Developing your apprenticeship strategy

Do you have a cohesive strategy to maximise your apprenticeship investment?

Since the apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017, large employers with a pay bill over £3 million have to pay an annual apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of their pay bill, which can only be recouped when they employ and train apprentices.

If you want to make sure you get the best results from your apprenticeship levy payment, our consultants are on hand to help.

We specialise in creating apprenticeship strategies for hospitality, retail, aviation and travel businesses, but because we’re part of the wider Workforce Development Trust group, we also have expertise in a wide range of other sectors, including health and justice.

How we can help you

Whether you’re new to apprenticeships or already delivering them, our team of experts can work with you to:

  • Help you understand what the apprenticeship levy means and how it will impact your business
  • Help you understand the new apprenticeship standards for hospitality, retail, aviation and travel, and how your existing training could contribute
  • Develop an apprenticeship strategy to ensure your business maximises its return on the levy investment
  • Recruit and select apprentices and develop career pathways
  • Help you identify progression routes to get your existing employees onto apprenticeships
  • Create an engagement strategy to drive apprenticeships forward in your business
  • Source a quality-assured college or training provider

Why work with People 1st International?

  • We’re impartial – as we don’t deliver apprenticeships ourselves, we give 100% objective advice that will help you decide the best way to use apprenticeships in your organisation
  • We’re the experts – we worked with over 200 organisations to develop the new apprenticeship standards for hospitality, retail, aviation and travel
  • We’re here for you – we deliver tailored solutions that make sure you get the best value from your levy payments


What our clients say:

“It was clear from day one that People 1st genuinely has a deep expert understanding of how the levy can be used to maximise the benefits of the new apprenticeships."
Read the full case study here.

Margaret Mitchell, Head of Human Resources, Center Parcs Ltd

"People 1st has been an incredible support. Apprenticeships can be very complicated for a business that hasn't worked with anything that's based in the government or skills funding agencies before - it's not what we're used to in our world. People 1st has guided us through the process and given us the confidence that we're focussing on the right things and not getting bogged down with what's being said in the media."

- Carly Fish, Skills and Education Lead, Nando's