General

What is the Greater Manchester Training Hub?

The GMTH is a collaboration of four local training hubs, providing support for general practice around work force development and retention. This collaboration has ensured full coverage of the Greater Manchester area as well as providing across the board standards and procedures.

Please refer to our about us page for more information:

What are the four local training hubs?

Four local training hubs sit under the Greater Manchester Training Hub umbrella ☂️ they are: 

  • Millgate Healthcare Partnership
  • HMR Primary Care Academy
  • Salford Primary Care Together
  • Wigan Training Hub

What areas do you cover?

We cover all 10 CCGs across Greater Manchester

  • Bolton
  • Bury
  • Oldham
  • Manchester
  • Rochdale
  • Salford
  • Stockport
  • Tameside
  • Trafford
  • Wigan

How can I contact you?

Or, refer to our contact us page for specific details

Apprenticeship

Is there financial support to the practice?

Employers with fewer than 50 people working for them will not have to pay the 5% contribution for an apprentice who is aged between:

  • 16-18 years old
  • 19-24 years old and who has previously been in care or who has an Education, Health and Care plan provided by their local authority

The government will pay 100% of the training costs for these individuals, up to the funding band maximum.

Training Younger Apprentices

All employers will receive £1,000 if at the start of the apprenticeship the apprentice is aged between:

  • 16-18 years old
  • 19-24 years old and who has previously been in care or who has an Education, Health and Care plan provided by their local authority

This payment will be made to the employer in two equal instalments via the training provider.

#SEEDIFFERENT SME Apprenticeship Support

Greater Manchester #SEEDIFFERENT SME Apprenticeship Support offers grants to non-levy paying employers to recruit and deliver high quality Apprenticeships, workforce planning support and advice and a Levy Transfer Matchmaking Service!

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority have launched the #SEEDIFFERENT SME Apprenticeship Support Grants for SMEs in Greater Manchester, those organisations that have a wage bill less than £3million.

The £3000 grant may be offered to SMEs who:

  • Are non-levy payers.
  • Have their registered office based in Greater Manchester.
  • Have not employed an apprentice for at least 2 years.

Please note – some local authorities are only taking expressions of interest at this stage in preparation for their grant launches. This is funding only available until end of March 2020

*Please contact the Local Authority where your registered office is based.

How long does the apprenticeship last?

The length of a programme is dependent on which qualification is chosen. An apprenticeship typically lasts between one to six years. A level 2 (intermediate) qualification is typically 12 – 18 months, a level 3 (advanced) qualification 18 – 24 months, Levels 4 – 7 (higher / degree) qualifications can be anywhere between 2 – 6 years

How much time will be spent per month with the assessor?

The time spent with an assessor can vary widely for each qualification. Your tutor will typically arrange a visit with you around every 4 – 6 weeks. You could spend time with your assessor:

  • One to One tutoring face to face in person at your workplace
  • One to One tutoring face to face at the training providers premises
  • Live Webinars
  • Pre-recorded Webinars
  • Off Site Training Days
  • Class based / Workshops

If I can’t find my certificates to prove my level of education do I need to retake my maths and English?

Sometimes an apprentice you may a need to retake a functional skills if there is no evidence of you taking the exam. If an apprentice does not have a certificate and/or a notification of results from the awarding organisation, the provider can ask the apprentice to get a replacement certificate (there may be a cost)

How do I go about getting copy certificates if needed?

There are a number of options, but before you order any replacements, double checks which of the following formats are acceptable to whoever has asked you for proof of your exam results. 

  • You can apply for a ‘Certified Statement of Results’, which is an official document that lists the subjects you took, the year they were taken, and the grades you achieved.
  • You can ask for a confirmation letter to be sent to the person/organisation that requested evidence.
  • Providers and employers can request a verification letter from the awarding body.

As a practice what is the time commitment needed to put staff through the apprenticeship programme?

The length of a programme is dependent on which qualification is chosen. An apprenticeship typically lasts between one to six years. The time commitment needed is also dependant on the qualification; all apprenticeships require 20% off the job training, this equates to one day per week. For other qualifications that require placements like Trainee Nurse Associates, your apprentice may also need to take these placement out of their normal place of work to for fill their experiences in other areas for the course.

How much would it the employer?

Employers are responsible for paying wages for an apprentice and providing their contract of employment. All local authorises in Greater Manchester have come together to pay new apprentices National Minimum Wage for Age and not Apprentice Wage. If an existing staff member is to upskill via an apprenticeship there will be no change to their contact of employment.

The employer should cover costs of:

  • Wages
  • Paid Holidays
  • Sick Pay
  • Any benefits you offer such as childcare voucher schemes
  • Any support you offer such as coaching or mentoring

If I went to university and then next year the apprenticeship qualification becomes available am I able to change over?

Yes you can transfer at the end of an academic year to an apprenticeship as long as the modules map over.

What roles can be done as an apprenticeship?

There are 500+ apprenticeship standards, with a potential of 1600 being available by the end of 2020. This makes most roles fit for an apprenticeship qualification. The roles in Primary Care which Greater Manchester Training Hub for Primary are looking to upskill are Healthcare Assistant, Senior Healthcare Assistant, Receptionist, Administration, Nursing Associate, Leadership and Management.

Do I need to work full time to qualify for the apprenticeship scheme? What is the minimum number of hours one can work?

You do not have to work full time to qualify for an apprenticeship, the minimum hours an apprentices can work is 16 hours per week. A full time apprenticeship is 30+ hours per week, any hours below 30 hours the length of the apprenticeship must be extended.

Are there any exams or is it all portfolio evidence that’s needed?

This depends on which qualification you are enrolled to, all Apprenticeship Standards as of 2017 now have an End Point Assessment (EPA) in the last 3 months of the qualification. EPA’s can only be taken a minimum of 12 months after the start of an apprentices training and must be successfully completed before an apprenticeship completion certificate can be issued. An EPA usually consist of 3 elements, these could be:

  • Multiple Choice Test
  • Exam
  • Evidence Portfolio Of Work
  • Work Place Observations
  • Practical Skills Test
  • Professional Discussion With End Point Assessment Organisation / Interview
  • Workplace Projects
  • Assignments

If I’ve done an apprenticeship previously can I do another if it’s at a higher level?

Yes, apprenticeships are there for people to create a career path and develop themselves via a work based qualification. An apprenticeship is for an apprentice to develop new skills, knowledge and behaviours; your previous qualification will have to be checked by the training provider to see if there is any previous learning that can be mapped into the new apprenticeship qualification or there is no learning gap.

Can I have more than one member of staff accessing the apprenticeship levy at a time?

Yes, you can have multiple members of your team accessing the funding. It can be for a variety of different apprenticeship programmes.

Will I get paid as an apprentice?

A new apprentice will be paid National Minimum Wage for Age on a fixed term contract until they complete the apprenticeship.

An existing member of staff will have no change to their contract of employment.

How much would it cost the apprentice?

There is no charge for the apprentice to cover the cost of their apprenticeship or any elements towards your apprenticeship such as exam cost and membership cost.