Level 2 Fitted Interiors Apprenticeship

Providing apprentices with a first-class foundation to their installation career whilst delivering a simple solution for installers wanting to take on an Apprentice.

In October 2021 we announced an update on the new Level 2 Fitted Interiors apprenticeship programme, which aims to tackle the long-term skills gap crisis in the KBB industry, by offering installers easy and affordable access to apprentices with a ground-breaking employer package.

Working with a network of strategic partners in the development of the KBB Fitted Interiors Apprenticeship, we have created a solution that enables installers to take on apprentices without having to deal with complications such as recruitment, employment and training provision whilst creating job opportunities for hundreds of youngsters within the KBB installation sector, via a national network of approved Centres of Excellence.

A new Apprenticeship for the next generation

 

Training up to 100% funded

The government are funding Apprenticeships, covering up to 100% of the training costs. Now is a great time to hire an Apprentice!

2 years, 80% on the job learning

The Apprenticeship is for 2 years and involves 20% college learning (1 day per week, or block learning available). 

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BiKBBI Skills Plus available

Whether it’s simple advice and guidance, to full support including employment, funding, recruitment, management and development.

Please support our Apprenticeships…

Whether you’re an installer or installation business, a retailer, supplier, distributor or manufacturer, you can get involved with the much needed Apprenticeship programme in a number of ways – and we need your support, so please get involved!

INSTALLATION BUSINESS: Are you an installer or installation business considering hiring an Apprentice?

Hiring an apprentice is a great way to develop the skilled and experienced workforce you need to grow your business whilst providing an opportunity for the talent of tomorrow. And with our new ground-breaking employer package, apprenticeships just become an even more viable option.

The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation now offers support in finding the right apprentice, arranging their training provision and even taking care of the more complicated elements of being an employer such as employment and payroll.

So, if you are passionate about positive change, growing the future workforce and fixing the skills gap shortage, register your interest here.

FUTURE APPRENTICE: Are you considering a career installing kitchens, bedrooms or bathrooms?

The industry is screaming out for talented people to join the sector.

Whether you are a school leaver thinking about your first steps into the workplace, currently in further education and considering a change of course or perhaps you are contemplating a change of career, the KBB installation industry provides a great opportunity for a diverse and rewarding vocation.

Take the first step in your career in KBB, register your interest here.

WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE: Are you a school or youth service?

The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) delivers Apprenticeship fact finding sessions in schools, colleges and youth settings.

If you would like BiKBBI to attend your setting, please get in touch with comms@bikbbi.org.uk and we’ll discuss the format, availability and further detail.

INDUSTRY: Are you a retailer, supplier, distributor or manufacturer wanting to support our Apprenticeship efforts?

The success of the Level 2 Fitted Interiors Apprenticeship is reliant on the whole industry supporting the programme. Quite simply we need your help because we cannot do this alone.

Whilst you may not be able to support us by taking on an apprentice, if you are in the KBB industry, it is likely that you can support us in a number of ways:

– By becoming a BiKBBI Corporate Sponsor

– By supporting our training partners with product to help the learning process

– By promoting this page to your audience – share the word!

– By encouraging your contacts to consider joining the organisation:

     Installers / Installation Businesses
     Retailers
     Suppliers / Distributors / Manufacturers

– By encouraging your customers to choose a BiKBBI registered business

If you are interested in learning more about our vision for the industry, not only in relation to apprenticeships but other ways we are driving change, we would welcome the opportunity to chat with you. Email the team comms@bikbbi.org.uk 

TRAINING PROVIDER: Are you a training provider wanting to deliver the Apprenticeship?

Do you represent a training provider? Perhaps a college, or independent training company?

We are continuously looking to expand our network of training providers nationally, and we would like to hear from you if you are interested in the delivery of Apprenticeship learning. Contact us here.

MEDIA: Are you a member of the press?

Well then you’re incredibly important too!

The one thing we haven’t got is a big budget to share the Apprenticeship initiative, so we really do rely on you to help.

Can you publish our adverts, cover our story or share our message? Our Director of Marketing & Communication, Michelle Daniels, would love to chat! Please contact her on 01375 213 199, or email michelle.daniels@bikbbi.org.uk 

Anything you can do to help would make a real difference:

Apprenticeship FAQ’s

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is an on the job training programme that develops an employees’ competence in the key skills they need to perform in their job role.

The training is designed to be flexible and meet the needs of each individual, building on their strengths and identifying any areas for improvement.

The Apprenticeship programme may involve 1:1 discussion, practical demonstration, assignment work, on the job assessments, online learning, as well as formal taught sessions and workshops.

Apprenticeships are increasingly recognised as the gold standard for work-based training and include qualifications that have been co-developed with employers and employer bodies, to ensure their relevance to the sector and to help to address the UK’s skills shortage areas.

