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Listen to Business Development Manager Sarah Barnett talk to BBC Radio Solent about the benefits of apprenticeships.

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.

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


  • 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 £4.81, 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.

Helpful sites and tools

Online and On Campus Apprenticeships

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 – please watch video ‘Reserving apprenticeship funds’ for help with this.

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