Apprenticeships – Employer information

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The variety of apprenticeships that are now available means that employers can not only recruit, train, and shape new employees at an intermediate level but also develop the skills of existing employees. Higher apprenticeships can be used to help upskill current employees through training right up to university-level qualifications.

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Why take on an apprentice?

Employers often tell us that integrating apprenticeships into their organisation brings a range of additional benefits to their business by providing:

  • a fresh approach and fresh ideas
  • improved productivity
  • reduced recruitment costs
  • a significant return on investment
  • addresses any skills gaps
  • helps shape a loyal workforce

If you are interested in taking on an apprentice please fill out the form below and our employer services team will get in touch with you to talk you through the next steps.

Why should you choose to work with us?

A personal touch

A key account manager, who specialises in your specific industry, will be assigned to you. Your account manager will be your main point of contact, becoming an extension of your team with the ability to understand the needs of your business. If required, an organisational needs analysis will be carried out to assess skills gaps and what type of training is needed to meet the challenges of the future.

Unrivalled support

Working with us will give you access to a huge team of experienced advisors, work-based learning managers and tutors and dedicated support staff who will take care of every aspect of your recruitment, training and development needs. This includes regular updates on the progress of your staff and advice on funding, grants and changes to government policy which may affect you. There will be opportunities to benefit from discounted training and continuing professional development.

Mentor Training

For businesses that take on apprentices, it is critical to find an effective workplace mentor to aid the development of the apprentice. Finding the right mentor can be difficult, so we will work with you to help identify and train suitable individuals for these key roles. Not only does this help the success and retention of your apprentices, it can also benefit your existing staff and prepare them for a team leader or managerial roles.

Meet Martin…


“From our perspective, apprentices add to the mix on the shop floor. We have experienced team members who are passing on their knowledge but the apprentices bring new ideas and have different skills and are more tech-savvy. When you walk on the shop floor it has a real positive feel.” – Briggs of Burton – Martin West – Watch our video

How does an apprenticeship programme work?

An apprentice will learn while they work. This may take the form of a day release to a college or other centre of learning, or they could be based on your premises for five days a week, completing their studies at work; how the apprenticeship is designed is based on the needs of you and your apprentice.

You don’t need to employ a new member of staff in order to benefit from apprenticeships. Most employers choose to recruit new people as apprentices but you can place an existing member of staff on an apprenticeship if they have taken on additional responsibilities or moved to a new role. This can be an effective way of training members of staff who have been identified as having great potential and want to develop their skills further.

how can i take on an apprentice?


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