The JACE Approach to Training

Passion for Apprentices

JACE is an employer of apprentices and we know that this form of training can add real value to both businesses and individuals- we have witnessed it first-hand.

Cultural Fit

We strongly believe in creating lasting relationships, where we act in partnership with employers and their apprentices, to live up to our Company Vision of Making a Difference in a positive way and bringing out the best in all.

Flexible and Tailor Made

As an employer of apprentices across our business, we also realise that ‘one size does not fit all”. Each employer and apprentice are unique, requiring a different approach, in most cases, to their delivery programme.

Simple Proces

The apprenticeship reforms are complex but we look to ‘de-mystify’ and simplify the process for our employers, helping and guiding Management, HR and Finance divisions, through each step of the journey.

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What is an Apprenticeship?

Paid Employment

An apprenticeship is a real job with a skills programme attached i.e. paid employment with a recognised and accredited course of learning, that will be certified on successful completion.

16 Years+

It is available to anyone over the age of 16 years, with no upper age limit.

12 Months

An apprenticeship lasts for a minimum duration of 12 months. In practise, the length of programme should be specific to and suit the needs of the apprentice, taking account of prior learning; any learning support that may be required (eg dyslexia) and the level of the course programme (e.g. a Level 5 courses will generally take to complete than Level 3).

How much will it cost?

It will be the responsibility of an employer to pay wages to an apprentice and offer other employment entitlements such as paid leave. The rate of pay will be negotiable in the normal way and reflecting for example, age, experience and other employability attributes. However, pay scales are governed by minimum levels, according to apprentice age. These minimum levels are set by government and vary from time to time.

Payment of the training element of the apprenticeship programme should be agreed upon by the employer and training provider. Government funding will be available to support the price agreed, subject to eligibility and depending on whether you are a Levy Employer or Non-Levy Employer. In addition, Government Incentives are available, subject to certain criteria, which may mean that you receive more from government than you pay to your training provider!

For information on our course costs, click on the link here. For further information on government funding for Levy and Non-Levy payers click on the links below.

What are the benefits of employing an apprentice?

The government has an ambition to substantially grow the quality and quantity of apprenticeships. It sees this as a means of improving the UK’s productivity, to make our country more competitive and raise our standards of living.

JACE is a direct employer of apprentices and therefore aware of both the commitment and benefits that the programme can bring to a business. Some of the benefits include:

  • Improved productivity
  • Improved quality of service/product
  • New ‘dynamism’ added to workforce,
  • Freeing up managerial time for strategic matters.
of employers believe apprenticeships make them more competitive
of apprentice employers say they make their business more productive
of companies who invest in apprentices have reported a significant increase in employee retention
of employers believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated workforce

Design, Delivery and Funding of Apprenticeships

From May 2017 the government initiated a dramatic reform of apprenticeships under three key areas:


  • A process has begun to switch from apprenticeship Frameworks, to new ‘Standards’.
  • The Standards have been designed by employer led groups, to ensure that they meet with current industry requirements.
  • Under a Standard, the apprentice is assessed for competency at the end of the programme, according to an End Point Assessment, which will prescribe the assessment methods appropriate to the industry. It may take the form of a professional discussion, examination, observation or any combination of these forms.
  • The End Point Assessment will be undertaken by an organisation that is approved to carry out this process and is independent to the party delivering the training.
  • Standards for each vocational sector are at various stages of development but the intention is to convert the vast majority of Frameworks to Standard by 2020.


Once an Employer has decided on embarking on the recruitment/employment of an apprentice, it will need to select a training provider, from the Register of Approved Training Providers (RoATP) and then agree on the appropriate price for the training, taking account of all elements of the process. In the case of a new Standard, this will need to include the price of the End Point Assessment ‘up front’, even though this takes place at the end of the programme.


  • To help meet its vision of creating 3 million new apprenticeship starts from 2020, the government introduced a new Levy, payable by employers from May 2017.
  • The Levy is calculated at 0.5% of a company’s wage bill, including bonuses but excluding National Insurance contributions.
  • There is an annual allowance of £15,000 pa, meaning that the Levy does not become payable unless a company’s gross wage bill exceeds £3m.
  • Once calculated, the annual levy sum due is apportioned and ‘collected’ monthly, directly by HMRC through company payroll (PAYE).
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