Training team is on the look-out for seven employment apprenticeships

Through the Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, ABA Training Ltd wish to inform members of the business community that they currently have seven young people in the Haverhill area that will complete their level 1 employability course in mid-November, and are now looking for employment apprenticeships.

ABA Training is a private training provider which delivers the apprenticeship programme and supports each learner through his or her chosen course to a successful completion of the designated qualification. ABA Training Ltd has trained a number of apprentices in Business Administration up to Levels 2 & 3, who are now full time members of their administration team.

ABA Training Ltd works in association with Job Centre Plus and TCHC (The Consultancy Home Counties Ltd) to get young people into work.

Do any Haverhill companies have positions available within their organisations to give these local young people a chance?

If there is even the smallest chance of being able to do so, please give it your utmost consideration.

ABA advertises vacancies on the National Apprenticeship Service website, pre-screen all applicants, and then generate a shortlist of suitable candidates for interview with the potential employer.

After which, the apprentices are supported throughout the programme by an experienced team of assessors and administration personnel.

Companies are able to select the optional units of the chosen programme to fully meet the expectations of the job and, through regular mentoring; the apprentice will be fully trained in accordance with the company’s ethos. An AGE grant of £1,500 is claimable after 13 weeks of successful employment.

Under the new guidelines, employers can claim up to ten apprentice AGE grants. The guidelines further state that the grant is available for employers with less than 1,000 staff; to companies who have either never employed an apprentice before; or to those who have not employed an apprentice in the last 12 months.

Apprenticeships are full-time on-the-job learning with no requirement for day release to college.

The minimum wage paid to an apprentice is £2.65 per hour, and the apprentice must be employed for at least 30 hours per week, up to a maximum of 40 hours.

The age band 16–18 is a fully funded qualification and is funded through the Skills Funding Agency, whereas the 19-24 age group require an employer contribution. Level 2 apprenticeship programmes run for a minimum of 12 months, and Level 3 apprenticeship programmes run for a minimum of 18 months.