EDA Apprenticeships

Your business, our apprenticeship experts

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.

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A UK-wide apprenticeship service

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:

Register your apprenticeship enquiry with EDA head office

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:

T: 020 3141 7350

E: our training inbox here

Our trusted partners: introducing EDA Apprenticeships Plus

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.

Choose the service to suit your business

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:

  1. to recruit new talent to your team or
  2. to train the people you already employ. 
Using the EDA Apprenticeships Plus service to recruit a new member of your team
  1. You have fewer than 50 employees, and you do not pay the levy: you can use our ‘hosting service’ which we explain below. In doing so you would pay our 10% management fee and a 10% contribution towards the cost of training your apprentice (in England the government pays the other 90%). However, if you had the time and resources to source a training provider yourself, and you would need to find one who could access government funding, then as a small business you could avoid the 10% contribution towards the cost of that training.
  2. You have 50 employees or more, and you do not pay the levy: you can use the ‘hosting’ service provided by EDA Apprenticeships Plus which is explained below.
  3. You have 50 employees or more, and you pay the levy: EDA Apprenticeships Plus can recruit the apprentice for you and manage the training, but you will employ the apprentice in your business. As a levy payer, remember you can also take advantage of our Levy Management Service. 
Using the EDA Apprenticeships Plus service to train a current member of your team
  1. You have fewer than 50 employees, and you do not pay the levy: you can use the EDA Apprenticeships Plus team to manage all the liaison and negotiation with your training provider. 
  2. You have 50 employees or more, and you do not pay the levy: you can use the EDA Apprenticeships Plus team to manage all the liaison and negotiation with your training provider. 
  3. You have 50 employees or more, and you pay the levy: you can use the EDA Apprenticeships Plus team to manage all the liaison and negotiation with your training provider.  As a levy payer, remember you can also take advantage of our Levy Management Service. 

Our popular ‘hosting’ service supports you all the way

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.

  • Taking your brief: EDA Apprenticeships Plus will contact you to discuss the role;
  • Recruitment: they will run a recruitment campaign and shortlist candidates for you;
  • Interviews: once you’ve chosen your apprentice, EDA Apprenticeships Plus will handle all the hiring process for you;
  • HostingEDA Apprenticeships Plus will take care of all HR and payroll activity and you ‘host’ them in your business, in return for a management fee of 10% of your apprentice’s salary.
  • Training provider negotiations: EDA Apprenticeships Plus understand the training landscape and can help you take advantage of funding options and cash incentives. They’ll appoint a training provider from the roster of approved partners – only top performing training providers make the grade;
  • Legal, Payroll, HR management, and extended mentoring support: an on-going service for you and your apprentice delivered by the experts EDA Apprenticeships Plus.

What does my apprentice study and how are they trained?

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.
• Management
• Sales & Telesales
• Warehousing & Storage

No matter the subject focus of the apprenticeship, the training combines:

  • On-the-job training: working with experienced staff – you and your team – to learn job-specific skills;
    and
  • Off-the-job training: a minimum of 20% of your apprentice’s paid working hours must be dedicated to learning off-the-job. This can include working with their tutor for the teaching of theory, practical training (shadowing, mentoring, industry visits for example), learning support and time spent writing assessments/assignments.
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