Employers are involved with the apprenticeship programme, step up and see why

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.

Click here to view an Employer_Guide_to_Apprenticeships.

You can read about upcoming changes to Apprenticeship funding here.

Business Benefits of apprenticeships

  1. Increased productivity: 72% of businesses report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice.
  2. Apprenticeships develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.
  3. Customers: 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices
  4. 84% appreciated that hiring apprentices would improve their reputations as employers (CBI 2010)
  5. Reduced recruitment costs: 74% say apprentices are more loyal and stay with the business longer (Populus)
  6. Apprenticeship training can either be paid using funds in your digital account (levy paying companies) or is funded through co-investment where 10% is paid by the employer and 90% by the government (non-levy companies). Companies with fewer than 50 staff can take on an apprentice aged 16-18 at no cost.
You are required to pay each apprentice the national apprentice wage (£3.50 per hour from 1st April 2017) though we encourage employers to pay more.

Is there a sweetener?

For apprenticeship starts up to 31st July 2017 you may be able to receive a Government grant of £1500, provided you meet the eligibility criteria, including having less than 50 employees. From 1st May 2017 new funding rules apply which include a £1000 incentive payment for employers who take on an apprentice aged 16 - 18.

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​Please feel free to call  03332 409 699 
or email us  apprenticeships@ladderforstaffordshire.co.uk
or call into our centre and see us: Ridings House, Ridings Park, Eastern Way, Hawks Green, Cannock, Stafforshire, WS11 7FH

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The apprenticeship programme

Stage 1 - You business needs
A free consultation will be arranged to discuss your specific needs in relation to Apprenticeship opportunities within your business. The Employer and the Training Provider will agree terms, conditions and contact details.

Stage 2 - Avertising your vacancy
Once job specifics are agreed a vacancy template will be compiled and advertised on the National Apprenticeship Website.

Stage 3 - Finding your perfect match
Training Providers who work with the Ladder will carry out initial assessment and shortlist candidates who may be suitable for your business. Arrangements will be made for you to interview these candidates giving you the ooportunity to select the best person for the vacancy.

Stage 4 - The learner journey
The successful candidate will commence the Apprenticeship programme, learning the skills and knowledge necessary to develop and become competent in the job role whilst completing a nationally recognised qualification. Regular visits from the Training Provider to support, train and assess your Apprentice will be provided.

Stage 5 - Moving on
Once the Apprenticeship programme is completed you will have the option to progress the Apprentice onto a higher level qualification if this meets with your business needs.

Information, advice and guidance will be made available at all stages of the learner journey.


"Apprenticeships not only get new talent into companies but give learners the chance to get their foot on the career ladder. Support from training providers helps with the theoretical side which is great as sometimes they need an external outlook.”