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Apprenticeships

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What is an Apprenticeship?

 

Apprenticeships combine training in a job with study with hands-on experience, a salary and the chance to train while you work. Apprentices are treated just like all the other employees, with a contract of employment and holiday leave.

Apprenticeships are available if you’re 16 or over and you can become an apprentice as long as you spend at least 50% of your working hours in England - for the duration of the apprenticeship and you are not in full-time education.

As an apprentice you will:

·       work alongside experienced staff

·       gain job-specific skills

·       earn a wage and get holiday pay

·       get time for study related to your role

 

For further information, please contact our dedicated apprenticeship team on apprenticeships@universalskillsgroup.co.uk or click the button below.

Apprenticeship Levy

If you’re an employer with a pay bill over £3 million each year, you must pay the apprenticeship levy each month.

The levy due by an employer is paid to HMRC through the PAYE process alongside payment of Income Tax and National Insurance contributions and is held in a 'digital fund'.  Your digital funds can be used to fund the recruitment of apprentices into your workforce as well as support the skills development of your existing employees.

The use of the levy for funding apprenticeships commenced after 1st May 2017  - Funds you don’t use will expire 24 months after they enter your account. For example, funds entering your account in September 2017 will expire in September 2019.

For further information or to discuss how we can support you in making the most out of your Levy, please contact our dedicated Apprenticeship Team on apprenticeships@universalskillsgroup.co.uk or click the button below.

Level 2 Duel Fuel Smart Meter Installer (Electricity & Gas)

Occupational Profile

Dual Fuel Smart Meter Installation forms a key part of the Smart Government mandate to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy management. Dual Fuel Smart Meter Installers are responsible for the safe installation, exchange, commission, decommission and ongoing maintenance of Smart metering systems and associated equipment and communication systems. 

Qualifications/mandatory requirements

In order to meet the apprenticeship standards, the apprentice will need to be assessed against and achieve:

·      Registration on the Gas Safe®

·      Register and Meter Operators Code of Practice Agreement (MOCoPA) - This is a legal requirement for the role and a required competency measure

·      Portfolio of evidence to support workplace activities including short reflections

Functional Skills - English and maths

Apprentices without level 1 English and mathematics will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their apprenticeship.

Duration

This apprenticeship will typically take 12 -14 months.

 

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