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Work, jobs, training & advice Apprenticeships: meeting the skills needs of your business

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The people in the photo are Manchester apprentices.

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Apprenticeships are available to employers of all sizes and from all sectors and cover a wide range of occupations; they are a proven way to train your workforce and make your organisation more productive and competitive.

Benefits of apprenticeships

Research among businesses employing apprentices shows that:

  • 92 per cent believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce
  • 80 per cent feel that apprenticeships reduce staff turnover
  • 77 per cent think apprenticeships make them more competitive
  • 76 per cent say that apprentices provide higher overall productivity

Find out more about the benefits of recruiting an apprentice on the national apprenticeship service website.

Finding an apprentice

The employer section of the national apprenticeship service website explains what support is available to help you recruit an apprentice. You can also call 08000 150 600.

Financial assistance

You can get a £1,500 grant towards recruiting a 16 to 24 year old apprentice providing that the you haven't already recruited one in the last 12 months. A grant may also be available towards the cost of training. 

For more information visit the national apprenticeship service website or email:

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Get free recruitment support. We can help with candidate shortlisting, interview preparation and free professional interview space.

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