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FAQ's

The Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agency Model - Leasing an Apprentice  

  1. How much does this cost?  Fees start from £1,200 (plus VAT) per month. 

  2. Are there any recruitment fees?  No, we offer a free recruitment service and host fee payments start once the apprentice starts work. 

  3. How long is the commitment?  Inspire ATA is an official Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agency and we can therefore offer short-term apprenticeship placements and multiple work placements throughout the apprenticeship training journey. Our commitment to the apprentices is a minimum of 14 months - this is so the apprentice has enough time to complete their practical training and end-point assessment (EPA).  Durations depend on the type of apprenticeship training programme.

  4. What happens if the apprentice does not perform to our expectations?  We would ask you to contact us immediately if you are having an issue with your apprentice, we do work closely with the apprentice and manager to set clear goals and objectives to get your apprentice back on track. If this intervention does not work, you simply hand your apprentice back to us and we will offer you a replacement.

  5. What happens if the apprentices does not work out and we want to replace them?  If there is no way forward, we will replace the apprentice for you. 

  6. What happens at the end of this commitment?  It's really up to you.  You have the option to employ the apprentice directly (we do not charge a fee for this), sign a new contract with Inspire ATA (we would need to discuss a new training programme to continue with the individual's career development) or you can simply stop (the fixed term contract simply ends). Click here for more information. 

  7. How many hours per week does the apprentice work?  Our contracts for schools are set at 34 hours per during term time and 30 hours per week during school holidays (33 hours per week average). Our contracts with businesses are 33 hours per week.  All contracts are for 52 weeks per year.  If you require your apprentice to work more hours, we are happy to discuss your individual requirements.

  8. How do you manage the apprentice's holiday allowance?   Apprentices are entitled to 20 days' paid holiday days per year plus bank holidays. Holiday dates are pre-agreed with your apprentice upon commencement of their employment. All holiday dates will then be set for the 12 months ahead. For apprentices that work in schools, we try ensure that holidays are taken during school holiday periods. 

  9. Who is responsible for the apprentice?​​ Inspire ATA assumes the employment liability and responsibility for the duration of the contract including: ​​

    1. Apprentice salary payments (including holiday pay).​

    2. Payroll through PAYE.

    3. Health and safety. 

    4. Safeguarding.

    5. Performance management.

    6. Dealing with grievance and disciplinary matters. 

    7. Support to both apprentice and client, offering impartial mediation when necessary. 

  10. What courses do you offer and who will be the training provider?  We can offer almost anything, as we simply need to find a high-quality training provider to deliver the apprenticeship.  We work very closely with several training providers who offer a great service. 

  11. How will the training be delivered?  Our training providers offer a blended approach to training delivery which includes face-to-face training at the workplace and online remote training. All training programmes are tailored to the individual. 

  12. How can we terminate the contract and release the apprentice?  Yes but you need to give one month's notice as per the contract. 

  13. How is the training funded?  The training is funded by Inspire ATA's apprenticeship levy. 

  14. We pay the apprenticeship levy, can we use this funding even though we do not employ the apprentice directly?  Yes, we can arrange a "transfer of levy" which basically means we can add the apprentice to your digital apprenticeship service account. 

  15. What is our commitment?  As a host, you will be required to provide:

    1. A full and thorough induction to the role and organisation. ​

    2. A workplace supervisor or mentor to work with and manage the apprentice. 

    3. A range of work activities and learning experiences that will allow the apprentice to gain the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours to complete their apprenticeship. 

    4. On-the-job training and supervision. 

    5. Time for the apprentice to spend with their Tutor(s) for off-the-job training. 

  16. What support will we receive in managing our apprentice? We have a dedicated apprentice support team that offers employment and pastoral support to our apprentices, we work closely with the allocated mentor to offer any support needs they require to ensure a successful placement of our apprentice.

  17. How do you manage the 20% off-the-job training? It is paramount that all our apprentices have the necessary time off to be compliant with the 20% off-the-job training rule and to ensure they receive high-quality training. For apprentices based in schools, the majority of the training will take place during schools holidays, when the apprentices continued to be employed and paid, however we would ask and recommend that you give your apprentices a few hours per week (during paid working hours) to work on their practical training, when required.