Apprenticeships for your business

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Apprenticeships are available to employers of all sizes and from all sectors and cover a wide range of occupations; they are a proven way to train your workforce and make your organisation more productive and competitive.

Have you ever thought of an apprenticeship? Either doing one, or offering one?

Apply for an apprentice wage subsidy grant

We operate a Grant scheme that offers £2000 grant to small businesses if you employ a new or additional apprentice, find out more about the scheme here:

Apply for an apprentice wage subsidy grant here »

Benefits of apprenticeships

Research among business employing an apprentice shows that:

  • 78% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve productivity
  • 74% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve the quality of their product or service

Other benefits of working with apprentices include:

  • You can adapt their training according to the needs of your business
  • They’re motivated to learn new skills
  • You can expand and upskill your workforce

Find out more about the benefits of recruiting an apprentice on the National Apprenticeship Service website.

Apprenticeships - when should an employer advertise an apprenticeship vacancy?

Young people could be looking for an apprenticeship opportunity at any time during the year, on occasions students go into Further Education and then make a decision to change onto an apprenticeship.

Students generally leave school in June and if under 18 years old must be in employment or in education by September. 

As an employer, you can find helpful information on the website here:

Finding an apprentice

The employer section of the National Apprenticeship Service website explains what support is available to help you recruit an apprentice:

You can also call 08000 150 600.

Government Financial assistance

You can find more information on central government's Apprenticeship funding and policy on their website:

Incentive payments for employers who hire a new apprentice between 1 August 2020 and 30 September 2021

New National Insurance guide published

From April 2016 employers of apprentices under the age of 25 will no longer be required to pay secondary Class 1(employer) National Insurance contributions (NICs) on earnings up to the Upper Earnings Limit (UEL). This is provided that the apprentice is under 25 and is following an approved apprenticeship programme. In order to apply for the National Insurance relief employers need to provide evidence to HMRC, such as a written agreement between the employer, the apprentice and the training provider confirming the apprentice is on an approved scheme and the start and end date of the apprenticeship

For further information about the guidance, go to the HMRC website here:

Further information

If you have any queries, please email [email protected] or call Roz from the Business and Economy Team on 01609 767058. 

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