Manchester City Council

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.

A. A £1,500 grant to recruit a 16 - 24 year old apprentice, provided that the employer has not recruited an apprentice 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.

B. A £1,500 grant to recruit a 16 - 24 year unemployed young person from Manchester who is not in education or training. Before deciding to recruit employers can offer a 6 week 'working interview'.

For more information contact the Greater Manchester Commitment Team at New Economy on 2374157.

C. Maximum two £3,000 grants for any employer who takes on a 16-18 year old apprentice. The apprentice must be a Manchester resident from certain priority groups or areas of the city.

For more information contact or, Manchester City Council.

3. Recruitment support

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



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