Frequently Asked Questions

What makes the Bauer Academy unique?

As well as being positioned inside one of the world’s biggest media businesses, we have created a delivery model for Apprenticeship Standards that always puts the learner first. Our tutors are industry experts, so they have (and are) walking the walk! Our professional development coaches have regular contact with learners to ensure that they stay on track and get maximum value from their programme. This refreshing approach has led to brilliant outcomes; to date* from our hundreds of Apprentices, 100% pass rates (77% merits/distinctions), endorsement from Government, commendations from accreditation bodies, and consistently high praise from learners, line managers and clients. During the Academy’s first Ofsted visit the team was praised for its clear vision and strategy, passion for excellence, and commitment to doing things differently.

Aren’t Apprenticeships only for young people at ‘entry level’?

Apprenticeships have changed significantly and can be used to train, develop and upskill existing staff as well as new recruits. The Bauer Academy are successfully running Apprenticeship Standard programmes in this way across a variety of business sectors.

How are the Apprenticeships funded?

If you’re an employer based in England with a salary bill in excess of £3 million each year, you will be paying the Apprenticeship Levy via HMRC, and these funds will be held in a Digital Apprenticeship Service account.

This money is used to fund the Apprenticeship Standard training delivered by a training provider like the Bauer Academy, who are on the Government-approved register.

For smaller businesses, (or once the levy funds are spent), the Government will pay for 95% of the cost of the Apprenticeship Standard training.

Funds will expire 24 months after they enter your digital account, unless you spend them on Apprenticeship training, so it’s a case of use it or lose it!

How can busy working professionals complete the 20% off the job training requirement?

We prefer to call this DDT (dedicated development time), and it’s not as challenging as it sounds. We provide a flexible approach that is carefully aligned to each learner’s role.

DDT can include all of the time spent in workshops, quarterly coaching sessions, self-guided learning, as well as other activity such as spending time shadowing other people in the business, mentoring sessions, job swaps, attending conferences or webinars, even time spent listening to relevant podcasts. Our Development Coaches help each delegate to keep track of DDT using a reflective log that each delegate completes once a month.

How flexible are Apprenticeship Standard programmes?

Whilst all of our Apprenticeship Standard programmes will meet and exceed the requirements of the Standard and the corresponding end point assessment, we ensure that they are tailor-made to meet the requirements of each client’s people, business and culture. For example, we have recently created a ‘Junior Content Producer level 3’ programme for a well-known charity’s new brand identity launch, to ensure that their marketing team – who are based across different locations in England – are aligned and upskilled as ‘Brand Ambassadors’ to deliver this new launch effectively.

How many learners can we put on to one of your Apprenticeship Standard programmes?

We typically work with client cohorts of 8 -15 delegates, however please talk to us if you have smaller numbers – we’ll try to help!

Where do the workshops and visits take place for your Apprenticeship Standard programmes?

These can take place in your business premises or ours; we have locations in all major English cities.

Do you have fixed start dates for your Apprenticeship Standard programmes?

We don’t have fixed start dates, preferring to work with our clients to schedule programmes around the needs of their business. Some clients elect for a small number of their learners to integrate with our Bauer Media Apprenticeship Standard programmes, with workshops normally taking place in London, Peterborough and Manchester and starting each Autumn and Spring.

How do I ensure that we communicate the opportunity for Apprenticeship Standard programmes effectively?

This is key to winning both hearts and minds, and this is particularly important for line managers as well as the delegates themselves. We can advise and assist with all aspects of communications relating to the programme, including drop in sessions, marketing materials, and enrolment workshops.

What are the minimum requirements for delegates taking part in the Apprenticeship Standard programmes?

In terms of prior qualifications for level 3 & 4 Apprenticeship Standards, delegates need evidence of achieving level 2 (normally grade C or above in GCSE or O’ level) in English and maths prior to end point assessment – however if any delegates don’t have these qualifications our coaches and functional skills team will be happy to help. We also offer guidance for delegates who have lost their certificates!

How much does an Apprenticeship Standard programme cost*?

Our portfolio comprises a number of programmes, all with different maximum funding bands:

  • Advertising & Media Executive Level 3 – £8k per delegate
  • Digital Marketer level 3 – £11k per delegate
  • Junior Content Producer level 3 – £12k per delegate
  • Sales Executive level 4 – £6k per delegate
  • Team Leader/Supervisor level 3 – £4.5k per delegate
  • Senior Leaders MSc Apprenticeship Degree with De Montfort University – level 7 – £18k per delegate

*information correct as of June 2019

What is the expected duration of the apprenticeship programme?

  • Advertising & Media Executive – 14 months
  • Digital Marketer – 15 months
  • Junior Content Producer – 14 months
  • Sales Executive – 14 months
  • Team Leader/Supervisor – 14 months
  • Senior Leaders MSc Apprenticeship Degree with De Montfort University – 22 months

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