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

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

1. 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.

2. Financial assistance

There are a number of financial incentives for employers that recruit young people into apprenticeships or jobs with training. Some can be combined - please check with the relevant contact.

£1,500 grants for employers who employ 1000 staff maximum (and that have not recruited an apprentice in the last 12 months) to recruit a 16 - 24 year old apprentice. Also grants towards the cost of training of up to 100%.
For more information visit the national apprenticeship service website.

Up to £3,000 grants for employers who take on a 16-18 year old apprentice. While the offer offer is not limited to Manchester companies, the apprentice must be a Manchester resident and either:

  • living in a NEET priority area
  • a fostered child
  • or was previously a young offender.

A maximum of 2 grants can be awarded per employer, depending on eligibility and availability. Contact: or for more information

£2,275 grants for employers taking on an unemployed 18 - 24 year old who has been receiving benefit for at least 6 months. For more information visit the Department for Work and Pension website.

3. Recruitment support

Candidate shortlisting, interview preparation and free, professional interview space from the Manchester Employer Suite.

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