Our comprehensive programme includes apprenticeships and advanced apprenticeships in a wide range of areas, from agriculture and animal care to plumbing and stonemasonry.

If you’re looking to recruit a young, enthusiastic addition to your team and are willing to pass on your skills and experience, we can help them develop the knowledge and practical theory at the same time (generally one day per week at college and four in the workplace over a period of 12 to 24 months).

Apart from being an opportunity for earning while learning, apprenticeships are an attractive option for many students because they provide a chance to enter the workplace while simultaneously gaining highly recognised qualifications and developing practical skills.

For you as an employer, taking on an apprentice has many advantages, including:

  • The opportunity to harness fresh new talent
  • Ensuring your workforce is skilled up, both now and in the future
  • Skills designed around your business needs can be developed
  • Increased cost effectiveness compared to hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs
  • Apprentices tend to be eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that has invested in them
  • A dedicated training adviser is appointed to offer information, advice and guidance throughout the apprenticeship

Apprenticeship Grants for Employers of 16 to 24-year-olds (AGE 16 to 24)

An apprenticeship grant of £1,500 may be available for eligible businesses that employ a young person as an apprentice (aged 16-24 years). The AGE 16 to 24 grant for employers aims to support businesses, who would not otherwise be in a position to do so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment through the apprenticeship programme. The Skills Funding Agency will provide AGE 16 to 24 to eligible employers, in respect of qualifying apprentices, with an individual value of £1,500. The grant is for employers with less than 50 employees, who are new to apprenticeships or haven’t enrolled a new recruit or existing employee onto an apprenticeship programme in the previous 12 months. Employers can be paid up to five grants in total. The grant will be available, subject to availability up until December 2015.

The £1,500 grant is separate from the training costs of the Apprenticeship framework. These training costs are met in full for young people aged 16 to 18 and 50 per cent for those aged 19 to 24.

If you’re interested in finding out more about apprenticeships please call the Apprenticeship Office on 01604 491131 or e mail us at

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