Through apprenticeships we help young people and businesses prosper

What is Ladder for Staffordshire?

Following on from the great success of Ladder for the Black Country, the initiative is expanding through to Staffordshire. The initiative aims to encourage businesses to take on young people and invest in their future by giving them the skills both they and the business need. Staffordshire companies have the opportunity to step up and help give local young people the opportunity to prosper in their organisation.

Our aim is to get companies – large, medium or small – to take one or more apprentices and make a commitment to their future workforce. With this pledge in place, we can help to match them with enthusiastic and dedicated young people who can bring so much to their new employers.

How can an apprenticeship help your business?

Over 250,000 businesses across the UK currently employ an apprentice, recognising that apprenticeships can increase productivity, improve business performance and help ensure a committed and competent workforce. Recruiting apprentices enables employers to fill the skills gaps that exist within their current workforce as apprentices begin to learn sector specific skills from day one.
  • 89% of employers reported that apprenticeships helped their business improve the quality of their product or service
  • Employers say that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications
  • Apprenticeships boost productivity to businesses by on average £214 per week

Want to become an apprentice?

An apprenticeship is an opportunity to achieve a recognised standard or qualification while building experience in the workplace and earning a wage. It can be the first step on the way to a great career.
  • 90% of apprentices stay in employment with over 70% staying with the same employer
  • Nearly a quarter of former apprentices are promoted within a year of finishing their apprenticeship
  • 89% of apprentices are satisfied with their apprenticeship and 83% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved

Become a Partner of the Ladder

If you are a local training provider or college and would like to become an approved delivery partner to the Ladder for Staffordshire then please email and request an application form. Once your application has proved successful you will be on the preferred supplier list ready to receive any referrals we may have. 

Our Success Stories

Ian Austin talks in the house of commons about the Ladder for the Black County scheme run by the Express & Star and the Vine Trust that's working with 100's of businesses such as the ones below, who are supporting us on our endevours.
Railability • CDS Group
Morris Bros • Buxton Light
Lhoist • Belle • Tufftruk
Interdri • Ideal Standard
Addfield • Entire • Neida
HG Rewinds • SMC Euroclamp • DePe Gears
Wardell Armstrong • Wade Ceramics
Patterns and Dies • Trentex • Jarrobs
Chains and LIfting • Otter • Interpack
RM Cyberbetics • PJS Machinery
Nicholas Humphries Estate Agents
Congleton High School
Royal Stafford Tableware
Times Square Limited

 Handmade Natural • Wildwood Pharmacy
Tanning Cabin • Kare Plus Stafford
Shire Travel International
Caring for Care • Steelite
Wade • Wedgewood • Defence Security Systems
Abbotts Security Alarms
 CBS Electrical CCTV and Security Services
 Pro-Build & Design Ltd • Digital Ceramics
 Environmental Essentials • Churchill China
WMAS • Screwfix 
Legends Gym • NSL Care Services
 Cannock Virtual PA • Dam Street Dental Practice
Tiddlywinks/Butterflies Nursery
  Simpson Strong-Tie • Cilex Insulations 

Gough & Co
Carillion Training Services • Dedred Coms
Express & Star •  Portmeirion Potteries
Little Chimps Day Nursery 
Performance Through People
 Steel Processing (Midlands) Limited
Inspire Dental Care • Brownhills Dental
Hammerman Plastic Piling • Bhandals Dental
Arnold Clarke • Print Monster
 Palletways (UK) Limited 
All Wills & Trusts Limited

Riverside Woodcraft
Gibson Centri-Tech Limited
 Raphael Design • Print Gekko
Moss Grove Surgery • Palletways 51
Action Coach • Lowbridge Creative Ltd
Cannock Chase District Council
The Priors Dental Practice
Jessica's Fresh Foods
Interact Art CIC • Best of British Beer
Clarity Travel Management • Burrell Jenkins
Stoke on Trent City Council
Bluebird Care • A & J Designs
Goodchilds • Clarity Travel Management
C S Comms • Roy Kirkhams
North Staffs Engineering Group Training Association
Johnson Tiles •Black & White Contractors Ltd


We want an apprentice

Want to be an apprentice?

Ladder for the Black Country

Employers large and small across the region are participating in Ladder for Staffordshire.
Step up to the Challenge


Step up to Ladder for Staffordshire. For more information 03332 409 699