The Angus Shared Apprentice Programme (ASAP) allows apprentices to complete a full apprenticeship programme by working with
a number of different employers, to gain
the skill set they require to become
It has been set up to help employers who want to support the development of skills while working on regional contracts, but are not in a position to offer a full term apprenticeship, and who wish to support training the future workforce.
Getting involved in the ASAP allows employers to dip in and out of apprentice training. The Scheme allows employers to take on an apprentice, for as short a duration as three months, with no commitment to the apprentice at the end. Once the apprentice has finished working with an employer they are found another placement, and upon framework completion, they will be assisted in sourcing permanent employment within their chosen trade. The ASAP has close links with the public sector procurement and is an excellent way for employers to give something back to the local community whilst fulfilling their contractual obligations.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questiions about ASAP.
Q. When as the participating employer will I have to pay my contribution towards the Shared Apprentice?
A. Participating employers will be invoiced by the ASAP Company monthly in arrears for the agreed cost of the Apprentice.
Q. Will I recieve CITB grant for my part in training the Apprentices?
A. No, any grant will be recieved directly by the ASAP and will off-set the cost of employing apprentices.
Q. Will community benifit clauses be met by participation in the Shared Apprentice Programme?
A. Yes, the intention is for the programme to be recognised as a legitimate and sustainable way of increasing training to meet community benefit clauses.
Q. Who will recruit the apprentices and do employers play a part in the recruitment?
A. The recruitment process is managed wholly by the Angus Shared Apprentice Programme (ASAP) Company. ASAP is responsible for placing the apprentices with the most appropraite participating employer.
Q. What would be the employer of the apprentices?
A. The ASAP Company would be the employer for the duration of the apprentices training.
What happens to the apprentice at the end of their apprenticeship?
A. If any of the participating employers is keen to employ the apprentices at the end of their four year apprenticeship, the employer is encouraged to approach the apprentice.
Q. Who insures the apprentice in case of e.g. an accident on site?
A. The employer, who an apprentice is placed with, needs to provide adequate insurance for the apprentice.
Q. How many weeks would an apprentice be on our site for?
A. As with traditional apprenticeship the length of time an apprentice will be on site (as opposed to college) varies throughout the four year apprenticeship. Each participating employer will discuss this with their ASAP contact. There is a requirement ideally, for employers to commit for a minimum of 3 months.
Q. What if an apprentice does not show up on site for a day's work. What should I do?
A. In this situation, the participating employer should report the absence immediately to the ASAP named contact to follow up.
Q. What if an apprentice is off-sick or unable to attend due to bad weather and I lose my time when he/she's meant to be on-site?
A. Unfortunately it is difficult to predict and plan for this type of absence. However the ASAP company will still cover the wages and Statutory Sick Pay of the apprentice in these circumstances.
Q. Who is responsible for any disciplinary action if/when required?
A. The ASAP Company would be responsible for the disciplinary against the procedure set by the ASAP board.
Q. Would we recieve the same apprentice throughout his/her four year term?
A. Yes, the ASAP would be structured to ensure consistency in where the apprentice is placed throughout the four apprenticeship where possible.
Q. What terms and conditions will the apprenticeship work to i.e. we have our own health and safety policy, how can we ensure compliance by the apprentice?
A. The ASAP board will agree a standard set of terms and conditions for all shared apprentices. The standard set of terms and conditions will be informed by the terms and conditions of the participating employers. Whilst on site the apprentice will comply with the participating employers Health and Safety procedure.
Q. How is apprenticeship performance managed?
A. Participating employers will work with the ASAP named contact who will regularly visit the apprentice and the employer to monitor progress. Should there be any concerns relating to poor performance in between these visits then the participating employer is asked to contact ASAP.
Q. Who provides the apprentice with Personal Protective Equipment?
A. The ASAP will allocate each apprentice with appropraite Personal Protective Equipment.
Q. Will the apprentice come equipped with the appropraite tools?
A. The ASAP will provide basic tool kit where appropriate.