Employers must sign an apprenticeship agreement with the apprentice, which details how long they will be employed, the training they will receive, their working conditions, and the qualifications they are working towards.
Apprenticeship commitment statement
Employers must sign an apprenticeship commitment statement with the apprentice and the training provider, which details the planned content and schedule of training, expectations and offer of the employer, training organisation and the apprentice, and how to resolve queries or complaints.
Employers will need to create an employer account on the government apprenticeship website to manage apprenticeship training and costs. The employer account facilitates the financial management of apprenticeships, including gaining access to government funding and making payments to providers, in addition to approving training costs. The account also helps to manage the wider training relationship with providers, such as allocating tasks and providing feedback. Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) stipulate the funding rules for apprenticeship which will require close monitoring to ensure compliance.
Employers will need to ensure that they have processes in place to monitor the quality of their apprenticeship provision including the creation of a Self-Assessment Report (SAR) and Quality Improvement Plan (QIP).
Ofsted requirements will need to be met as detailed in the Education Inspection Framework (EIF) and Further Education and Skills Inspection Handbook which sets standards for training providers as well as employer providers.
Main providers and employer providers will need ensure adequate resources are available to monitor the progress of apprentices and the quality of training.