Frequently Asked Questions
The work placement is for 14 months - this covers induction, 12 months of training and also allows time for the end of placement assessment.
Yes, in fact we positively encourage it for organisations with more than 4 or 5 developers. It is more cost effective to have two apprentices as the time taken to manage them actually decreases.
Generally apprentices stay on with their placement team in some cases they move on. We have a large network of organisations and contacts and are on hand to help. No one who has finished the placement is out of work for long.
In the vast majority of cases the training we provide is cost neutral. The match funding is conditional on employers paying for training but incentives and grants available from the government offset these costs. In some cases the incentives are double the cost of the training.
Group training is twice a month, offsite at a central location. Our main centres are below but we will be adding more as we expand regionally.
Most are producing billable work within three months, some from as little as a few weeks. We structure the training to front load a good deal of billable skills but really it depends on your set up, your team and the apprentice themselves.
We can help you with your initial integration and induction plans. We have a good deal of experience from previous years and will be able to help and advise you on things that have worked well in the past for other teams with similar set ups to yours.
We advise a 14 month fixed term contract. This can be your usual employment contract with additional stipulations with regard to the length and should also include amendments to allow for 8 hours per week dedicated to self led learning and group training.
Of course there are (it’s a government initiative after all) however we provide you with all the paperwork prefilled with all the information we have so in most cases it is just a case of reading, confirming and signing.
Minimum wage for the first year of an apprenticeship is just £3.30 per hour however all of the companies we work with pay at least £5 per hour. This works out at around £9k per year. Also many companies include pay reviews as the apprentice begins to produce more billable work.
The SFA award the following incentives to organisations taking on apprentices under the new standards:
|£2,700||Organisation of less than 50 employees||Start of apprenticeship|
|£5,400||Apprentice aged 16-18 at start of placement||50% at start of apprenticeship
50% at mid point
|£5,400||Apprentice aged 19/20 leaving care system||50% at start of apprenticeship
50% at mid point
|£2,700||Apprentice completes placement and assessment||End of work placement|
We will assess your situation then provide and explain all relevant paperwork for signature. Following that we will submit the application for you. Incentives to employers are issued from the SFA via cheque.
Yes, currently there is no funding available if the apprentice already holds a degree but that may change in the future. If you have a member of staff looking for a career change this could be the perfect opportunity to be mentored and trained in web development.
Of course, and they are welcome to join the initial unfunded boot-camp free of charge. If you would like them to join the bootcamp though we would need to know ahead of time to adjust numbers.