Our highly experienced Business Development Advisers work with over 400 businesses across the Liverpool City Region. They offer advice on apprenticeships, training and funding options which will help your business to develop the skills of your workforce further.
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Our aim is to assist businesses in becoming more productive and profitable, as well as attracting and maintaining a motivated team of staff, with the strength of training expertise and business knowledge, to help your business prosper.
The Business Development Team is here to help you with a free Training Needs Assessment to identify any gaps between your employees’ skill set and the needs of your business. This service can be an invaluable tool for your company’s succession planning. All of our advice and guidance is provided free of charge.
- The Business Development Team is dedicated to helping you recruit the apprentice you need. We will advertise your vacancy free of charge on the National Apprenticeship Service website and also to all students at Hugh Baird College, on our website and across our social media platforms. Our access to a list of full time College students means that many candidates will already have achieved some relevant qualifications
- Once we receive applications, we will shortlist candidates who meet your requirements and arrange interviews for you to make your selection as easy as possible
- The Business Development Team will also make all necessary arrangements for the delivery of the qualification
- Once you have selected your apprentice, an assessor will be assigned. The assessor will also support and guide you and the apprentice and ensure you are both meeting national quality standards that are integrated into the programme
The apprentice National Minimum Wage applies to all 16 to 18 year olds on an Intermediate Level or Advanced Level Apprenticeship and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Intermediate Level or Advanced Level Apprenticeship.
Apprentices need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours work per week but many employers choose to offer a salary in line with that of their other employees.
If the apprentice is aged 19 and over and has completed the first year of their apprenticeship, the employer must pay the National Minimum Wage appropriate for their age.
In some cases, employers can access a grant to help with the cost of an apprentice in the first year of employment. At the Hugh Baird Business Development Centre, we can help you access this grant.
This represents a very small investment to recruit a new employee and there is usually a quick return on the investment as the apprentice is generally very motivated and loyal to their employer, as well as growing in vocational competence.
You will be assigned a member of our Business Development team who will support and guide you throughout the whole process and will be your point of contact for all your needs.