YGAM Innovation is seeking partners to develop a new apprenticeship standard and end-point assessment specifically for the gambling and gaming industries. We hope this will be completed by the summer of 2018 and, subject to Government approval, be potentially ready to roll-out in 2018.

In order to achieve this, a formal Government Approved Trailblazers Group needs to be formed of at least ten employers, eight of which currently pay the Apprenticeship Levy. It is proposed this Trailblazers Group is made up of HR and Training specialists from partner employers. Members would work collaboratively together to write, develop, pilot, evaluate, and seek Government approval for a new apprenticeship standard, specifically for the gambling and gaming industries.

If you are interested in joining our Trailblazers group, please do get in touch.

What is an apprenticeship and what does it involve?

An apprenticeship combines a job with training. They can be used for anyone, regardless of their experience or age; e.g. a school leaver or existing member of staff. Apprenticeships enable individuals to carry out a structured training programme which include professional qualifications and on the job training. They equip individuals with the relevant skills, knowledge, and behaviours required to carry out a specific job role.

What are apprenticeship trailblazers?

Apprenticeship trailblazers are new employer-led apprenticeship standards which have been designed by employers in a specific sector. They are suitable for all organisations that wish to train or upskill a member of existing staff regardless of their age or level of experience.

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What are the benefits of running apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are a tried and tested way to recruit new staff. They provide an opportunity to develop new talent and upskill existing talent. Employers who recruit apprenticeships often notice a reduction in staff turnover, and an increase in employee loyalty and satisfaction. Additionally, they can be a more cost-effective way to recruit staff and can provide the apprentice with the opportunity to progress their skills and develop in their role.

How long do apprenticeships last?

We anticipate the duration of our apprenticeships to be twelve months.

Is an apprenticeship a real job?

Yes, apprentices must be employed into a real job. They are contracted into a role by the employer and are required to work a minimum of 30 hours per week. The apprenticeship contract must stipulate the following; the duration of the apprenticeship, the training provided, the working conditions, and the qualifications the apprentice will be working towards. Each apprenticeship must include a minimum of 20% time ‘off the job’ training.

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Can a part-time member of staff participate in an apprenticeship?

Yes, there are concessions available to allow part-time staff to participate in an apprenticeship. However, it will take a part-time apprentice longer to complete the apprenticeship.

How much should apprentices get paid?

All apprentices get paid a salary and this will differ depending on the job role. The employer must comply with the national minimum wage legislation (the current apprenticeship minimum wage is £3.30 an hour).

Apprentices must be offered the same conditions as other employees working on similar grades or in similar roles, including; paid holidays, sick pay, and any benefits you offer e.g. childcare voucher schemes, coaching or mentoring etc.

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