Below are a number of FAQ’s that are designed to support your understanding of the scheme. More information can be found on the .gov website.

What is special about this particular Apprenticeship?

The Level 2 Fitted Interiors Apprenticeship is specific to the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom market. The Apprenticeship Standard itself is the first of its kind, providing a relevant training specifically for this sector.

For the very first time, our industry can benefit from a fit-for-purpose qualification that teaches the foundation knowledge required for a fulfilling career in fitting kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms.

 

How many Apprentices is BiKBBI hoping to recruit through this scheme?

The target cohort each year is 500 new Apprentices during the first three-year period, with an aim to grow this number as the Apprenticeship becomes more established.

What does the L2 Fitted Interiors Apprenticeship cover?

A Fitted Furniture Installer is responsible for preparing and installing furniture including kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms and offices, shops, exhibitions and boat interiors. This is onsite at the customer’s commercial or domestic premises.

Apprentices taking this route will experience a wide variety of projects and interface closely with customers. As part of the programme, apprentices will use a range of tools and equipment to carry out the job role.

OCCUPATION DUTIES

In order to ensure sufficient flexibility to meet the needs of the industry whilst maintaining the rigour of every single apprenticeship within it, Installers will need to undertake all mandatory and two of the optional requirements.

MANDATORY

Preparation:

Transporting & Handling of Materials – Ensure the safe transportation and handling of installation equipment and materials. The correct type and quantity of installation equipment and materials have to be located and then transported so that they arrive at the location of the installation in good order.

Installation:

Prepare Location – Prepare location for assembly and placement of furniture. This involves making the assembly and placement area ready for work and preparing the furniture components for assembly.

Measure and Mark Out – Measure and mark out materials to specification.

Power Tools & Hand Tools – Set up and operate tools used to assemble furniture. Understand the tools used within working area and which specific job they are used in.

Assembly – Assemble components of fitted furniture and understand the sequence of assembly and why this is important.

Installation – Install furniture on location to specification. This includes scribing, fixing and securing of furniture using correct fixings relating to foundation secured to etc., adaptations to non- standard situations to specification (i.e., pipe box, sockets, gas meter).

Post Installation:

Re-instate Location – Re-instate a location after assembly and placement of furniture. This involves confirming the end of placement, ensuring all resources are cleared and maintaining customer liaison.

Customer Service – Develop customer relationships. This includes building customer confidence in the level of service provided, meeting the ongoing needs and expectations of customers and developing relationships between customers and your organisation.

Rectification (Remedial) / rework – Carry out rectification or rework. This includes changing hinges and handles. Identify snags and awareness of where to seek help and guidance.

OPTIONAL

Installation:

Gluing – Apply adhesives to components and understand types, methods and processes involved in gluing.

Cut Outs – Complete standard cut-outs in work surfaces for general appliances such as taps, hobs and sinks. This covers using a template, cutting out and finishing the area.

Cramping – Position components and apply cramps to ensure products are positioned securely to specification.

Sanding – Sand wooden work tops, trims, cornices and laminate edgings. Understand grit sizes and the process for sanding.

Veneers & Laminates – Apply edging tape to laminate worktops to specification.

Jigs & Templates – Use and maintain jigs and templates for furniture installation. Jigs for example hinges and templates for example sinks and work tops.

Joints – Cut and join components on site. This could include work top jointing, up-stand, cornices and trims.

Fittings – Prepare and assemble components to specification, finishing and checking the assembly conforms to specifications

Electrical / Mechanical Fittings – First fit mechanical or electrical components to furniture.

Finish composite worktops – Finish work tops to specification following manufacturers’ instructions.

What qualification is achieved?

The Apprentice will achieve a Level 2 Apprenticeship as a Fitted Furniture Installer – a GCSE equivalent qualification.

What grades must candidates have to do the Apprenticeship?

Students must have Maths & English GCSE (or equivalent).

Apprentices without appropriate Maths & English qualifications must achieve these before taking the end-point assessment. This is usually added to the curriculum delivered by the training provider, but students can source alternative learning solutions.

How much will an Apprentice cost my business?

Hiring an Apprentice is a cost effective route to futureproofing your business and is paid in accordance with government regulation on the National Minimum Wage:

  • 16-18 year olds: £4.30 per hour minimum
  • 19+ (year one apprentice): £4.30 per hour minimum
  • 19+ (year two apprentice):
    • Under 18: £4.62 per hour minimum
    • 18-20: £6.56 per hour minimum
    • 21-22: £8.36 per hour minimum
    • 23+: £8.91 per hour minimum

Apprentices are entitled to:

  • Wages for normal working hours (as above)
  • Training as part of the Apprenticeship
  • Study towards English & Maths qualification (if necessary)

typically wages therefore will be (a minimum) of £185 to £235 depending on the above.

