What is an apprenticeship?
How apprenticeships work for you
Apprentices spend most of the time working
80% in fact. Completing work projects – doing all the things they’re learning, right away on the job.
The rest of the time, they’ll be learning.
In lots of different ways. With tonnes of support – from a QA skills coach, tutors, and our learner services team.
Identified a skills gap? We've got it covered
Whether you are growing your business at pace, need more technical skills or perhaps you want to improve skills in leadership? Apprenticeships offer an excellent solution.
Find and develop local talent
Grow your future. Create an entry-level talent programme – create a leadership training programme – develop digital specialists. There are many ways apprenticeships could work for you.
Our digital apprenticeship specialisms
What makes QA’s apprenticeships special?
Our aim? Develop worthwhile futures. We put hard work into creating apprenticeships that build beneficial skills.
That’s why our apprenticeships are guided by our (very unique) design principles – which focus us on doing just that.
Technology is entwined in our lives. And for good reason – it makes things easier. We put technology front and centre of our programmes. We also use it to help you learn – anytime, anywhere.
Job specific and relevant
Our apprenticeships are designed around roles and occupations. We develop the right technical skills for the role – and the right people skills (which are just as important).
We teach people how to do things, not how to pass tests.
Our apprenticeships are career-changing. We design progression options (like degree and Master's apprenticeships) – to take people and organisations as far as they want to go.
Information. Guidance. Impact. Everything you need to know about the apprenticeship levy
Introduced in April 2017, the apprenticeship levy is a government initiative to fund apprenticeships. You’ll only pay the levy if you have a total wage bill over £3 million.
The government committed to 3 million apprenticeship starts in England by 2020. So, the levy was created to fund this. Their goal? To encourage more people to hire apprentices – and help reduce skills gaps in the UK.
Download our apprenticeship levy guide for more on what the levy is the positive impact it’s had so far.
Funding in England
Do you pay the apprenticeship levy?
If you do, you’ll use the apprenticeship service to fund your apprenticeships. If you’ve used all the funds you have available – then the 10% contribution applies. (so you’ll pay 10% of the total cost for any additional apprenticeships you have, after your fund is used up).
Do you pay the apprenticeship levy?
Additional incentives in England
All employers in England will receive a £1,000 incentive payment for each 16-18 year old apprentice. The incentive will be paid to you by your training provider in two equal instalments – at 3 and 12 months.
This incentive also applies to 19-24 year old apprentices who have been in care, or who have a Local Authority Education, Health or Care plan.
Funding in Scotland
How can QA help with the apprenticeship levy?
We’ll work alongside you – understanding what the levy means for you and how to use it best. How? We use the following three steps:
Consult – we’ll work together to understand what levy funds you have – and what you want to get out of it.
Advise – we’ll analyse how you could use the levy wisely – to meet your goals. We’ll spell it out for you – giving clear recommendations that achieve what you set out to do.
Implement – once we’ve nailed down what you need, we’ll work together, putting it into practice. It could be hiring one apprentice, or creating a much bigger talent development programme – whatever it is, we’ll set it up with you.
Amazing places hire amazing people
We’ve kick-started over 25,000 careers through apprenticeships. Working with amazing businesses – from quirky start-ups to major, multinational companies.
We use our experience to find you the right person – perfectly matched to you. And, once we’ve found them for you, they’ll learn their craft with us. We specialise in recruiting young people – we’ve tried, tested and innovated our recruitment process to get it spot on. It doesn’t matter if you’re hiring 5 people or 100 – you don’t have to worry about job ads, or sifting through CVs. We’ll do it all. Seriously. We write engaging job ads – promote your opportunities (we’ve got a huge network to get tonnes of interest) – process applications – manage interviews. The whole lot.
What do our apprentices think?
Being runner-up for the Microsoft Apprentice of the Year awards and promoted to Head of IT for eCourier. After completing my Microsoft apprenticeship, I took a risk and started a personal training squad called WeGym, now a profitable organisation in its third year.
I started on the IT Service Desk and progressed to IT Governance, which has provided me with two very unique views and experiences at Financial Times.