What is an apprenticeship?

To keep it really simple, like we do here at risual, an apprenticeship is employment with training, so a person benefits from both gaining recognised qualifications alongside developing essential work based skills.  Anyone can take on an apprentice – in terms of the basics, you must pay at least the minimum apprenticeship wage, they must work with experienced staff and 20% of their working week must be off the job training for their qualifications, which we deliver and schedule for you at our regional risual academy Microsoft Showcase Classroom.

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Looking to drive digital skills in your business?

risual Apprenticeships give learners the opportunity to achieve industry recognised Microsoft certifications in addition to their core academic qualifications. Industry Standard Assessors provide guidance on qualifications to meet business needs along with training delivered by industry experts.  A risual education apprentice brings access to a wealth of knowledge and digital skills, whilst helping grow the next generation of talented staff for your business.

The apprenticeship standards we provide are industry relevant and include Microsoft qualification such as:

MTA Networking Fundamentals
MTA Software Fundamentals
MTA Mobility and Devices
MTA Cloud Fundamentals

And also the option for Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) content including the MCP Cloud Fundamentals in our specialist Microsoft Azure Apprenticeship.

As a Microsoft Learning Partner we are also able to provide Microsoft Official Courses On Demand (MOC OD) which are aligned to MCP and MCSA/E pathways to further enhance the skills of your apprentices or existing staff.  Don’t forget apprenticeships are a great way to upskill your existing staff in Microsoft certifications!

Why would I have apprentices in my business?

Want to know how to utilise your apprenticeship levy to grow your business?

The apprenticeship levy is paid by organisations with wage bills in excess of £3 million at a rate of 0.5% regardless of whether they reclaim funds to purchase apprenticeships.

This money goes into the organisations Digital Apprenticeship Service account and must be used within 24 months.

Non levy paying employers contribute 10% of the apprenticeship cost.

Smaller companies can still take advantage of available Government funding, this may include an employer contribution.

There are exceptions for smaller companies – companies with under 50 employees (but still under £3 million payroll) will contribute 0%.

There are incentive payments available for the recruitment of 16-18 year olds subject to status of the employer and apprentice. It is imperative that employers are engaging with apprenticeships and risual can support companies with how to manage this. Our Employer Engagement Managers can help you profile your levy spend by looking at your projected growth and future recruitment needs and planning degree level progression routes for apprenticeship starts in your organisation.