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What are Apprenticeships?

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.



From May 2017 the way the government funds apprenticeships in England is changing. Employers with a pay bill over £3 million each year will be required to contribute to a new apprenticeship levy, and there will be changes to the funding for apprenticeship training for all employers. All eligible employers operating in the UK will be required to make an investment in apprenticeships. They can benefit from this investment by training apprentices.

This handy fact sheet summarises the key changes:

Also see:

The Leicester Apprenticeship Hub supports local people into apprenticeships and helps local employers to recruit an apprentice.  Contact them for an informal chat to understand how taking on an apprentice can benefit your business on 0116 454 2952 or visit

Also see the handy flyer: Employer leaflet


Quality is key to Apprenticeships – providing high quality training that benefits both apprentices and employers.



Apprenticeships help businesses grow their own talent.
Nearly every employer that takes on an apprentice (96%) reports benefits to their business.
72% of businesses report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice.
Other benefits reported by apprentice-employers include improved product or service, the introduction of new ideas to the organisation, improved staff morale and better staff retention, each mentioned by around two-thirds of employers.


Apprenticeships develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.
Businesses that offer Apprenticeships view them as beneficial to their long-term development. According to the British Chambers of Commerce, most employ an apprentice to improve the skills base within their business.  Apprentices are supported by quality training from local training organisations.


Apprenticeships improve productivity while reducing costs.
Apprenticeships are boosting productivity by enabling businesses to grow their skills base. The average Apprenticeship increases business productivity by £214 per week, with these gains including increased profits, lower prices and better products.  Apprentices are paid at least the relevant minimum wage and training costs are covered for many apprentices.


Apprenticeship Grant Incentive

From May 2017, Businesses that employ up to 50 staff, may be eligible for a £1000 grant incentive to help cover the cost of starting a new apprentice aged 16 to 18 years old.   Some 19-24 year olds many also be eligible to attract the grant funding if they meet specific criteria.  100% of the training cost for 16-18 year old apprentices is covered.  90% of the training cost for older apprentices will be covered.


From accountancy to veterinary nursing, there are Apprenticeships covering more skills and industries that you would imagine.
Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher (degree) level, covering more than 170 industries and 1500 job roles, from advertising to youth work via environmental engineering and nuclear decommissioning.  Over 100,000 employers are employing or have employed quality apprentices in more than 200,000 locations.



Click the link to join Apprenticemakers- the national network which brings together businesses involved in Apprenticeships: