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Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships can transform your business, making it more efficient, productive and resilient.

In almost 30 years of service, Skills Training UK has helped to launch and advance thousands of careers, developed new Apprenticeship Standards and led the way in high-quality training which evolves with the needs of industry.

Apprentices enjoy our engaging courses, say they feel well supported and get confidence from being able to relate and apply their new skills to their work straight away.

We specialise in Apprenticeships across Quality and Improvement Techniques, Team Leadership and Management, Materials Testing, Business Administration, Customer Service and much more. See the full list

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    Please note: This form relates to employers and partnerships only - if you are a learner looking to obtain course information, please visit Courses for 16-18s, Traineeships for 16-24s, Courses for Adults 19+ or Apprenticeships for 16+.

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    I loved my journey and really enjoyed all of my courses. I learned how to develop my skills, gained a lot of confidence, made a lot of new friends, and received great support from all of my tutors and assessors.

    Mansi Desai, 18, Wembley. Completed a Traineeship and now doing an Apprenticeship.

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    What is an Apprenticeship?

    An Apprenticeship is a structured training programme for employees at any stage of their career. They can be starting their first job, changing their job, or be advancing their skills.

    Apprenticeships are available at different skill levels from Level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSEs) to Level 6 (comparable to a bachelor or masters degree). They take between one and six years to complete, but most take no more than two years.

    It makes no difference to a person’s eligibility or funding if they have previous qualifications, such as a degree, or not.

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    How much does an Apprenticeship cost?

    You can get help from the Government to pay for Apprenticeship Training.

    The amount you pay depends on whether you are a big enough employer to pay the Apprenticeship Levy (you pay more than £3 million in salaries every year) or not.

    All employers must now set up a Digital Apprenticeship Service account with the Education and Skills Funding Agency to manage their Apprenticeship funding.

    Read all about Apprenticeship Funding
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    Apprenticeship recruitment service

    As well as helping you to identify training needs and solutions for your staff, we can also help you find and recruit apprentices through our highly-rated recruitment service.

    Find out about the recruitment service
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    Who pays for an Apprenticeship?

    Read our guide to Apprenticeship funding and for more details check our Frequently Asked Questions.

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    What are the benefits of an apprenticeship to an employer?

    1.You can tailor training to suit your organisation and its individual needs

    Our flexible, blended learning can be delivered on-line, in-person or a mix of the two. Our partners frequently cite our flexibility as a key part of our success.

    Skills Training are great, very flexible. They come on site and they fit around us. I’ve never had any problem if I need to change the schedule, they understand how the business works.

    Pam James, World of Books

    2.You can get government funding to improve your employees’ skills and train new staff

    • We can support Levy payers to maximise their Levy pot.
    • SMEs can benefit from a range of financial incentives depending on their size and the number of Apprentices they take on, including full government funding for Apprentices under 18 for companies with less than 50 staff.

    Find out about the Apprenticeship Levy or read more about incentives for SMEs.

    3.Improved productivity

    On average each apprentice brings a gain in productivity of £10,000 per year for their employer (Cebr, 2014).

    4.Happier and more motivated staff

    92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce, while 80% report higher staff retention due to Apprenticeships (National Apprenticeships Service/Populus Research).

    I really enjoy the training - I’ve learned so much about different processes and work flow and how to be more efficient. I’m more aware of how to limit defects and improve quality now, which makes doing my job a lot easier…Managers have commented that we’re working better and seem happier.

    Rita Viacikauskaite, Photobox

    5.Greater resilience for your business

    Apprenticeships can help you fill skills gaps. Now that the UK has left the EU, it is more important than ever to train young people to meet the demands of modern industry and employment. In challenging market conditions, a skilled and strong workforce can be the key to thriving.

    6.Giving opportunities to young talent

    Apprenticeships are a great way to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop their skills and earn their first wages on the path to successful careers.
    If you are also interested in supporting young people aged 16-24 to develop their skills for the future, visit our Traineeships page to find out how you can help ignite their success by offering work experience, ‘Dragon’s Den’ style panels and more.

    I’m really happy. I’d never considered doing anything like this before but I’m really enjoying working at Gerrymet and doing something that’s hands on. I can say to people now, I’m 20 and I’ve got a job, which has made a huge difference to my life.

    Damien Williams, Trainee Saw Doctor, Gerrymet

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    Helping Youngman Group to invest in its customers through its staff

    As a result of Skills Training UK’s excellent guidance, I’m confident that we’re now offering our customers an even better level of service, which is really important. I know that all of the team is now working to a recognised, professional standard and that this has greatly contributed to the continuous improvement within the department, which is increasing our customer satisfaction all the time.

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    World of Books: developing employee futures

    The partnership with Skills Training UK has been very successful, we have been delighted by the enthusiasm of our staff to take on the Apprenticeships and see it as a great step forward for the business and for our employees' individual development.

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