An Apprenticeship – how can it help my business?

These are just some of the ways:

  • Bring in and build new talent
  • Excellent value for money
  • High quality training is shared with a learning provider and fits round your workplace and business needs.
  • Your apprentice will get a nationally recognised meaningful qualification. Everyone benefits.
  • Training is 100% fully funded if the apprentice is 16 – 18, with an employer fee contribution if 19 – 24.

If you employ fewer than 50 people and your apprentice is 16 – 24 you may be eligible for £1500 vat free grant to get started.

Many local employers are beginning to see the value of an apprentice in sectors beyond those such as plumbing or engineering where such schemes have run successfully for years. An increasing number are working with Skills & Learning (the merged Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole local adult education service) in sectors ranging from Customer Service and Business Admin to Health and Social Care and Teaching Assistants.

One local business employer said ‘It’s a win- win situation! Our apprentices have a lot to put on their application forms for jobs. If a post arises, we know we have prepared the apprentices well so they can confidently apply for the vacancy.’ Another said of their apprentice: ‘He is performing to a very high standard, he shows an excellent “can do” attitude and is proving to be a real asset to the team.” A satisfied head teacher from the Teaching Assistants programme said: ‘Having an apprentice at our school was a great benefit. It enabled us to share our skills and give people an opportunity to gain qualifications through ‘real’ experience.’ Another employer said ‘we have developed and motivated individuals to become exceptional skilled staff. As a result our customers feel valued and targets have been exceeded by 150%. ‘

If you’re an employer, or someone who would like to become an apprentice, and would like to know more just contact Julia Markus, Business Outreach Officer for Skills & Learning on 07786703671or


image005Pic: Some happy apprentices who have completed their training with Skills & Learning- Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole ( Ofsted Grade 2)


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