their AAT exams earlier than this, we allow them to start studying their next level before the end of the current apprenticeship.

When we perform our site visits, we are able to provide 1:1 tutor guidance, often working through feedback on progress tests submitted since our last visit. This, with the tutor contact in-between visits, often means that apprentices get more 1:1 support than they would on a traditional classroom-based course. They can also work at their own pace, not the pace of the rest of the class.

On the initial visit and each subsequent visit, we will discuss plans and progress with the employer as well as encouraging the apprentice to relate their studies to the workplace and to realise that their studies are as much about developing their accounting skills as it is about passing exams. We don’t want them to qualify and still not be able to balance the bank!!

£1,500 AGE Grant for Apprentices

Apprenticeship grants of £1,500 are currently available to employers recruiting Apprentices aged between 16 and 24.

To be eligible, employers must have fewer than 1,000 employees and have not started an Apprentice in the past 12 months. The offer currently runs to December 2015, but is dependent on continued availability of funds – i.e. until the funding pot is empty.

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