Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to all your questions about apprenticeships & training right here

Employer FAQs

At TACS we stick to our mission, and:

Empower learners with knowledge that shapes their future,
Create innovative learning solutions that excite learners and their employers,

Provide contextualised, bespoke learning solutions which are meaningful to our learners,
Provide the type of quality that meets regulatory standards and exceeds our customers’.

We have a track record of significantly returning on our client's investments & boast a 94% completion rate across our programmes.

Typically 12-18 months across our programmes.

If apprenticeships are too long for you, we also offer short courses.

If current members of staff use apprenticeships as an upskilling exercise, they would typically remain on their current wage.

If you are looking to recruit an apprentice:

The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £4.81 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year of an apprenticeship.

As learners progress and develop their skills within the business, employers often increase this with the average weekly wage for apprentice’s totalling to £170 per week.

Apprentices who are 19 or over and not in the first year of their apprenticeship are entitled to the relevant national minimum wage for their age.

Funding is typically available to support 95% of the cost of your apprentice’s training. There is currently support for employers to contribute to any new apprentice's salary. The TACS team are on hand to discuss funding options and support you with eligibility criteria and how you can apply. We also offer free advice and guidance on The Apprenticeship Levy.

In terms of eligibility, individuals are able to undertake an apprenticeship at a higher level than a qualification they currently hold, including any previously completed apprenticeships. They can also undertake an apprenticeship at the same level, or lower level than a qualification they already hold as long as the new apprenticeship allows for new skills to be acquired and the content of the training is materially different from any previous qualification or apprenticeship.

Find out more about the employer funding that is available.

20% off-the-job training is when an apprentice undertakes learning outside of the workplace which leads towards the achievement of their apprenticeship.
As an employer, you will support the off the job learning hours by allowing the apprentice time in their contracted working hours to complete guided learning, directed online learning and completion of assignments.

Learner FAQs

An apprenticeship is a government funded programme combining practical training in a paid job with theoretical study in the classroom. Designed for individuals over the age of 16, as an apprentice you will finish with a nationally recognised qualification and be equipped with the skills and experience for future employment. Experiencing new challenges, an apprenticeship is a real alternative to getting onto the career ladder without concerns over debt from attending university.

As an apprentice, you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage. This is set at an hourly rate of £4.81, however many employers choose to pay more than this or increase the rate after the employee has been within the company for a certain amount of time.

Depending on the course and level you are working towards, apprenticeships generally last anywhere between 1-4 years.

A ‘standard’ developed by employer trailblazer groups, an apprenticeship is a set of qualifications that shows you have experience in your area of interest.

There are three different levels of apprenticeships on offer through Northern Skills Group:

  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeship (learning towards level 2 - equivalent to five GCSE's at grade C or one A level)
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship (learning towards level 3 - equivalent to two A Levels)
  • Higher Level Apprenticeship (learning towards level 4- equivalent to a Foundation Degree)

As an employee you are entitled to a minimum of 20 days per holiday year, in addition to Bank Holidays.

Need More Details?

For further information, advice and guidance on apprenticeships please visit the national careers service website.