Apprenticeships need the partnership of local businesses to be successful so we are urging employers to get involved, by providing placements.
Employers are offered the opportunity to design and tailor programmes to match their needs; the mixture of on and off the job learning ensures apprentices learn the bespoke skills your business needs. This means that training apprentices is more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs.
The programme provides an opportunity for you to attract and retain the best talent for your business, by way of injecting energy, vibrancy and enthusiastic young people with fresh ideas into your organisation.
You can take on a new apprentice or up skill existing staff. Apprentices aged 16-18 are free with no employer contribution, whilst those aged 19+ the employer will need to make an employer contribution.
If you are a Small Medium Enterprise Business your contributions are 10% of the funding band and the government pays the 90%.
In May 2017 the government introduced a new Apprenticeship Levy. Find out more about this and calculate the levy you would pay.