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Apprenticeships are an amazing way of growing new talent within your business in a cost effective way. They come in a variety of fields and levels enabling you to develop your whole workforce.

What you need to know

Apprenticeships help you to grow your own talent, reduce staff turnover and give your organisation the team it needs to succeed. The beauty with apprenticeship training is that it can be used for new and current staff. They are a tried and tested way to recruit new, and to re-train or upskill existing staff of all ages, levels and experience, in a wide variety of roles.

With apprenticeships now being offered up to degree level in a number of different settings, there is no better time for you to utilise their potential.

The Levy

With many organisations paying into the Levy this means you have that money ring-fenced to be invested in your staff’s development. Even if you don’t pay the Levy Government are kindly covering 95% of all apprenticeship training costs for you.

Employers with an annual pay bill over £3 million, will be required to contribute to the apprenticeship Levy. This is ring-fenced in a digital account to fund apprenticeship training. This means you will have more opportunity to directly drive the skills and training your business.


If you don’t need to pay the Apprenticeship Levy due to having a payroll under £3 million you will fall under the apprenticeship Co-Investment model. This means you will have to make a small contribution of 5% towards the training fees for your Apprentice and the Government will pay the rest.

The Cost

The current apprenticeship minimum wage is £4.81 per hour. This also applies if your apprentice is 19 and over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, after that they are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age. Wage can be dependent on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship undertaken with schools often paying more than the minimum apprenticeship wage.


If you decide to take on an apprentice as a new member of staff you can choose to take advantage of our free recruitment service. As part of this, we will advertise your vacancies, shortlist applicants, pre-interview candidates and further talent to match your vacancy from our Talent Bank to try and ensure you only interview the most appropriate people for your vacancy.

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All learners follow a blended learning programme and are assigned their own work based tutor who supports them throughout their whole apprenticeship/training programme. As an employer, you are also assigned your own relationship manager to support you.

Personal Development

Personal development is a golden thread that goes through all the learning and training we offer. We feel it is a fundamental part of human development and embed this in all we do. Furthermore, this forms the cornerstone of personal wellbeing and we have a number of services to support or learners whatever the circumstances when learning with us.