What is the BiKBBI Skills Plus service?

Apprenticeships can be a bit of a mine field for many, so BiKBBI has teamed up with The Apprenticeship Group to provide a full suite of support for the industry in the form of the BiKBBI Skills Plus service.

OPTION ONE:
ATA Service

This service is recommended to small/micro businesses (whether sole traders, partnerships or companies) who wish to take on a new starter Apprentice.

BiKBBI Skills Plus will employ the Apprentice on behalf of the employer for the duration of the apprenticeship, thus removing all of the administrative burden of recruitment, employment and managing the training provider element of the apprenticeship.

What’s included in this service?

Recruitment

  • Advertise Roles
  • Shortlisting Candidates
  • Eligibility Checks i.e. Right to Work, funded training etc
  • Organisation of Interviews and follow up including feedback

Employment

  • All Employment Contracts and paperwork
  • H&S Checks
  • Payroll Services
  • Incentive Applications

Training

  • Assign training provider
  • Training Provider Contract, Monitoring and Reporting
  • Activity and Finance Reporting
  • Claim of the (95%) funding allocation monthly
  • Management of (5%) employer contribution
  • End Point Assessor contracting

Programme and Performance Management

  • Performance Review
  • Pastoral Support
  • HR Support & Advice

Completion

  • Handover to host employer
  • Option to extend employment with Skills Plus for a further 12 months to enable maturity in role
  • Qualification Award

How much does this service cost?

1. Apprentice Wage (16/17 years £185 per week – 18 plus £235 per week);

2. 10% Management Fee based on Apprentice Monthly Salary (£18 – £24 a week);

3. 5% Apprenticeship Training Cost Employer element paid to the Training Provider, based on the cost of the Apprenticeship Qualification (typically only £3 to £10 a week, the remaining 95% is paid directly to the Training Provider by HM Government).

OPTION TWO:
Levy Management Service

This service is usually selected by members that pay the Apprenticeship Levy and require a full management service to be operated company wide.

What’s included in this service?

  • Recruitment (if required)
  • Full administration of the levy account including:
    • Registration of new apprentices
    • Co-ordination with training provider levy administrators
    • Tracking of payments to training providers
    • Monthly reconciliation of all transactions
  • Reporting and analysis including
    • Full history of transactions
    • Full forecasting
    • Details of live and completed apprentices
    • Track progression of individual apprentices
    • Database of qualifications
  • Full assistance from a dedicated Account Manager with
    • Training provider contracting
    • EPA contracting

How much does this service cost?

Levy Management Monthly Learner Fee dependent on volume payment scale £40.00 per Learner per month.

 

OPTION THREE:
Recruitment only

Available to any business regardless of type or size.

What’s included in this service?

  • Recruitment
    • Scoping Organisational Need
    • Advertising Roles
    • Shortlisting and Assessment of Candidates
    • Eligibility Checks i.e. Right to Work, funded training etc
    • Organisation of Interviews and follow up including feedback to all candidates

How much does this service cost?

£625 to include existing promotional and advertising platforms (plus additional cost, as specifically agreed for requested advertising).

 

FIND OUT MORE?

Email bikbbi@theapprenticeshipgroup.co.uk

Why is the BiKBBI Skills Plus service a better option than taking on an Apprentice direct?

The very reason why these initiatives are favoured by employers, and indeed entire industry sectors, is that without support and assistance the employers simply give up on their best intentions to take on an apprentice and train an individual to engage and work in the way that suits their business.

Instead, they will often give it a go, find the whole process of registering as an apprentice employer overwhelming and simply revert to recruiting without training.

By choosing the BiKBBI Skills Plus service, the stress of recruiting, sourcing and engaging a training provider and an assessor, as well as claiming the government apprenticeship funding and early days processes is all removed, leaving employers free to invest time in their apprentice and running their business.

Will each business be able to choose the Apprentice they take on?

Absolutely!

The Apprentice must be the choice of the business, but BiKBBI Skills Plus will support with the entire process.

Can retailers and manufacturers take on an Apprentice?

Yes. The programme is open to all employers.

Are Apprenticeships just for school leavers?

Whilst Apprenticeships are a perfect option for students leaving secondary eductaion, Apprenticeships are not exclusive to this group.

In fact, anyone of any age can undertake an Apprenticeship, either to upskill or gain a relevant qualification, or for those simply wanting a change of career.

Where is my local college?

The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation has developed a national network of training providers that have been Approved by The Institute for Apprenticeships and awarded BiKBBI Approved Training Provider Status.

We will open these centres as demand dictates, so the very first step would be to register your interest.

