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Weymouth College offers a wide and collaborative service to deliver support and training to our business partners – old and new.

From employing an Apprentice to offering work experience placements, or visiting the College as a guest speaker, you can help shape the education and training of our students, while also reaping the benefits within your business, including reduced training costs and increased productivity.

We also offer a range of professional and commercial courses that can benefit you and your employees.

You can find more information on how we work with employers below, or get in touch via the Employer Enquiry Form

How does Weymouth College work with employers?


Offering an Apprentice employment can deliver real returns to your bottom line –  leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs, helping improve productivity and, in turn, making your business more competitive.

By training your own Apprentice you can train them to your standards and the effort you put into their training programme is personally very rewarding.

An Apprenticeship programme delivers the required skills designed around your business requirements and provides the trained workers you need for the future. They also help you to develop the specialist skills you need to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in your sector.

Apprentices tend to be eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invested in them. Remember, an Apprentice is with you because they want to be – they have made an active choice to learn on the job and a commitment to a specific career.

Find out more about the Apprenticeship courses we offer here

Apprenticeship Facts & Figures

  • 80% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive
  • 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices
  • The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is £5.28, many employers prefer to pay more.
  • Employers who take on a 16-18 year old apprentice only pay their salary. The Government will fund their training
  • There are over 85,000 employers offering Apprenticeships in more than 130,000 locations; there are more than 200 different types of Apprenticeships available offering over 1,200 job roles
  • 88% of employers who employ Apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce
  • 83% of employers who employ Apprentices rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future
  • One in five employers are hiring more Apprentices to help them through the tough economic climate.

Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice

Do you need to claim the Apprenticeship incentive? Please click here.

Employers must register an Apprentice prior to starting their programme.

If you would like to discuss taking on an Apprentice or would like some more information then please contact the Apprenticeships Team on 01305 208709 or fill in the Employer Enquiry Form.

Supported Internships

Through Supported Internships, you can help our Foundation Studies students learn a range of skills that can prepare them for the world of work, boost their confidence and self-esteem,.

Starting with work experience in the College’s own shop and restaurant, our students then progress to supported work placements within the wider community, and we are always looking for local employers to work with them.

Find out more about our Supported Internships here.

Industry Placement

Work Experience

Employer Talks

Employer Forums

Dorset Training Academy - Professional Courses

The Dorset Training Academy at Weymouth College was created specifically to continue the partnership between business and education into the workforce at all levels – enhancing and providing the knowledge and skills that Dorset’s workforce needs to continue to contribute to the economic growth and productivity of the businesses within our region.

We can offer a wide range of professional training solutions specifically for businesses, from short courses to industry-recognised qualifications. Our trainers will offer your staff valuable insight and expert knowledge to increase the impact of all of our training courses.

Find out more about the courses we offer employers here.

Skills Bootcamps for Employers

Skills Bootcamps are flexible training courses for adults aged 19 and over and are part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs.

They have been developed in partnership with employers, colleges and local authorities to create flexible and bespoke training courses that last up to 16 weeks.

Find out more about our Skills Bootcamps for Employers here.

Get involved

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Michael Wood
Director of Business Development Future Skills & Partnerships

Laura Cowburn
Employer Engagement Consultant

Nicola Stewart
Employment Engagement Consultant

Gill Lenga
Head of Apprenticeships

Gina Wood
Apprenticeship Curriculum Manager

Employers Newsletter

Sign up to our Employers Newsletter to get the get the latest on employer and Apprenticeship news, opportunities, courses, events and more!

Employer Services Newsletter


Contact Us

To get in touch with the Business Development or Apprenticeships team:

Call: 01305 208709


Or complete our Employer Enquiry Form

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