Apprenticeships

Information & Support for Employers

An Apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to develop the skilled staff you need. The study programme can be specifically tailored to match the needs of your business which means you will be supporting employees to develop skills and experiences that are directly relevant to their jobs. You will also save on the costs of recruitment and can make the most of available government funding.

Why consider offering an Apprenticeship

Benefits to your business

There are many benefits to you as the employer, working with us:

  • Gain skilled qualified staff in a cost-effective way
  • Address skill shortages
  • Motivate your workforce
  • Improve staff retention
  • Enhance your productivity and profitability
  • Introduce fresh new ideas
  • Reduced recruitment costs

The benefits to your existing workforce

Apprentices gain experience of a real work environment acquiring skills and knowledge for a specific job role. They benefit from ongoing support and receive recognised qualifications whilst earning a wage. All of which improves their employability and boost their CV.

Apprenticeship Study Programmes

We offer a wide range of programmes to meet the training needs of different sectors, at levels including:

  • Intermediate – Level 2
  • Advanced – Level 3
  • Higher – Level 4 and above
Apprenticeship Study Programmes

How can we help?

Our dedicated Workforce Development Team offers a recruitment service for organisations looking to employ apprentices. This can save you the expense of advertising and reduce the amount of time you need to spend on the selection process. We can help you to:

Create a job description and person specification.

Advertise your vacancy on National Apprenticeship Website as well as with Job Centre Plus, Connexions and other local contacts.

Select applicants who meet your requirements and respond to those who have been unsuccessful.

We can also provide a location for you to conduct the interview and advise you on interview selection protocols.

Apprenticeship Funding

Take advantage of the new Employer Incentive Scheme:
Employ a new apprentice between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021 and receive:

  • £3,000 (for each 16-18 year-old apprentice)
  • £2,000 (for each new 19-24 year-old apprentice)
  • £1,500 (for each new 25+ year-old apprentice)

Levy Paying Apprenticeships

If you’re an employer with a pay bill of more than £3 million a year, you must pay the Apprenticeship levy.

  • 0.5% of your payroll goes to the HMRC for the levy
  • Apprenticeship allowance of £15,000 per year
  • £1000 payment to the employer when they train a 16-18 year old
  • £1000 payment to the employer when they train a 19-24 year old who has previously been in care or who has a local authority education, health and care plan.
  • No National Insurance contributions for apprentices under the age of 25

Non-Levy Paying Apprenticeships

Employers with a pay bill of less than £3 million a year do not need to pay the levy.

  • Pay 5% towards the cost of training and assessing your apprentice.
  • £1000 payment to the employer when they train a 16-18 year old
  • £1000 payment to the employer when they train a 19-24 year old who has previously been in care or who has a local authority education, health and care plan.
  • No National Insurance contributions for apprentices under the age of 25

What our Apprentices & Employers say...

Kate Wilkinson, AAT Level 2 Apprentice
Kate Wilkinson, AAT Level 2 Apprentice

Doing an apprenticeship has supported me towards my chosen career because I feel that I have gained more practical experience that I would have done if I had gone to university. The AAT course also provides you with a good understanding of manual accounting.

Alan Andrews, Lattimer Engineering
Alan Andrews, Lattimer Engineering

As technology moves ever forward and competition becomes stronger, we need highly skilled engineers with a higher education to take us forward and meet the challenge head on.

Ryan Mallinson, Level 4 Engineering Apprenticeship
Ryan Mallinson, Level 4 Engineering Apprenticeship

Following school, I joined Stork’s Heat Treatment division Cooperheat and started the Level 2 Apprenticeship programme in partnership with Southport College. I then continued onto an Advanced Apprenticeship which allowed me to specialise further in Engineering Design and Computer Aided Design. This enabled me to progress to the HNC in Engineering during which I was promoted to the role of Design Engineer, within Cooperheat. I am now studying a HND which will allow me to become a more competent Design Engineer and take on specialist projects.

Contact the Workforce Development Team