Employer Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship FAQs

Why Apprenticeships?

In an increasingly tough marketplace, successful businesses know that to continue to grow and thrive they need to maintain a skilled and motivated workforce. By taking on Apprentices or supporting your existing staff onto an Apprenticeship programme, you can deliver real returns to your bottom line through increased productivity, enhanced competitiveness, lower overall training and recruitment costs, and a skilled workforce dedicated to working harder for your business. By offering Apprenticeships you’ll find it easier to recruit and retain the right people for your organisation.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a work-based training programme, which leads to a nationally recognised qualification. It allows employees to develop their skills and understanding whilst in an actual working environment, which benefits both the employer and the employee.

What are the Benefits?

Apprenticeships ensure that your workforce has the practical skills and qualifications your  organisation needs both now and in the future. Apprentices are keen, eager and committed to making a tangible contribution to your business, helping your organisation become more efficient by adding to the skills you already have.

The key benefits include;

  • Gaining skilled and qualified staff in a cost effective way
  • Ensuring that your staff have up-to-date training and qualifications
  • Ensuring that your business is up-to-date with industry standards
  • Addressing skills shortages
  • Motivating your workforce
  • Enhancing your business performance

How long do Apprenticeships last?

Apprenticeships can last between 12 months and four years, depending on the type of sector and level.

What does it involve?

Training combines off the job study (usually at college) with learning and development in the workplace.

How many hours does an Apprentice work?

All Apprentices work a minimum of 30 hours a week on average, this includes any training time at College (off the job) and with the employer (on the job).

What does an Apprenticeship Qualification Include?

A typical Apprenticeship comprises of:

  • Knowledge-based training
  • Competence-based training
  • Transferable key skills such as numeracy, IT and communication
  • An employment rights and responsibilities module
  • Bespoke units of study for your role

How much does it cost a business to take on an Apprentice?

There is usually no cost involved for the training besides the Apprentice salary. Apprentices have to be paid in line with the national minimum wage, however, as the Apprentice progresses many UK employers tend to increase wages in line with their developing skills and industry-specific knowledge. You may also be entitled to funding to support these costs, please see our funding section for more information.

How will I be supported on my Apprenticeship?

We ensure first-class supervision, support and mentoring for all our Apprentices. Throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship you and your Apprentice will have the support of a highly experienced Assessor who will visit the work place and review the skills that have been learnt. You will also have a dedicated Account Manager who will be your key point of contact and will offer support, guidance and advice throughout the partnership.

Can I train my current employees with an Apprenticeship?

Yes! By starting your own Apprentice Academy, you can offer your employees the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications through an Apprenticeship, which will also improve how they work for you and your business; and make them more likely to stay with you in the long-term!

An Apprentice Academy is a pioneering method of delivering training and professional development to your employees. We will meet with your initially to discuss your needs and what you want to achieve from your own academy.

As a guide, the College could offer the following:

  • Initial consultation to discuss your training needs
  • Pre-screening of applicants
  • Tailor-made training, including delivery of recognised qualifications in your own workplace


To find out more, or to speak to our expert Apprenticeship team, please contact us on 01282 440 319.



This Apprenticeship could find you working in an accounts department, helping a business or organisation manage their money properly.


Beauty Therapy

This Apprenticeship is about improving people’s wellbeing by making them look and feel better. Beauty Therapy covers a range of treatments, from simple facials and make-up jobs to waxing.


Business and Administration

This Apprenticeship is about playing an important support role within a business or organisation.



Working as a Chef is a highly skilled, practical career-path that is in demand the world over. The catering industry as a whole contributes billions to the UK economy and is one of the biggest employers of young people in the UK.


Childcare and Teaching Assistant

This Apprenticeship is about providing support in the classroom. After all, teachers aren’t the only ones who make a difference to learning in schools.


Contact Centre Operations

Contact centres – sometimes known as ‘call centres’ – provide a way for people to get in touch with businesses and organisations.


Customer Service

This Apprenticeship teaches you the skills to provide excellent customer service, and can be applied to hundreds of job roles across many different sectors, from government to telecommunications.



Engineers design and build the things that make our world go round. Everything, from aeroplanes to buildings, comes back to engineering.


Hairdressing and Barbering

The demand for skilled barbers to cut and style hair is on the rise. This Apprenticeship covers all the basics of hairdressing.


Health and Social Care

This Apprenticeship covers a wide range of job roles on two pathways: the adult social care pathway and the health care pathway.



This Apprenticeship is all about customer service, whether this is making sure food is served on time or that a hotel room is ready to use.


Information Technology

This Apprenticeship provides the Apprentice with the competence, skills and knowledge to work effectively and efficiently with IT systems, communication and productivity tools and software applications.



This Intermediate Level Apprenticeship is a route to becoming a trained operator within the manufacturing sector.


Marketing and Social Media

Marketing is a creative industry at the heart of business. It is concerned with finding the needs and wants of people, developing a product or service that meets that need and helping create a desire for what has been created.



Retail covers a host of businesses, from market stalls and independent shops to national chains and large superstores.



Selling is a very important process – it is the lifeblood of most organisations. If they do not sell their products or services, companies can easily go out of business.


Sport and Leisure

It takes more than just coaches and trainers to run a leisure centre!

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