The government set an ambitious target of 3 million new apprentices by 2020. To achieve this, apprenticeships had to evolve to become more occupationally led, rather than a simple tick box exercise, focusing too heavily on completing a qualification, rather than creating and developing a competent and valued member of staff.

To achieve this, new apprenticeship ‘Standards’ were born, allowing training providers to create bespoke pathways, unique to every employer. Furthermore, EPA (End Point Assessments) were introduced, to help improve the quality of training and assessment of apprenticeships.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a mixture of on the job training and classroom based learning. Apprenticeships provide people with the skills they need for a chosen career path along with a qualification.

Apprenticeships vary in duration of competition due to the level of the apprenticeship and employment sector. An apprenticeship can last between 1 year up to 5 years.


Benefits as an apprentice

  • As an apprentice, you will gain hands on experience in the sector you wish to pursue as a career.
  • You will receive many benefits including earning a salary, paid holidays, gaining qualifications and valuable skills.
  • Your employer and training provider will support you through your journey as an apprentice. They will give you the guidance you need in order to be successful, ensure your requirements are met, offers the right skills needed in the job and meets the national standards.
  • Apprenticeships are rapidly growing, each day more businesses are taking on apprentices. An apprentice shows they are serious about the job and learning the requirements. Employers will value you as an apprentice in their company.


A1S Training – Apprenticeship Standards


Apprenticeship Standard


                                                                 Overview of Role

Customer Service Practitioner


Providing customer service products and services for businesses and other organisations including face- to-face, telephone, digital and written contact and communications

Community Activator Coach


Planning, leading and coaching physical activities for people of all ages in the community.

Business Administrator


Supporting and engaging with different parts of the organisation and interact with internal or external customers

Customer Service Specialist


Dealing with customer queries, purchases and complaints

Team Leader / Supervisor


Managing teams and projects to meet a private, public or voluntary organisation’s goals

Digital Marketer


Use online and social media platforms to design, build and implement campaigns and drive customer sales.

Early Years Educator


Highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe

Teaching Assistant


Supporting the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning

Assessor Coach


Coaching and assessing vocational learners, usually on a one-to-one basis, in a range of learning environments.

Operations & Departmental Manager


Managing teams and projects in line with a private, public or voluntary organisation’s operational or departmental strategy.

Leader in Adult Care


Leading the care service and managing teams of carers to look after adults with care needs.

Apprenticeship levy

A1S offers a comprehensive levy management service to guide and support our levy paying employers through the minefield of levy processes and procedures.

What is the Apprenticeship Levy?

  1. The Apprenticeship Levy is a compulsory ‘tax’ which aims to fund the development and delivery of three million new apprenticeships by 2020.
  2. All employers in the UK with a wage bill of more than £3 million must pay 0.5% of their payroll into a central levy ‘pot’, which can then be used to fund apprenticeships. Employers have an allowance of £15,000 per year to offset against their levy payment.
  3. The levy is paid monthly on a rolling basis to HMRC and will be collected through the PAYE system alongside income tax and National Insurance.
  4. Employers can access their levy contribution in an online digital account, which can be used to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment.

Funding for non-levy paying employers

  1. SMEs with a wage bill under £3 million (non-levy employers) contribute 5% of the apprenticeship cost, the government will pay the remaining 95%. This also applies to levy paying employers who have exhausted their funds.
  2. SMEs with a wage bill under £3 million (non-levy employers) contribute 5% of the apprenticeship cost, the government will pay the remaining 95%. This also applies to levy paying employers who have exhausted their funds.
  3. Both levy and non-levy payers will receive a £1000 incentive for taking on and training an apprentice aged 16-18.
  4. The Government will pay £1000 to employers if they train 19-24 year olds leaving care or who have a Local Authority Education Health and Care (EHC) plan.
  5. Maths and English training for apprentices is fully funded.
  6. Employers are not required to pay National Insurance Contributions for apprentices under the age of 25 on earnings below the higher tax rate of £827 a week (£43,000 a year).



A1S offers an end to end levy management service for everything you need to effectively manage your apprenticeship levy.

If you are a levy-paying employer and need advice and support, please contact our specialist team on 01375 275 052