New Recruit pathway – covering both Revenues and Benefits training
Revenues Specialist pathway – tailored more towards existing Revenues staff
Benefits Specialist pathway – tailored more towards existing Benefits staff
Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this might include:
Training is delivered over 12 to 18 months. Those on the Revenues and Benefits Apprenticeship will enjoy a blend of classroom sessions and online resources, as well as ongoing individual support from a trainer-assessor.
Training locations vary, depending on the local cohort you belong to. These cohorts are formed of 10 or more learners. If you have fewer than 10 apprentices, we will group them with apprentices from other local authorities in your area.
For the duration of this training, apprentices will develop a range of revenues and/or benefits skills in the workplace. An ongoing portfolio of evidence will demonstrate the abilities learned. Support will also be available from a mentor, who will visit apprentices at work every 5 weeks.
After completing 12 months of training and development, apprentices will submit their portfolio of work experience – along with a reference from their employer. This begins the end point assessment (EPA) stage.
The EPA consists of a week-long project and assessor interview, and will determine the overall grade of the qualification (Pass | Merit | Distinction).
All training fees for the Revenues and Welfare Benefits Practitioner Apprenticeship are covered in full by the employer. An apprentice will never be asked or expended to fund their own training.
As a nationally recognised qualification, the Revenues and Welfare Benefits Practitioner Apprenticeship can be funded through your levy account.
Designed from the ground up, this apprenticeship standard has been created to meet the specific challenges facing today’s revenues and benefits departments.
The successful revenues and benefits apprenticeship trailblazer was formed by a group of local authorities, software providers and advice agencies, working together to design a new apprenticeship standard for the industry.
As a result, the Revenues and Welfare Benefits Practitioner Apprenticeship is able to produce relevant, well-trained and motivated staff, with the specific skills to succeed in the industry and take their teams forward.
The apprenticeship levy is the new system of compulsory apprenticeship contributions.
It only applies to businesses with a payroll above £3m per year. If you qualify, 0.5% of your wage bill value (minus £15,000) will be charged to an apprenticeship training account. These funds can then be used to train new or existing staff on apprenticeships from approved providers.
After 24 months your paid-in funding will expire, so any unspent levy funds in an apprenticeship account will be lost.
Local authorities can spend their levy funds on apprenticeship training, assessment and certification. Apprenticeships can be funded at the same level or lower than the trainee’s highest qualification – if the individual will gain ‘substantive’ new skills through the apprenticeship.