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Employers FAQs

What is the benefit of taking on an apprentice?

Skills shortages are still one of the biggest threats to UK business. Apprenticeships can help businesses across all industries by offering a route to harness fresh talent. If you have trained staff with the right skills for the job, they can do a wider range of tasks and take on new responsibilities - this can help to reduce skill shortages, minimise staff turnover and workplace accidents, and increase productivity.

Taking on an apprentice is cost effective because your employee can learn while they are working, and the government contributes to the costs of learning.

What does the apprentice get from the College?

Our job is to ensure that the training fits the apprentices’ personal requirements, offers the skills needed for the job and satisfies national standards. We are also able to offer them personal and learning support.

When you take on an apprentice we will appoint a training advisor who will work with you to make sure that the training is well planned. Once the apprentice begins, they will follow their progress (including regular three-way reviews with the employer and learner) and deal with any issues that may arise.

Is there a limit to the number of apprentices an employer can have?

No; employers can take on as many apprentices as they can support.

Where do apprenticeships take place?

Most of the time is spent in the workplace, with additional training taking place at college, either on a day or block release basis. More and more courses are delivered solely in the workplace, with college attendance only necessary for functional skills delivery.

What levels of apprenticeship are available?

We offer apprenticeships (Level 2), advanced apprenticeships (Level 3) and higher apprenticeships (Levels 4 and 5) and in a variety of subjects. 

How long does the training last?

Our apprenticeships range from 1-4 years depending on the level and subject.

If you have any further queries, please email or call 01273 667770.