Recruiting an apprentice, researching training courses, contracting with training providers, managing your apprentice’s payroll and HR support all takes time and effort, notwithstanding the specialist knowledge needed to navigate the apprenticeship and training landscape.
With so many calls on your time, you need a service that’s easy to use and takes the extra workload off your hands. It’s why we at the EDA have teamed up with the experts at EDA Apprenticeships Plus, who have been supporting our members since 2011.
The EDA Apprenticeship programme is available across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, but please bear in mind that the apprenticeship offer is different in each of the devolved nations.
You can find out about the key features of apprenticeships in each country.
Below we introduce our trusted partners, EDA Apprenticeships Plus, and explain how their service works. You can also use the links below to find out about:
If you can’t find the information you’re looking for here and you’ve got a question, or when you’re ready to talk to us about your business benefitting from the EDA Apprenticeship Programme, register your enquiry with the EDA head office:
EDA Apprenticeships Plus has worked in partnership with the EDA since 2011.
Their team has extensive experience in education and training and their role is to deliver a bespoke service to guide and support you through every aspect of the apprenticeship process, whether you are a manager or an apprentice.
Their extensive knowledge of the training landscape in the UK can also help your business take advantage of any prevailing government cash incentives.
EDA Apprenticeships Plus offers a menu of services depending upon the size of your business and whether you are a levy payer. Here’s a summary to guide you but we’ll be able to talk you through your options.
And remember, apprenticeship training can be used in one of two ways:
The ‘hosting’ service is the most popular service for EDA members and affiliates. Very simply, EDA Apprenticeships Plus employs your apprentice and you ‘host’ them in your business.
Your first step is to register your interest with the EDA. Contact us on 020 3141 7350 or email our dedicated inbox
Once you’ve started the process, this is how the hosting service works. Each step of the way you’ll have access to an Account Manager from EDA Apprenticeships Plus.
The pension options for the apprentice depend on their employment status: is the apprentice is employed by EDA Apprenticeships Plus or by your business?
If you choose the ‘hosting’ option, EDA Apprenticeships Plus is the apprentice’s employer and operates the NEST pension scheme. This government run scheme is auto-enrolment compliant and allows apprentices direct online access to their own pension scheme information. Apprentices who meet the qualifying criteria – over 22 years and earning more than £10,000 per year – are automatically enrolled into the pension scheme. They may opt out if they choose.
As the ‘host’ employer, you may wish to offer the apprentice the opportunity to opt into your workplace pension scheme. You will need to confirm with your pension scheme whether this is possible. As the apprentice is employed by EDA Apprenticeships Plus, as an Apprenticeship Training Agency, and you ‘host’ the apprentice you may not be able to enrol the apprentice in your pension scheme as they are not a direct employee of your company.
2. If you employ the apprentice in your business
Every employee, including apprentices, aged over 22 years and earning more than £10,000 per year must be automatically enrolled in an occupational pension scheme. Employers are obliged to make contributions to the scheme on your employees’ behalf at a rate of 1 per cent of the apprentice’s qualifying earnings. As at April 2018 this contribution is 2% in April 2018, rising to 3% in April 2019.
Your apprentice studies framework or standard that’s the best match their job role and level. There are hundreds of apprenticeships available, from entry-level (Level 2, which is GSCE equivalent) right up to post-graduate degrees.
Your Apprenticeship Account Manager will work with you to agree on the best apprenticeship for your opportunity, but the most in-demand apprenticeship by EDA members and affiliates are:
• Business & Administration
• Customer Service
• Trade Business Services (Wales only)
• Trade Supplier Level 2 (England only) – the brand new apprenticeship created by wholesalers for wholesalers. Download your factsheet here.
• Sales & Telesales
• Warehousing & Storage
No matter the subject focus of the apprenticeship, the training combines: