Apprenticeships for employers

Apprenticeships tailored to your business needs.

Shape your future workforce through apprenticeships

Benefit from staff development relevant to your organisation and ensure employees are building skills and knowledge directly related to their job.

Apprenticeships can be used to cost-effectively train new staff or upskill existing staff – boost the skills in your workforce and see productivity improve whilst creating a learning culture and a socially responsible business that seeks to reduce local unemployment.

Are you an individual aged 16+ looking to start an apprenticeship? Please visit our apprenticeships for individuals page or view our current apprenticeship vacancies.

What are apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are training programmes lasting between 12 and 30 months providing the apprentice with practical, on-the-job experience and qualifications and providing you with loyal employees to fill a skills gap cost-effectively, or upksill your current staff.

  • Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying to gain job-specific skills and knowledge.
  • Apprentices can be new or current employees.
  • Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum apprenticeship wage.

Your apprentice must:

  • Work with experienced staff.
  • Learn job-specific skills.
  • Study during their working week (for example, at a college or training organisation).
  • Undertake 20% formal off-the-job training.
  • Be provided with the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment.

Off-the-job training

All apprenticeships must include 20% off-the-job training to reinforce practical, work-based learning with theory. It’s training received by the apprentice, during the apprentice’s regular working hours, for the purpose of achieving their apprenticeship. Contact us to find out more about what this entails and how it is implemented.

Download the apprenticeship journey.

You can get government funding to cover some of the cost of training and assessing an apprentice if you’re in England.  Find out more about the Apprenticeship Levy.

As an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ national training provider, our experience, expertise and dedication to providing positive outcomes means we are best placed to provide apprenticeships for your business needs across a wide variety of departments within your organisation.

  • We will undertake an organisational needs analysis. 
  • We provide an Apprenticeship Recruitment Service where we manage vacancies and the recruitment process in line with your requirements.
  • We will provide you with a Service Level Agreement.
Organisational Needs Analysis

Working alongside you, we will jointly identify current training opportunities and facilitate future training needs.

Service-Level Agreement

We provide a service level agreement detailing our commitment to you as your Grade 1 Ofsted Outstanding Training provider.

Total Negotiated Price

The total price agreed between the employer and provider as the cost to the provider for delivery of the apprenticeship programme, to calculate government funding for apprenticeship programmes and to monitor apprenticeship programme costs.

  1. Contact us on 01245 254 875 or to discuss the job role you’re looking to fill.
  2. We’ll help you choose an apprenticeship that matches what your looking at the appropriate level.
  3. We’ll check what funding is available to you – this can vary depending on the size of your organisation. Find out more about funding and the Apprenticeship Levy.
  4. As part of our service we provide an apprenticeship recruitment service, which includes screening applicants to ensure they’re the right fit for your business. You then interview and select your apprentice.
  5. We will then set up your Service Level Agreement.

In the March 2021 Budget, the Government announced further employer incentives for apprenticeships in recognition of the value they bring to the economy until September 2021.

  • £3,000 for each new apprentice hired of any age.
  • Together with the existing £1,000 payment provided for new apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Therefore an employer can claim a total of £4,000 per apprentice.

Until 31 July 2021 employers can also receive £1,000 for each new trainee taken on, therefore an employer progressing a trainee into an apprenticeship can receive up to £5,000 for one new employee. Please view our traineeship page to find out more.

Please contact us if you have any queries about the incentive payments or how to register.

Apprentices who joined your organisation before 1 April 2021

For new apprentices who joined your organisation between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021 aged:

  • 16 to 24, employers will receive £2,000.
  • 25 and over, employers will receive £1,500.

You must apply for these apprentice incentives before 31 May 2021.

The benefits of apprenticeships

  • Bespoke programmes that are cost-effective and designed to meet the needs of your business.
  • Training is integrated into the work week minimising disruption and tailored to the job role and requirements.
  • Opportunity to fill a skills gap that is unique to your business.
  • Current employees build skills in mentoring, training and management.
  • Boost loyalty and morale resulting in reduced staff turnover.
  • Build a socially responsible business by providing opportunities for the local community and reducing unemployment.
  • Create a learning culture to build knowledge, competence and skills in your current workforce.

Apprenticeships are suitable for any sector, from education to construction to health and social care.

View apprenticeships by sector:

Funding and the Apprenticeship Levy

As an employer you fall into one of two groups: levy payers  and non-levy payersIf you’re an employer with a pay bill over £3million each year, you must pay the Apprenticeship Levy, employers with a pay bill of less than £3 million a year will not need to pay the levy. 

Levy payers

As an employer, you’ll have to pay Apprenticeship Levy each month if you have an annual pay bill of more than £3 million - Apprenticeship Levy is charged at 0.5% of your annual pay bill. You’ll receive funds to spend on training and assessing your apprentices. The government will add 10%.

Non-Levy payers

You pay 5% towards the cost of training and assessing your apprentice. You need to: agree a payment schedule with the training organisation and pay them directly for the training. The government will pay the rest (95%) up to the funding band maximum. They’ll pay it directly to the training organisation. You could be eligible for extra funding depending on both your and your apprentice’s circumstances.

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Careers and Employability

We have apprenticeships available to support careers and employability practitioners in a number of educational settings from schools to colleges and universities, or for those looking to help break down barriers for those furthest from the job market. Make a difference in someone’s life by supporting them to succeed.


Build careers in construction with formal qualifications and training that build up skills in your workforce, with apprenticeships that span from Level 2 to Level 6.

An apprenticeship in construction ensures your team have the practical knowledge and training needed to perform in their role effectively, and develop a loyal and talented workforce in the process.

Customer Service

Businesses are judged on their quality of interactions with customer service teams. Ensure your staff are providing great customer service across different platforms that will see you grow your business and ensure your customers return again and again.

Digital Media and Marketing

Ensure your marketing team are leveraging the best channels, platforms and strategies. Digital marketing is always evolving – don’t let your staff and your organisation get left behind.


Apprenticeships are a great way for schools to improve the skills base of their employees. They are a tried and tested way to recruit new staff, and to retrain or upskill existing staff of all ages and levels of experience, in a wide variety of roles. You can use apprenticeships to provide training that is tailored to the needs and requirements of your
school, with learning in the workplace as well as through formal training, to minimise disruption and maximise impact.

Are you a school looking to spend your apprenticeship levy?

We provide a number of apprenticeships to support the upskilling of your current staff and to ensure you make the full use of your levy. Our apprenticeships cover your teaching staff, business staff and support staff.

Food Industry

Develop skills relevant to the needs of your business with our apprenticeships – directly impact productivity, staff morale and reduce staff turnover by investing in your most valuable asset – your people.

Health and Social Care

Ensure your frontline staff have the necessary skills, practical experience and knowledge to provide life-changing care and support for vulnerable adults that you have responsibility for.


IT is a pivotal role within any organisation, and our apprenticeships will help your staff bring technology to life, in-house or remotely. Now is the time to ensure you’re connected, communicating and committed to staff development within IT.


Retail offers a number of roles spanning from being on a shop floor helping customers face-to-face, supporting sales on the phone or online to market researcher, marketing, design and warehousing. Cover your staff training cost-effectively with an apprenticeship that cover a number of roles within retail.


How skilled are your sales team at selling? Do you want to exceed your targets? Upskill your current staff and/or attract new talent into sales and telesales and and meet your skills priorities with apprenticeship frameworks that have been developed in collaboration with BT and The Institute of Sales and Marketing Management.

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