Building Careers

Apprenticeship Programme.

Our mission is to change the lives of our learners for the better, support is our number one priority across the business, and we believe no matter what the challenge is, with the right support and commitment anyone that wants to succeed can. The Universal Skills staff live and breathe our five company values and recognise colleagues and learners for going the extra mile.


USG work closely with employers and awarding organisations to provide apprentices with present knowledge and skills to set clear goals and opportunities through education.


Knowledge, skills and behaviours are gained throughout the programme. Apprentices progress through observation and interaction, including frequent evaluations.


Apprentices develop detailed knowledge and skills across the programme. This is reflected in results from tests and examinations that meet learner and employer expectations.

A brief guide...

The Apprenticeship Levy & Funding.

If you’re an employer with a pay bill over £3 million each year, you must pay the apprenticeship levy each month.

The levy due by an employer is paid to HMRC through the PAYE process alongside payment of Income Tax and National Insurance contributions and is held in a 'digital fund'. Your digital funds can be used to fund the recruitment of apprentices into your workforce as well as support the skills development of your existing employees.

The use of the levy for funding apprenticeships commenced after 1st May 2017 - Funds you don’t use will expire 24 months after they enter your account. For example, funds entering your account in September 2019 will expire in September 2021.

For further information or to discuss how we can support you in making the most out of your Levy, please contact our dedicated Apprenticeship Team.



Off the job training myths.


“Off-the-job training can be done in the apprentice’s own time”

An apprenticeship is a work-based programme so all off-the-job training must take place within the apprentice’s normal working hours.

“English & maths counts towards the 20% requirement for off-the-job training”

This is not true: English and maths (at level 2 or below) does not count towards the 20% off-the-job training.

“I need to document all of the apprentice’s off-the-job training”

A commitment statement must be in place from the beginning of the apprenticeship, setting out the training content an apprentice will receive and which elements count towards the off-the-job training.

"My apprentice will spend a lot of time away from the workplace"

It can be delivered flexibly, for example, as a part of each day, one day per week, one week out of five or as block release. You may already have existing training programmes or materials you can use to deliver elements of the apprentice’s off-the-job training.

“Off-the-job training must be delivered by a provider in a classroom, at an external location”

This is not true. Off-the-job training can be delivered in a flexible way.This can be at the apprentice’s usual place of work, or at an external location. It can include for example, the teaching of theory, practical training and writing assignments.

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What is

20% off the job training?


Before deciding to take on an apprentice, consider the support and commitment required to off the job training as part of an apprenticeship. Off-the-job training is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of day-to-day work duties and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship. This training takes place within the apprentice’s normal (contracted) working hours.


Off-the-job training must make up at least 20% of the apprentice’s normal working hours over the planned duration of the apprenticeship.


You can deliver off-the-job training in the apprentice’s normal workplace or at an external location.


Progress reviews and on-programme assessment do not count towards 20% off-the-job training.

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How we did...

Our OFSTED Report

Our last monitoring visit: February 2020


E-Portfolio Employer Login

Track your apprentices' progress and feedback.


Apprenticeship Levy & DAS Account

From the 1st of November 2020, all employers are expected to have a Digital Apprenticeship Service account.

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Contact Us 

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41-43 Monckton Rd Ind. Est.
Denby Dale Rd
Wakefield WF2 7AL

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