Employer FAQ

You've got questions about the Coach Core apprenticeship? This FAQ will probably have the answers, but if not, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Yes, Coach Core will deliver an interactive, practical recruitment event, during which employers will have the opportunity to observe and interview candidates. At the end of this event, employers will be asked to confirm which (if any) apprentices they wish to take on – a process driven solely by employers.

Yes, Coach Core also welcomes apprentice applications from candidates known to our partner organisations and employers. This means if you already have someone in mind, whether on your workforce already (part time or casual hours only), volunteering with you or recently progressed through one of your programmes, they can be put forward. They will be asked to complete the same application process and will also be invited to the main recruitment event.

Yes, employers are able to take on several apprentices if they wish. However, we will discuss this with you on application, to ensure your capacity and infrastructure can support this.

The 30 hour contract is inclusive of all education hours, which total approximately 6 hours per week. We also actively encourage organisations to make up those hours across the business, whether that be in events, marketing, social media etc. However, where the 30 hours remain a barrier to involvement, we can look at splitting the apprentice role with another organisation in the consortium, if appropriate to do so.

No, we anticipate that apprentice hours, particularly at the start of the programme, will be made up of observation, assistant coaching and wider roles, such as supporting with admin, planning, social media etc.

We will endeavour, as far as possible, to frontload the Multi Skills Level 2 qualification, to prepare apprentices for coaching delivery as soon as they are ready. However, we anticipate that, with support, the majority of apprentices will take 3-6 months to be ready to lead coaching sessions independently.

The apprentice programme lasts a minimum of 15 months, usually up to 18 months.

No. Many employers do, as their apprentice has become an integral and valuable part of their workforce, but it is not a requirement.

We partner with commercial training providers who specialise in apprentice training. All the apprentices in the programme will have a weekly training day with a tutor employed by the training provider. The tutor will also visit the apprentice’s place of work, provide support throughout the apprenticeship and guide them through the final assessment process. The costs of the training provider are covered by the UK government.

We will work with the consortium of employers to find a location for the education sessions. Our preferred scenario is that one of the employers can provide that space, but there is a budget in place to hire rooms if that isn’t possible.

The costs of employing an apprentice through Coach Core will vary, based on the size of your organisation, age of the apprentice you employ and the salary offered, amongst other things. For a more detailed understanding of finances, please contact us directly.

Yes, as we recognise the young people we will collectively target need additional support and development. For more information on this, please get in touch with us and we can happily explain more.

Yes, the cost of the Community Activator Coach qualification, and all associated teaching resources, is drawn down directly from Government funds. In addition, between August 2020 and January 2021, additional incentives of between £1500 and £2000 are available to employers wishing to take on apprentices, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

To draw down the funding, all employers will be able to register for a digital employer account. The total amount you contribute to the apprenticeship levy (plus the 10 per cent top-up from the UK Government) becomes the funding available for you and it sits in your account. Once your apprentice has been signed up to the programme our training provider will draw down this funding directly. If your organisation is not a levy payer with more than 50 employees you will be required to pay a £300 training fee to the training provider. Please get in touch if you have any questions about this.

If your apprentice leaves during the programme no future grant payment will be made but we will not reclaim previous payments unless the requirements of the SLA are not upheld.

The minimum is National apprentice wage however we would encourage you to consider living wage and budget for apprentice expenses especially if they are required to travel to different locations.