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Apprenticeships for small & medium businesses

The new apprenticeship standards are a great way to build the talent and skills in your business. They've recently been developed by employers, so you can be assured they're relevant to today's industry.

How can apprenticeships benefit your business?
  • Apprenticeships are an effective way to develop skilled and committed staff -80% of companies who invest in apprentices report an increase in staff retention
  • Apprentices deliver an average of £10k per annum in productivity gains
  • 77% of employers believe apprenticeships make them more competitive

The clear progression pathways that the new apprenticeships offer not only enable apprentices to excel in their role, but also take on new and exciting challenges and progress into future management and leadership positions. Importantly, they help staff feel valued, invested in, and ultimately more likely to stay with your business.

What's different?
  • The new apprenticeships are based on short and concise professional standards that have been set by employers
  • The standards clearly define the knowledge, skills and behaviours apprentices need to be fully competent in their role
  • The new standards give businesses the flexibility and control to choose how best to train their apprentices, meaning employers can use programmes of their choice 
  • Apprentices will prove they meet the standard through an independent end assessment, meaning outcomes across the board will be more consistent


Read how apprenticeships have benefited small family-run business Bravas

Bristol tapas restaurant, Bravas, a small family-run business say taking on apprentices is one of the smartest business decisions they've made.

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Apprenticeships 101: Helping employers navigate the new apprenticeships

Our Apprenticeships 101 brings together each step of the new apprenticeships and contains guidance to help employers navigate their way through the new system.

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Apprenticeship standards

The new standards form progressive career pathways but what job roles do they cover? Access the standards, assessment plans and guidance to support the delivery of apprenticeships.

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Apprenticeship training

Find a local provider to work in partnership with you to deliver your apprenticeship training - they can help guide you through the process and make apprenticeships work for your business.

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Preparing your business

Ready to benefit from the new apprenticeships and want to know what to do next? Find out what steps you should follow to get your business apprenticeship ready.

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Paying for apprenticeships

Interested in taking on an appentice but not sure how much it will cost? Find out more about the support available for your business.

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