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Apprenticeships

Supporting quality apprenticeships

Apprentices in workplaceApprenticeships are undergoing a revolution. Starting in May 2017, all employers operating in the UK with an annual pay bill over £3 million will have to pay a levy to the government. This will be used to fund the creation of up to 3 million new 'high quality' apprenticeships by 2020; employers will be able to tap into the funding for their own apprenticeship training and assessment programmes.

We will see apprenticeships expand across areas such as engineering, science, procurement, marketing, digital and health protection, and there will be higher-level apprenticeships in many of the industries where Prospect is active.

Prospect supports quality apprenticeships and wants to play a key role in the programme.

We are launching a strategy that will include a range of supporting initiatives for apprentices. This will be piloted in a number of our branches before being rolled out more widely, and will include:

apprentices leafletApprentices joining Prospect will pay a competitive subscription rate based on their salary, and will receive our core membership benefits such as informal and individual support and advice on issues at work, and collective representation. Members aged 30 or under will automatically belong to our national Young Professionals’ Network and, where available, can join their own branch YPNs.

 

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News updates

Apprenticeships agreement opens up new avenues for Prospect

A new agreement on employing apprentices across the civil service provides positive safeguards and opens up opportunities for Prospect to recruit across wider areas and occupations
Job/career options: nurse, doctor, police etc

Documents


0430 - Apprenticeships: The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and The Disclosure and Barring Service [DBS]   info
This update focuses on vetting requirements introduced by the new Apprenticeship Levy. Employers will need to vet staff who work with employees under the age of 18 by complying with DBS checks [formally CRB checks].
 02 March 2017 

Apprenticeship Strategy   info
Circular providing an update on the Apprenticeship strategy.
 01 March 2017 

How union membership can benefit you as an apprentice   info
Leaflet outlining the benefits of Prospect membership to workplace apprentices.
 28 November 2016