MICRO businesses have the option to add additional units of training for new apprentices.
Depending on their age, these will be fully or partially funded with 100% funding for 16 to 18-year-olds, 50% funding for those aged 19 to 25 and 40% funding for apprentices aged 25 and above.
The reason why businesses with fewer than 10 employees can add up to two broader skills units per apprentice is to enable apprentices to be more flexible and undertake the wider range of tasks often required in small businesses.
Businesses can agree the two extra units with their training provider. Units available are in the areas of business administration, finance, accounting, law and human resource management levels 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Employers and providers should consider which units are most appropriate for the individual, in terms of what their current and future job is likely to entail, and the overall business needs of the firm.
The specific units chosen do not have to be at the same level as the apprenticeship, as the National Apprenticeship Service recognises that the unit may be in an area where an individual has little or no knowledge, or conversely, where they wish to extend their knowledge.
Units may be in the same sector subject area as the apprenticeship framework, but do not have to be.
An apprentice can be funded for up to two additional skills units in total, irrespective of how many apprenticeships they undertake.
Once an individual has received the additional units as part of their apprenticeship, they are no longer eligible for further units, even if they have not successfully completed them.
For full details visit www.ap prenticeships.org.uk.