There are currently two apprenticeships available to the metals recycling sector:
- The Level 2 Metals Recycling General Operative (MRGO)
- The Leve 5 Metals Recycling Technical Manager (MRTM)
The fruit of a combined four years’ work by a group comprising metal recyclers large and small, the result is two apprenticeships that will deliver operatives that are able to take on a wide range of roles from ELV depollution to materials classification, and site manager who a technically competent.
In fact, we believe that apprenticeships are a perfect solution for companies looking for cost-effective ways to offer staff career-enhancing training.
With an ageing workforce and Brexit potentially reducing the pool of willing and capable operatives, taking on an apprentice is a simple solution to plugging that gap. It also enables skilled workers looking to retire to pass on their knowledge.
For SMEs in particular, apprentices are a very cost-effective way to employ and train employees.
This is because while large companies that pay more than £3m in wages pay an Apprenticeship Levy, companies below that threshold do not pay the Levy and the Government even funds 95 percent of the cost of your apprenticeship training.
Don’t forget that you can also choose to pay the National Minimum Wage for apprentices which, for those aged 19 or over in their first year is £4.15 per hour and thereafter rises to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage rate for their age.
Moreover, until March 2020, Government is offering financial incentives to SMEs who employ new apprentices. For those aged 16-24 who are employed between August 2020 and 31 January 2021, the payment will be £2,000, while for those aged 25 or over it will be £1,500.
There is no limit on the number of incentive payments that you can claim for apprentices eligible to receive funding, provided each apprentice meets the criteria, including being a new employee. Plus, during this period SMEs can now hire up to 10 apprentices.
All you have to do is to create an account on the apprenticeship service and then make a claim for the incentives. You can use the same account to reserve funding to cover the costs of their apprenticeship training and assessment programme.
Click here to set up an account to manage your apprentices: https://accounts.manage-apprenticeships.service.gov.uk/service/index
If you have any questions, then you can tall the Apprenticeship Service directly on 08000 150600 opt.1 then 2.
As these extra incentives are time limited, we strongly urge you to consider employing an apprentice as soon as possible. If you would like to know more or would would like to put an apprentice on programme, contact Met Academy on 02476796410 and ask for the apprenticeship account manager.