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Apprenticeships explained

Apprenticeships deliver real returns to your bottom line, they help to improve productivity and to be more competitive. Training apprentices is more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs.

Good for business

They fill your skill gaps

Apprenticeships deliver skills designed around your business needs. They also help you develop the specialist skills you need to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in your sector.

They motivate your workforce

Apprentices tend to be eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invested in them. Remember, an apprentice is with you because they want to be – they have made an active choice to learn on the job and a commitment to a specific career.

We have over 20 years’ experience of placing apprentices in businesses. We do this by following our unique apprenticeship training development model, which enables us to work closely with you to identify the apprenticeship framework which is best for your business, find suitable candidates and measure the impact the apprenticeship has on your organisation to show real business benefits.

We will:

  • help you decide which apprenticeship programme is right for your business
  • explain the way that apprenticeships might work for you
  • identify if funding is available
  • support your existing staff into apprenticeships or help you to recruit an apprentice
  • agree a training plan with you and your apprentice
  • deliver the training and provide on-going support to you and your apprentice, with regular feedback
  • measure the impact an apprentice has had on your business.

We would welcome the opportunity to visit your company to discuss our apprenticeship service. To arrange a free, no obligation visit call our Employer Training Services team on 01234 291747 or complete our online enquiry form.

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to national recognised qualifications. They provide a cost-effective way of training your workforce.

How an Apprenticeship works

Who are they for?

You can use the apprenticeship programme to train new employees or existing employees who change to a different job role.

What does it involve?

An apprentice must be employed by you for a minimum of 30 hours per week to complete the apprenticeship. Most of the training is ‘on the job’ at your premises. The rest is delivered by us at College. As with all employees, you are also responsible for their wages and paying any tax and national insurance.

How long does it take?

The length of an apprenticeship varies depending upon the prior skills of the apprentice, the qualification being obtained and the industry sector. Generally, apprenticeships take between one and three years to complete.

Is there a cost?

If you take on a 16-18 year old apprentice you only pay their salary – the government will fund their training. If you take on someone 19 or over, as well as paying their salary you will need to make a contribution towards the cost of their training each year (the government will part-fund their training).

Still have a question we’ve not answered above? Complete our online enquiry form or call our Employer Training Services team on 01234 291747.


Your responsibilities


  • Interview and select the apprentice
  • Issue a contract of employment
  • Provide a safe and secure working environment
  • Provide supervision and mentoring
  • Commit to providing time off for learning
  • Provide sufficient breadth of experience to cover the apprenticeship framework

Our responsibilities


  • Administration of the apprenticeship programme
  • Delivery of training
  • Assessment of work-based competence
  • Mentoring of the apprentice
  • Intermediary between the apprentice and employer
  • Quality of learning experience