What Is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future.

Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Apprentices can gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, in some cases up to degree level, while working and earning. You can use apprenticeships to train both new and existing employees.

Support Available 

Apprenticeships are available to businesses of all sizes and sectors with funding available to support the training. In addition, if you’re a small business, you may be eligible for a £1,500 VAT free apprenticeship grant.

Everything has been done to make taking on an apprentice as simple as possible and the training organisations involved in Greater Together will help you through the process.

Great For Business

  • 88% of apprentice employers believe they lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce, leading to greater loyalty and quality.
  • 81% of consumers favour companies that employ apprentices
  • 82% of employers take on apprentices to build the skills capacity within their businesses.
  • 80% of employers feel that apprenticeships reduce staff turnover
  • 75% of apprentice employers say apprenticeship helped cut recruitment costs.
  • 81% of apprentice employers say they make their businesses more productive

Choice and Progression

There are three levels of apprenticeships available covering 1,500 job roles across 170 industries.

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

(Level 2) – equivalent to five A*-C GCSEs

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

(Level 3) – equivalent to two A Levels

Higher Level Apprenticeship

(Level 4 and above) – equivalent to degree level or above

Training and Recruitment

A training organisation will support and work closely with you to ensure that the apprenticeship offered is the most appropriate for the individual’s job role, whilst reflecting individual employer and learner needs.

Most of the training is on-the-job, working with a mentor to learn job specific skills in the workplace. Off-the-job training will depend on the occupational area, the training organisation and the requirements and wishes of the business.

The training organisation will support you through the recruitment process. Plus, Find an Apprenticeship, the jobsite for apprenticeships, will enable you to advertise apprenticeship vacancies for free and find candidates who match your criteria.

There are over 500,000 users of the website and this not only saves a significant amount of money but is also a convenient way to manage the recruitment process in one place.