Apprenticeship support and funding


Apprenticeships have changed in recent years. No longer are they just an option for young people wanting to get into manual trades. Modern apprenticeships are available across hundreds of different job roles, at all levels and for all ages (above the age of 16).

An apprenticeship combines on-the-job training with studying for a formal qualification and can be used to employ a new person into your organisation or to upskill existing staff. 

By the end of an apprenticeship, apprentices should have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in their chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.

What are the benefits to your business?

Apprentices are proven to boost business productivity by £11,000 per year and can have a positive effect on staff morale. Apprentices can provide you with enthusiastic employees with the skills to have a lasting and positive impact on your company, increasing productivity and staff loyalty.

Funding is available to help employers cover the costs of apprenticeship training. In most cases, training providers can help and support you along the way. 

Offering apprenticeship programmes can help to: 

  • attract new talent
  • address skills shortages/gaps
  • provide a new entry route into your business
  • nurture and develop existing staff
  • support progression pathways across your business
  • improve social mobility and diversity 
  • re-invigorate your workforce and improving your bottom line

How we can help

Our specialist skills team offer free impartial apprenticeship advice to businesses of all sizes.

We can answer any questions you have and we'll connect you with local and national training providers to make it easy for your business to get all the apprenticeship support it needs. 

Using apprentices for recruitment

Access expert advice about recruiting and identifying apprenticeship opportunities for your business.   
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Upskilling employees with apprenticeships

Find out how to train and upskill your existing staff with an apprenticeship, with 95% of costs paid for by the government.
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Businesses to receive further support to take on an apprentice

Government payments are becoming more generous, doubling from £1,500 to £3,000 per adult apprentice hire.
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  • How to get started

    Chat to one of our skills advisers about any of your apprenticeship questions and find out how we can help your business. Call us on 0330 124 4446 or submit your enquiry today.