Welcome to Border Engineering Training Association
Apprenticeships are a key focus for employers who look to retain their competitive edge and drive future growth. Research by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) has found that over 80% of companies who employ apprentices believe they make their workplace more productive, and a further 88% of employers believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.
BETA is committed to working with employers to take on apprentices and offer unrivalled industry knowledge and support. As an approved training provider by both the sector skills council for Science, Engineering Manufacturing (SEMTA) and Excellence, Achievement & Learning Limited (EAL), the nationally recognised Engineering Vocational Qualification awarding body, B.E.T.A. focuses on providing company centered approved support, assessment and verification for Modern Apprenticeships in Engineering, providing them with the skills and knowledge they need to build a successful career in industry.
B.E.T.A offers a training service which provides a selection of short courses ensuring your staff
development aims are keeping pace with technology and best practice.
Short courses enable your organisation to maintain a world class standard ensuring staff are on message with current thinking and
technology. Enrolling staff on short courses not only boosts moral and confidence but in turn improves perfomance and loyalty with an organisation.
B.E.T.A is able to deliver short courses either on site or at our offices at Newtown St Boswells. To see our course calendar visit our short course page and using our booking form emailing us your requirements
B.E.T.A not only offers Modern apprenticeship qualifications to nationally recognised standards but can also provide approved vocational training which, also meets national standards and are task specific to suit organisational requirements. This form of qualification will allow your organisation to offer your staff to become qualified in the actual job they do.
Assessment and training is carried out on the job, where the candidate taking on this qualification builds his or her own portfolio of evidence of their work. This evidence along with work place observations is assessed to national standards as laiddown by the lead bodies.
By grouping to-gether certain units, a group award can be gained such as "Performing Manufacturing Operations", "Performinig Industrail Operations" all at SVQ level 2 (SCQF level 5) giving operators or semi skilled personell in your workplace a nationally recognised qualification. For more information please contact BETA.
What costs are involved in a Modern Apprenticeship?
A Modern Apprentice is just like any other employee. So, there's no difference between an MA and the normal costs you'd have for other employees.
But remember, you'll have the added bonus of a contribution towards their training! and, because they're learning on the job, you can see the benefits of that training right away.
What salary should I offer?
You're responsible for paying the MA's wages. When setting a salary:
- Remember you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage. For apprentices, as of April 1 2019 that's £3.90 per hour for year one only then national minimum wage after that year must be adhered too
- It's not just about the minimum. Think about what level of salary will attract the best candidates, and about what others are offering. On apprenticeships.scot, the average salary offered over the past year was £8,628 a year. How would yours compare, if candidates were looking at different job adverts?
- BETA also suggests an apprentice wage scale which, was detremined by the then joint EEF/CSEU agreement back in March 1983. This aggreement suggested the following pay rate for apprentices based on the tradeperson's hourly rate.
- 1st year apprentice rate per hour is to be 47.5% of a tradeperson's hourly rate
- 2nd year apprenitce rate per hour is to be 65% of a tradepereson's hourly rate
- 3rd year apprentice rate per hour is to be 80% of a tradeperson's hourly rate
- 4th year apprentice rate per hour is to be 90% of a tradeperson;s hourly rate
- Note that the pay that the apprenitce receives must meet the government mininmum wage guidelines. To help with this calculation you can download a pre-prepared excell spreadsheet here. Just change the areas highlighed in green i.e. tradeperson's hourly rate to what you want or the hours worked in one week or the pension contribution rate and the spread sheet will calculate the rest automatically based on April 2019 minimum wage information. The worksheet also displays other scenarios based on the apprentice's starting age and the minimum wage you have to pay.
Travel and equipment
An MA would pay their own way to and from work, as you'd expect from any employee. But they may have to travel to college or the training provider's premises for training. It's common practice for the employer to pay those travel costs.
As a business, you'll also provide the tools and equipment an MA needs to do the job at hand.
Skills Development Scotland & Scottish Government publication worth reading
A Manufacturing future for Scotland Click here for further information
Skills Developmen Scotland Modern apprenitceship statistics reports click here for further information
Modern Apprenticeship Employer Survey 2015 Click here for further information
Scotlands Employer Recruitment Incentive (SERI) click here for further information
Government Apprenticeship pay survey Click here for further information
Earning in Scotland 2017 Click here for more information
Regional Skills Assessment Scottish borders Report 2018 Click here for more information
Skills Investment Plan For Scotland’s engineering and advanced manufacturing sector Click here for more information
Consultation On The Scottish Government Response To The Introduction Of The Uk Apprenticeship Levy Analysis Of Responses click here to access report