What are Apprenticeships?


Apprentices are wage-earning employees who work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Apprentices receive training “off the job” to work towards nationally recognized qualifications.

The Havilah Apprenticeship aims to support learners and employers alike. It gives learners the opportunity to enhance their career opportunities in the industry of their choice, whilst working. For employers, they build a skilled, knowledgeable and professional workforce to meet their business needs.


​An apprenticeship is made up of these main elements that are depicted on the chart:

Apprenticeships Elements

  • Competence Based Award
  • Knowledge Based Award
  • Functional Skills
  • PLTS
  • ERR


The Apprentice

What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice you’ll:
• work alongside experienced staff
• gain job-specific skills
• earn a wage and get holiday pay
• get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week)
Havilah Apprenticeships take 12 – 18 months to complete depending on their level.

Why do an Apprenticeship?

As well as giving you the opportunity to develop new skills, the Apprenticeship framework provides you with a better understanding of your current job role and the environment in which you are employed, it also enables you to gain nationally recognized qualifications, which will serve as a solid foundation for career progression and achievement of higher-level qualifications.

Don’t worry if you are not in employment; Havilah will help find you a placement to gain valuable experience that will not only compliment your qualifications but will also help you progress after the apprenticeship is over.

Who can apply?

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:
• 16 or over by the end of the summer holidays
• living in England
• not in full-time education

How to apply?

Contact us today and we will schedule an appointment for you to discuss your options with a member of our Apprenticeship Support Team.

The Employer

What are the benefits to you?

Apprenticeships allow you to harness new talent in your organisation; whilst improving your bottom line. It enhances the skills of employees, which will improve their performance in the workplace as well as greater business productivity. It also boosts the motivation and confidence of the employees, which can lead to reduced staff turnover. It provides an independent measure of performance against national standards.

The programme can support or compliment existing training and development, which could lead to increased efficiency and profitability.

What is the cost to you?

Levy Paying Employers 

  1. From 6th April, 2017, all employers operating in the UK, with an annual payroll of over £3 million will be required to pay a levy of 0.5%, regardless of whether they make use of the funding available for Apprenticeships.
  2. The 0.5% levy is on your full UK payroll bill, not just the amount over £3 million.
  3. Your ‘Pay bill’ will be based on total employee earnings subject to Class 1 secondary National Insurance Contributions (NICs).
  4. The levy will be payable through Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and will be payable alongside National Insurance and income tax
  5. Payment will be taken monthly, in real time, meaning as your pay bill changes each month, the levy amount taken will be reflected.
  6. The number of employees based in England will be calculated on a specific date using address data already held by HMRC.
  7. Although the levy is calculated based on your full UK pay bill, employers will only be able to spend their English portion on English Apprenticeship training.
  8. You will receive a levy allowance of £15,000 per tax year to offset against a levy payment made.
  9. If you take on Apprentices, you will receive further offsets in the form of top-ups from the Government. On a monthly basis, for every £1 paid into training an Apprentice, the Government will apply a further 10% top-up taking it to £1.10 in value. This means, employers in England who pay the levy and are committed to Apprenticeship training will be able to get more out than they pay in.
  10. An employer incentive of £1,000 per Apprentice will be made to all employers who employ an Apprentice aged 16-18 years old, or those aged 19-24 and who is a care leaver or has a Local Authority Education, Health & Care (EHC) plan.


Non-Levy Paying Employers 

  1. Businesses with an annual payroll cost of less than £3 million each year will not be required to pay the levyApprenticeships will be either fully-funded or co-funded by the Government.
  2. Employers with an annual payroll of less than £3 million will be required to pay 10% of the cost of each Apprenticeship. The remaining 90% will be paid for by the Government.
  3. Employers with 1-49 employees and who employs an Apprentice aged 16-18, or those aged 19-24 year old and who is a care leaver or who has a Local Authority Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, will pay 0% towards the cost of the Apprenticeship.
  4. An employer incentive of £1,000 per Apprentice will be made to all employers who employ an Apprentice aged 16-18 years old, or those aged 19-24 and who is a care leaver or has a Local Authority Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.
  5. For Apprentices under 25 years of age, the secondary Class 1 (employer) NIC will be removed on earnings up to the Upper Earnings Limit (currently £43k).
  6. All new and existing Apprenticeships will be placed into one of the 15 funding bands. The limit of these bands range from £1,500 to £27,000 and employers are expected to negotiate a price for Apprenticeship training.
  7. Funding bands will cap how much the Government will ‘co-invest’ if an employer does not pay the levy.
  8. Skills Funding Agency (SFA) funding rules apply to all Apprenticeships.
  9. The levy will not affect the way employers fund training for Apprentices who started their training before 1 May 2017. The funding for these Apprentices will continue under the terms and conditions that were in place at the time the Apprenticeship started.

What do we need to do now?

There are a few steps to hiring an apprentice and we make them as straightforward as possible. Contact us today to begin the process.

Apprenticeships we offer

We offer the following apprenticeships at intermediate and advanced and in some cases higher level.

In each section you can download the relevant handbook for more information.

Business Administration

Team Leading / Management

Customer Service

Health and Social Care

Healthcare Support Services

Residential Childcare

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Children and Young People's Workforce

Both our success rates and timely achievement rates have been consistently higher than the national average since 2010!

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to be a part of this golden success story


Browse through our range of courses, read about how we support our learners and then you can call us for more information, advice and guidance or apply via the Apply Here page


Additional Documentation

All the information needed for everyone embarking on an Apprenticeship journey


Havilah Prospects additional information handbook


Download our full course brochure

Current and potential employers
Please click here for our incredibly useful employer handbook


Apprenticeship Information
Apprenticeship delivery models

Apprenticeship journey illustration