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Apprenticeships allow you to bring new talent through the ranks and train your team with the skills they need to help your business succeed.


call us on 01902 716100 or email info@novatraining.co.uk

Nova Training is an ‘Outstanding’ independent training provider with 25+ years experience in the industry. We are proud to boast some of the highest success rates in the country, well above national average. Nova offers an extensive portfolio of qualifications from level 2 to level 5, available to both new apprentices and to an existing workforce.


We provide a tailored approach from start to finish, with a dedicated recruiter to manage your account, always on hand to support the recruitment of a new apprentice or the training of existing staff members. A Nova Recruiter will complete a training needs analysis to ensure the qualification is right for both individuals and the employer; there may be the opportunity to add bespoke bolt-on qualifications to the apprenticeship and use employer in house training to enhance the overall value to the programme.


We will work closely with you to align the right solution for the apprentice whilst ensuring maximum return on investment from the Apprenticeship Levy.


For larger contracts Nova also offers a management service, so any qualification you require can be managed by one training provider who ensures that all training is delivered to Nova's Grade 1 Standard.


Our Process


Recruiting an Apprentice
We provide a free recruitment service for apprenticeship vacancies.


Your dedicated recruiter will manage vacancy adverts, shortlist applicants subject to your specific criteria and conduct initial interviews and assessments with any potential apprentices prior to forwarding suitable CV’s for your perusal.


As an employer you have the opportunity to interview candidates and provide them with a trial, should you wish.



Existing Employees
We offer level 2 to level 5 qualifications to new and existing employees. This provides an opportunity for your existing employees (regardless of age) to be upskilled by completing the qualification alongside their job role, as long as there are sufficient new skills to be learned in the apprenticeship.



Once a new apprentice or an existing employee starts a qualification they will receive a visit from an assessor every 4 weeks as a minimum. Apprentices will also be left with activities and workbooks to complete in their work time. The assessor is available between these visits should the learner feel they need additional support.


Every apprentice must be given a minimum of 20% of their paid hours for off the job training.


As an employer you will have the opportunity to view your trainees progress through our online portal, which will also be used to track and record mandatory off the job training.



Apprenticeship qualifications we offer:

  • Business Administrator Apprenticeship - Level 3
  • Customer Service Practitioner - Level 2
  • Customer Service Specialist Apprenticeship - Level 3
  • Retailer Apprenticeship - Level 2
  • Retail Team Leader Apprenticeship - Level 3
  • Team Leader Supervisor Apprenticeship - Level 3
  • Operations Departmental Manager Apprenticeship - Level 5
  • Supply Chain Warehouse Operative Apprenticeship - Level 2
  • Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician Light Vehicle Apprenticeship - Level 3
  • Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician - Heavy Vehicle Apprenticeship - Level 3
  • Auto-Care Technician Apprenticeship - Level 2
  • Accident Repair Technician Apprenticeship - Level 3



86% of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation, while 78% said apprenticeships improved productivity.


Download Employers Guide To Apprenticeships:


Apprenticeships Guide



If you'd like to find out more about taking on an apprentice then please call us on 01902 716100 or email info@novatraining.co.uk.



Our apprentices have been a huge asset to the company: they allow us to take control of our recruitment and grow our own talent.
- Pickford Move Management Limited

Apprentices have transformed our workplace culture with their enthusiasm, ideas and high levels of engagement.
- Yorkshire Housing

Almost two-thirds of our apprentices are still with the business a decade later.
- Mercedes Benz UK

With the current skills gap, particularly in engineering, we passionately believe that apprenticeships are essential to encourage, develop and engage as our leaders of the future.
- Highways England

As an SME, offering apprenticeships has been a key factor in our business growth.
- Gingernut Media


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Apprenticeship Levy

What you need to know about apprenticeship reform and the Apprenticeship Levy.

What is the apprenticeship levy?

On the 6th April 2017, the Government will introduce the apprenticeship levy, with a view to creating millions of apprenticeships across the UK. The apprenticeship levy will be applied to all employers with an annual wage bill greater than £3 million however there will be a 0.5% tax on the total pay bill, which will be paid through Pay As You Earn.


The purpose of the levy is to encourage employers to invest in apprenticeship programmes and to raise additional funds to improve the quality and quantity of apprenticeships.


What size of business will be subject to the levy?

The levy threshold is calculated by size of payroll. Businesses with a wage bill of more than £3 million will be required to pay a levy. This payroll threshold only applies to 2% of employers, which means only larger SMEs fall into this bracket.


How much is the levy?

The levy amount is 0.5% of a company’s payroll, and every employer gets an allowance of £15,000 to offset against the amount they owe.
That’s why it only applies to businesses with a payroll over £3m. So to explain:


A business with a payroll of £3m:
£3,000,000 (payroll) x 0.5% (levy amount) = £15,000 (amount owing pre allowance) – £15,000 (levy allowance) = £0 (levy payable)


A business with a payroll of £6m:
£6,000,000 (payroll) x 0.5% (levy amount) = £30,000 (amount owing pre allowance) – £15,000 (levy allowance) = £15,000 (levy payable)


When will it be payable?

Businesses will be subject to the levy payment from April 2017 and it will be payable monthly.


For levy-paying employers (annual wage bill greater than £3 million)

In addition to the functions available to all employers, from May 2017 levy-paying employers will be able to access funding for apprenticeships through their digital account and:


  • negotiate and pay for apprenticeship training and assessment
  • manage their funding and apprentices, view their account balance and plan their spending
  • stop or pause payments (for example, if their apprentice stops their training, takes a break from training or the employer hasn’t received the service agreed with the provider).


To access their funding, levy-paying employers will need to set up an account on the digital apprenticeship service from January 2017 using their Government Gateway ID, PAYE scheme details and Companies House number or equivalent, which company payroll teams should have.


For non-levy paying employers (annual wage bill less than £3 million)

By 2020, all employers will be able to use the digital apprenticeship service to pay for training and assessment for apprenticeships.

Until then, non-levy paying employers will continue to negotiate and agree their apprenticeship programme with their chosen training provider.


90% of non-levy paying employers’ apprenticeship training and assessment costs in England will be paid for by the government.


The government will ask these employers to make a 10% contribution to the cost, paid directly to the provider, and the government covers the rest. This cost will be spread over the lifetime of the apprenticeship.


The government is offering additional support to organisations with fewer than 50 employees by paying 100% of training and assessment costs for their apprentices aged 16 to 18 and for those aged 19 to 24 formerly in care or with a local authority education, health and care plan.


Are all UK employers going to benefit?

Employers that do not pay the levy will still be able to access government support for apprenticeships.


Employers in England that pay the levy will be able to access the funds they have paid in via a new online portal called the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS). They will also receive a 10% top-up from the Government to their total monthly contributions in England.


All employers in England have access to a new, easy-to-use digital apprenticeship service to help digital apprenticeship service to help them manage their apprenticeship programme.


If you have any questions regarding the levy which remain unanswered, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01902 716100 or email info@novatraining.co.uk and we will do our utmost to answer your queries. 


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