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I am an employer...

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a work-based learning programme designed by employers for employers. Apprenticeships represent a cost effective innovative way to progress your existing staff’s Continuous Professional Development (CPD) or bring in new enthusiastic staff to meet the demands of your business.

The government say 96% of employers who took on an Apprentice reported benefits to their organisation, and estimates each Apprentice increases their businesses productivity by £214 per week.

Key points to an Apprenticeship:

  • Apprentices must be over 16 years old
  • Apprentices must be employed in a genuine job for 30+ hours per week (this can include their day at college). They CANNOT be self – employed or a volunteer
  • Apprentices must complete 20% off the job training
  • Minimum length of an Apprenticeship is 12 months and 1 week. Apprentices should have a contract of employment for the duration of the Apprenticeship including End-point assessment.

We offer a variety of Apprenticeship in industries including Hairdressing, Engineering, Childcare, Construction, Business support plus many more. Click below to view the Apprenticeship Courses we have to offer.

What are the benefits to my business?

Improved Staff Morale

92% of businesses employing Apprentices report a more motivated and satisfied workforce. 
Improved profits

Improved Profits

81% of businesses employing Apprentices report improved profits.

Skills for the Future and Staff Retention

80% of employers report Apprenticeship training has increased staff retention.

Increased Productivity

£214 a week. Businesses using Apprenticeships have increased productivity.


What funding is available?


Apprentices aged 16 to 18 are fully funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and no employer contribution is required. Apprentices aged 19 and over are only part funded by the SFA and therefore an employer contribution towards training and support costs may be required.

You must also commit to 30 hours a week at a minimum rate of £4.15 per hour for those under 19 and those over 19 but in the first year of their Apprenticeship. However, this is only a minimum hourly rate and employers are encouraged to pay more where possible.

Further commitments:

  • Provide a contract of employment and an Apprenticeship Agreement - Click here for a template
  • Assign a mentor who will supervise, monitor and train the apprentice(s) in the workplace.
  • Provide opportunities for training and development, ensuring relevant experience is being gained in the workplace for the appropriate Apprenticeship Programme.
  • Allow time for your apprentice to study and attend training at college (typically one day a week).
  • Encourage your apprentice to undertake further studies, and offer progression where possible.

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) manages Apprenticeships as a national programme through its network of training providers.

You can find out more about employing an apprentice visit gov​.uk


Once we have an understanding of your requirements, we will help to secure your ideal candidate:

  • By using the college recruitment process, you save valuable time and resources, and can be confident that you are getting the right person for the job.
  • If you already have someone in mind to be your apprentice, or they already work for you, we will meet with them to discuss how the programme works and what the opportunities are. We will also help to secure any funding that you may be eligible for, although an employer contribution may be required.
  • Click on the following to view the Employers Guide to Apprenticeship Recruitment


You need to think about:

  • The basic duties you expect of your apprentice.
  • The type of person that will fit your business.
  • What that person will be worth to you.

As a minimum your Job Description needs to be a brief summary of the job role, followed by a list of duties to be carried out. This can then be used as part of your advert to recruit an apprentice.

Please don’t worry if you’re struggling with the Job Description. Contact us on 01780 484300 and ask for the Apprenticeships Team who will be happy to help.


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