 

How long is this Apprenticeship?

The Level 2 Fitted Interiors Apprenticeship is an 18 month to 2 year course, with Apprentices spending 20% of their employment with the training provider, and the bulk working with the employer.

Typically this means that the Apprentice will spend 1 day per week at college and the rest ‘on the job’, but some of our Apprenticeship providers cater for block learning – where students go to college full time for block periods of around 12 weeks.

What is an End Point Assessment?

End Point Assessement (EPA) is the final assessment for an apprentice to ensure that they can do the job they have been training for.

EPA is separate to any qualifications or other assessment that the apprentice may undertake during the on‑programme stage of the apprenticeship. These can include observation, test, portfolio review, professional discussion.

EPA is carried out by an independent organisation, not the training provider.

 

What benefit is the Apprenticeship programme to my business?

Skills shortages and staff retention are still among the biggest risks to UK businesses.

Apprenticeships can help businesses across all industries by offering a cost effective route to attract fresh talent and to invest in workforce development. If you have trained staff with the right skills for the job, they can do a wider range of tasks and take on new responsibilities – this can help to reduce skill shortages, minimise staff turnover, improve your customer experience and increase productivity.

Over 130,000 businesses across the UK currently offer Apprenticeship training to their employees, with 20% of employers hiring more Apprentices to help them through the tough economic climate.

96% of employers that take on an apprentice report benefits to their business and 70% of employers report higher productivity and improved quality of products / services.

What are the eligibility requirements for a business wanting to take on an Apprentice?

The business must be recognised as an organisation in the UK. This will most likely be a sole trader or partnership, limited company (LTD) or limited liability partnership (LLP).

Why are Apprenticeships so important?

The UK is facing an enormous challenge relating to skills shortages acorss the entire contruction and refurbishment industry.

Apprenticeships are a vital component of our industry fixing this issue. The creation of a future workforce, to include a new generation, is one clear way to reduce this gap – the provision of a skilled workforce with a relevant qualification.

Is there a limit to the number of Apprentices an employer can take on?

No.

An employer can take on as many they want.

What support must employers give to their Apprentice(s)?

As a member of your workforce, the Apprentice will follow your normal HR policies and procedures and require access to the normal company induction and line management structures.

On average an Apprentice will need to spend approximately one hour per week working on project work in the workplace as part of their training. They will be assigned to an Assessor, who will usually meet with them once a month during working hours, to review progress, coach and support the Apprentice and set new tasks for the month ahead, ensuring that they are making good progress against the required standards.

It’s also important that your Apprentice receives regular feedback from their line manager, in order for them to improve and implement their skills  effectively in the workplace.

Must Apprentices be employed - Are there other options?

Yes, Apprentices must be employed.

However, in addition to advice, guidance and support, BiKBBI* can employ the Apprentice on behalf of the installer. We remove all complexity for installers, helping the industry to embrace Apprenticeships.

* BiKBBI Skills Plus is operated by The Apprenticeship Group

What funding is available to employers?

Currently Training Providers in England* access funding via the Skills Funding Agency to deliver the Apprenticeship training. This funding covers the full cost of training for those aged 16 – 18 years and a proportion of the cost for those aged 19 years and over.

The employer is expected to contribute to the costs of the Apprenticeship for those aged over 19 years however this can be an ‘In-kind’ rather than cash contribution.

There are also additional financial incentives for SMEs that take on 16 – 18 years old Apprentices under the current system, with grants available from £1500 to £3,500 (depending on the location of the SME and subject to regional variations).

From 6th April 2017, the Government introduced the Apprenticeship Levy.

* In Wales Apprenticeships are funded by the Welsh Assembly and in Scotland by Skills Development Scotland.

Are small businesses taking on apprentices through this scheme entitled to apprenticeship levy money/other government incentives?

Small businesses are not charged the apprenticeship levy. This is a tax-like cost for large businesses collected through their payrolls by HMRC.

Large businesses have a limited time when they can then use the levy that they have paid to fund apprenticeship training.

Small businesses are not taxed the levy but their apprenticeship training is still funded by the government up to 95%.

This means that SME’s are asked to contribute 5% towards any training that they require but this is spread over the period of the apprenticeship.

Typically, a £4000 apprenticeship will cost the employer £200 spread over say 18 months i.e. about £12 per month which is collected and paid through the programme.

What is the wage rate for Apprentices?

Like every type of job in the UK, apprenticeships are governed by a national minimum wage.

The current minimum apprenticeship wage (2021) is £4.30 per hour. This is based on the national apprenticeship wage, which was last updated in the April 2021 budget by Rishi Sunak.

However, apprentice wages in the UK are also dependent on a few factors which includes your age and how much of your apprenticeship you have completed.

Find out more from the .gov website