Inspire ATA & Flexible Apprenticeships
Inspire ATA is an award-winning employment agency for apprentices, providing schools with support staff apprentices for flexible durations. The government-licensed Flex-Job Apprenticeship Agency model is perfect for schools looking to hire apprentices as support staff.
- Apprentices can be taken on for any duration (minimum of 3 months).
- Apprentices come fully checked and trained in Safeguarding, Prevent, and British Values.
- The Inspire ATA team supports and manages the apprentice throughout the apprenticeship.
Inspire ATA offers a free recruitment service, finding the right match for your school. They employ the apprentice, taking full responsibility for payroll and personnel management. You host the apprentice for a monthly fee and build the capacity and skill of your support team.
Choose from the following roles:
- Teaching Assistant
- SEND Teaching Assistant
- Early Years Educator
- Finance Assistant
- Office Administrator
- Sports Coach
- Facilities Staff
- IT Support
Book a quick meeting with the Inspire ATA flexible apprenticeship team to learn more.
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Flexible Apprenticeship FAQs
Everything you need to know about the Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agency Model
How much does it cost?
Fees start from £1452 (plus VAT) per month.
Are there any recruitment fees?
Inspire ATA offers a free recruitment service, and host fee payments start once the apprentice begins work.
How long is the commitment?
Inspire ATA is an official Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agency and offers short-term apprenticeship placements and multiple work placements throughout the apprenticeship training journey. Their commitment to the apprentices is at least 16 months, so the apprentice has enough time to complete their practical training and end-point assessment (EPA). Durations depend on the type of apprenticeship training programme.
What happens if the apprentice does not perform to our expectations?
You should contact Inspire ATA right away if you have an issue with your apprentice. They work closely with the apprentice and manager to set clear goals and objectives to get your apprentice back on track. If this intervention does not work, you hand your apprentice back to Inspire ATA, and they will offer you a replacement.
What happens if the apprentices do not work out and we want to replace them?
If there is no way forward, Inspire ATA will replace the apprentice for you.
What happens at the end of this commitment?
You have the option to employ the apprentice directly (no fee charged), sign a new contract with Inspire ATA (we would need to discuss a new training programme to continue with the individual's career development), or you can stop (the fixed-term contract ends).
How many hours per week does the apprentice work?
Inspire ATA's school contracts are set at 30 hours per week during term time and 30 hours per week during school holidays. All contracts are for 52 weeks per year. If you need your apprentice to work more hours, Inspire ATA will talk about your individual requirements.
How do you manage the apprentice's holiday allowance?
Apprentices are entitled to 20 paid holiday days per year plus bank holidays. Holiday dates are pre-agreed with your apprentice upon commencement of their employment. All holiday dates will then be set for the 12 months ahead. For apprentices who work in schools, we try to ensure that holidays are taken during school holidays.
Who is responsible for the apprentice?
Inspire ATA assumes the employment liability and responsibility for the duration of the contract, including:
- Apprentice salary payments (including holiday pay).
- Payroll through PAYE.
- Health and safety.
- Performance management.
- Dealing with grievance and disciplinary matters.
Support to both apprentice and client, offering impartial mediation when necessary.
What courses do you offer, and who will be the training provider?
Inspire ATA works closely with several training providers who offer excellent service and an extensive range of courses.
How is the training funded?
Inspire ATA's apprenticeship levy funds the training.
We pay the apprenticeship levy. Can we use this funding even though we do not employ the apprentice directly?
Yes, Inspire ATA can arrange a "transfer of levy", meaning the apprentice can be added to your digital apprenticeship service account.
What is the host schools' commitment?
As a host, you will be required to provide:
- A full and thorough induction to the role and organisation.
- A workplace supervisor or mentor to work with and manage the apprentice.
- A range of work activities and learning experiences allow the apprentice to gain the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviours to complete their apprenticeship.
- On-the-job training and supervision.
- Time for the apprentice to spend with their Tutor(s) for off-the-job training.
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