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This Modern Apprenticeship helps you bring in new talent, as well as upskill and retain current staff. It’s suitable for employees who work in payroll, human resources or financial administration.

The qualification

SCQF level 6

Your employee will study for the CBQ Certificate in Payroll at SCQF level 6.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this Modern Apprenticeship but a high standard of literacy or numeracy would be beneficial.

Progression and development

After completing this Modern Apprenticeship, your employees will have the skills and knowledge they need to take on a mid-senior position in payroll, including payroll supervisor, assistant payroll manager or payroll team leader.

SCQF qualification levels explained

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How is it funded?

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

See training contribution calculator below to determine funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employers to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

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Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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Need a little more information or advice?

Call our advisers to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships. 

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