BCF's Apprenticeship service

With the apprenticeship reforms now in effect in the UK, it is no longer as simple as handing your training needs over to a training provider to deliver a qualification. Employers now face several responsibilities to action and feedback we’ve received from members is that apprenticeship management can be a burdensome. For this reason, the BCF's Apprenticeships Service is on hand to meet the specific development and employment needs of paints, inks and wallcoverings companies. The BCF’s Apprenticeships Service can ensure that the complexities and associated administration involved in taking on apprentices, and making use of levy funds, is taken care of.

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The service has been purpose built for the BCF by the Apprenticeship Management Group (AMG). As an Apprentice Training Agency (ATA) the AMG can employ apprentices on behalf of BCF members. The AMG are specialists in recruitment with a dedicated team which works solely in the sector, this is combined with a comprehensive understanding for candidates who will meet and exceed your expectations and thrive in your businesses. 


The support and additional opportunities available to all companies to engage an apprentice have never been better. In addition to the £3,000 incentive that the Government has made available, which is paid to employers for every new start Apprentice in England between April to September 2021, the access to Government Levy funds to support Apprenticeships for new and existing personnel in England has been opened wider and covers all sectors. Similar offers are available in the other countries in the UK.


To support our members maximise their engagement, we continue to work closely with the AMG, who have helped several BCF members to scope the opportunities to incorporate Apprenticeships as part of their own training and development programme, recruit new apprentices and identify the most suitable Apprenticeship Standard for existing employees.


Benefits of BCF's Apprenticeship Service

  • Checks of Candidates:

    Advertising, filtering,phone interviewing, shortlisting, ‘eligibility to work’ checks of candidates

  • Organisation of interviews:

    We will handle theorganisation of the interview process on your behalf

  • Employment Contracts:

    BCF can help in the drafting& issuing of employment contracts and support documentation

  • Guidance and Support:

    One to one guidance andsupport for both apprentice and manager

  • Comprehensive payroll services:

    We'll provide support withcomprehensive payroll services

  • HR support:

    Our service will supplyrequired HR support

  • Legal overview:

    We draft and issueemployment contracts and support documentation with legal overview

  • In-year performance management and review:

    We provide in-yearperformance and management review so you don't have to

  • Levy Management and management of digital accounts:

    We ensure correct paymentsare made and can manage your digital levy account

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Technical apprenticeships

To further help members take advantage of technical apprenticeships, BCF’s Apprenticeship Service has teamed up with Tiro, a leading trainer provider for science and technology apprenticeships. Tiro’s level 3 Laboratory Technician and Science Manufacturing Technician apprenticeships will both utilise the Coatings Training Institute as the knowledge element of the apprenticeship. Six CTI modules, selected by the Apprentice and their Manager to support their learning and job role, are included in the Laboratory Technician and Science Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeships with Tiro. This allows BCF members to benefit from government funding to cover the cost of the CTI modules, something that has not previously been possible.

Tiro apprentices will receive both a Tiro tutor, alongside a CTI tutor who has extensive knowledge of the coatings industry. They are also supported by a company mentor, who can support the apprentice as they move through the course material.

The CTI training provides great benefits, both to the employee and the organisation. Our new partnership with Tiro enables their apprentices to develop an extensive knowledge of the coatings industry.

Level 3 Laboratory Technician

Level 3 Science Manufacturing Technician

Coatings specific coursework

Another key benefit of the BCF’s Apprenticeship Service is the option to introduce coatings specific modules from the Coatings Training Institute (CTI) to fulfil the coursework requirements of an apprenticeship. Many BCF members have students enrolled in CTI already, the new apprenticeship service could cover the cost of the modules through the use of the apprenticeship levy. There are over 60 coatings and inks specific modules, the choice of courses can be tailored for the specific needs of the apprentice.

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The costs to your company

The service will cost 10% of the apprentice salary, plus a 10% contribution to training costs is applicable.

The cost of the levy management service is £45 per month for each apprentice managed via AMG, plus the 10% contribution to training costs if applicable.

For those who don’t have their own Levy Account, the contribution to training costs has reduced from 10%to 5% i.e. the Government will pay 95% of the cost and the employer contributesa maximum of 5% which is paid in equal payments across the whole period of theApprenticeship.

Contact us

For more information, email or phone Tricia Henry at 07990 002 072 or Michelle McCutcheon at 07990 002 071 or fill out the form.

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