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    IT Apprentice

    I know there have probably been multiple threads on Apprenticeships, but where does one start to seek an interested candidate.

    We have just had IT Apprenticeships in and it seems ok, but they only do a one year course and the candidate is one week in training and one week with us. To me to have a whole week out maybe a pain...

    The rate is minimum £2.68 per hour which seems a little low..

    Anyone used these guys or recommendations on other training companies to use?

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    Is there not a local college who do such things? Swindon New College?Fast Forward is one day a week I think
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    My college reached out to schools, you should do the opposite. Find out who heads the IT support courses and see if their leavers are interested. They know their students better than any company.

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    We use ABA Training who are the go-to organisation for many of our local schools. Probably a little too far afield for you guys but I think there's probably a large number of equivalent organisations.

    We've also taken on quite a few directly from some of our local schools. We do quite a lot with various careers departments.

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    I am currently an apprentice and all my training is done with Fast Forward! The hours are really flexible and I was out only one day a week for about three months.

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    NSA / National School Apprenticeships

    http://schoolapprenticeships.co.uk/
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    @sippo we get asked by QA often about it, might be worth checking with them?

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    I used to run IT apprenticeship schemes for a company a few years back, keep my hand in the game. Experiences and programs will vary provider to provider. 1 week on 1 week off sounds very bad! Apprenticeships should focus as much time on the working and less on the studying as possible (and appropriate). It is just as much about learning how to work as well as learning the theory.

    £2.68 is national minimum wage for 16-18 age group and often is all that is paid (remember they are getting your time and patience as well as free training from both you and provider). It is not ideal by any stretch of the imagination, and rules are changing on this again I believe so keep an eye on this. Personally, I always promote paying whatever you would pay an IT technician that is not an apprentice, give them confidence and self worth goes a long way!

    Whatever you do, check out the company you use fully for their experience, their OfSTED results, their success rates. QA have decent rep (they are national). There have been high profile cases where companies have not treated their apprentices well (Zenos is one! Just search Google for this. Panorama did a whole program on it).

    Happy to answer any other questions on this subject if you have them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve21 View Post
    @sippo we get asked by QA often about it, might be worth checking with them?

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    They actually 'cold called' today so have asked them about apprentices, and have also contacted new college.

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    In regards to pay, at the apprenticeships I have looked at (they are in London), most IT Support based apprenticeships pay around £150 a week, with some of the highest ones being up to £320 a week.

    Even outside of London, Chelmsford College is offering £100.50 per week, and that seems to be the average from what I've been looking at.


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    We approached Employers - Apprenticeships directly. They asked if we wanted to work with a local college or a company as the provider. We decided to go with the local college. They came in and discussed everything with us. We gave them a job spec and they advertised the apprenticeship on our behalf. We had 3 candidates apply. We decided that the minimum wage was too low and set the wage at £4.50 per hour for full time hours. We have now got a really good apprentice.
    Our apprentice goes to college 1 day a week and we can ask for him to miss the odd week if we are really busy.
    Its working out quite well.

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    We've these sort of things, how does the finance side work? Do you pay the company a 'recruiting fee'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sippo View Post
    We've these sort of things, how does the finance side work? Do you pay the company a 'recruiting fee'?
    We didn't pay anything. In fact we got £1500 as a grant for taking on the apprentice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    We didn't pay anything. In fact we got £1500 as a grant for taking on the apprentice.

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    How long ago was this? I thought grants had disappeared now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREED View Post
    How long ago was this? I thought grants had disappeared now.
    This was last April (2013). Our Apprentice is on a 2 year apprenticeship but I know the grants are still available.
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