Apprenticeships are more popular than ever, offering an excellent entry to a successful career, and are highly respected across business and industry.
A modern apprenticeship scheme is dynamic. A modern apprenticeship scheme receives Government funding. A modern apprenticeship scheme constitutes a fantastic return on investment for employees and employers.
Our scheme is designed for a new and existing workforce. Our scheme is for those wishing to learn. Our scheme is for those looking to step up a gear. Our scheme is your journey.
Choose an ICON Apprenticeship scheme that supports you and your team throughout the training process, with direction from a training provider and mentoring from your employer representative.
So, what are the benefits of an ICON Apprenticeship scheme?
- Earn while you learn, and pay no fees for the privilege. The average university debt is estimated at £44,035*
- The current Government has committed to making 3 million new apprentices between 2015 and 2020
- 85% of apprentices believe they have improved at what they love doing**
- No need to choose between a degree and an apprenticeship. With degree equivalent, Level 6 Apprenticeships now available, and more being developed daily, your apprenticeship scheme can progress with you and your career
- Learn with your hands on the wheel, with access to industry professional mentors and assessors
- Get more out of life: boost confidence, communication, and clarity. Skills from the work place are skills for life
- Become a valuable team member: a ready qualified, independent, commercial thinker
- Make yourself make a difference
If you are a potential learner looking to start an apprenticeship, you can find and apply for vacancies here.
Apprenticeships in Wales will offer considerable benefits to society and the economy above and beyond improving employment prospects for young people and adult learners. They provide people with the opportunity to develop job–related competencies, technical skills, numeracy and literacy skills and self-esteem. They also play an important role in helping to tackle youth unemployment.
The current Welsh Government is committed to delivering a minimum of 100,000 quality Apprenticeships during this Assembly term, available to people of all ages, with the opportunity of gaining sustained employment and self-employment.
Employees in Wales will be able to access and engage in high quality training across a range of sectors that will drive the knowledge based economy.
- Pay no National Insurance contributions for an apprentice under 25. This is an annual saving of £950+***
- Receive financial incentives from government of anything from £500 – £10,800 per apprentice
- Complimentary recruitment service supplied by ICON
- Attract young talent to your business, before your competitors, who can grow with your company and uphold your brand standards
- Recruit from your local community and benefit from the local PR
- Develop your existing workforce by progressing them to a higher level role. Apprenticeships are not just for young people, but existing staff too
- 70% of employers reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service****
- From April 2017 employers with a payroll over £3,000,000 will pay a levy of 0.5% of their payroll on a “use it or lose it” basis. See our levy calculator for more details
- Retain staff for at least 366 days whilst they complete their apprenticeship
Apprenticeships in Wales are the main vehicle for ‘earn as you learn’ training: Apprentices are employed and their employer is committed to providing access to training and in–work support. Employers are responsible for providing appropriate on the job training, support and paying the apprentice for the duration of the Apprenticeship.
By the end of this assembly term the Welsh Government would have delivered clearer pathways into Apprenticeships for 16-19 year olds where opportunities/vacancies are openly promoted by employers to attract the best candidates.
Learners who left programme in 2015/16 with ICON in Wales 92% of them achieved
Creating an environment for success is more than just about training, it’s creating a place where people grow in confidence, a place where people flourish, a place where every day is a good day to come to work.
“Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to,” Richard Branson. *****
If you are an employer looking to start an apprenticeship scheme, click here to register your interest.
**Apprenticeship Evaluation: survey of learners (2014)
***Based on an apprentice earning National Living Wage or approx. £0.46p per hour per apprentice, working 40 hours per week
****Apprenticeship Evaluation: survey of employers (2014)
The Apprenticeship, Traineeship and Jobs Growth Wales programmes, led by the Welsh Government, are supported by the European Social Fund