Apprenticeships for Your Business

Find the right apprentice to suit your needs as an employer.


Apprenticeships for your business

Benefits to your business

If you’re looking to increase productivity and performance and grow your business, why not consider Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships can be used to up-skill existing staff – to support professional development or higher level skills. Alternatively, you can employ new staff to increase your workforce.

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes, combining employment and a qualification, meaning you’ll get the opportunity to develop your work-force to suit your business requirements through a mixture of on and off the job learning.

As the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) states the majority of apprentices (90%) stay in employment with seven in ten (71%) staying with the same employer long-term.

2017 Apprenticeship Reforms

In the Summer 2015 budget, the Government announced a new target of 3 million Apprenticeships over the next 5 years and, in order to achieve this, some quite radical reforms to Apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships will be delivered against new standards, the assessments for which have been produced by ‘trailblazers’ (employer-led groups who are developing the standards). This is to ensure that Apprenticeships meet the needs and expectations of employers – large and small - and produce the skills required for each industry / sector.

The way in which Apprenticeships are funded will also change from April 2017 when the Apprenticeship Levy for large employers and the 10% Contribution Co-Investment model for smaller employers are introduced.

If you’re a large employer with a paybill of £3m+:

You will have to pay 0.5% of your paybill into a central fund and in return will have access to vouchers to be used to access training funding for Apprenticeships. To find out more about the Apprenticeship Levy click here.

Many large employers are now considering developing Apprenticeships to use their levy as a replacement to existing staff development programmes - the levy will, for many, replace their current staff training budget. Higher & Degree Level Apprenticeships are being used to up-skill existing staff effectively.

If you do not pay the levy:

The Government will ask you to make a 10% contribution to the cost of Apprenticeship training and they will pay the rest (90%), up to the maximum amount of Government funding available for that apprenticeship. You will have to pay this directly to the provider and you will be able to spread it over the life time of the apprenticeship. As both you and the Government make a payment, this is called a ‘co-investment’.

Leeds City College Apprenticeship Programmes

Leeds City College has a wide and varied apprenticeship offer covering all industry sectors, from the more traditional professions of engineering, motor vehicle, hairdressing and childcare to the growing office-based prospects in customer service, management and marketing. We already have a number of Current Apprenticeship Partners in Leeds City Region and beyond and the list is growing everyday.

Recently the College has developed a new range of Higher & Degree Level Apprenticeships - perfect for up-skilling existing staff - for more details click here.

Apprenticeship Recruitment Service

Whether you’re a SME or a large employer who may be subject to the Apprenticeship Levy – we can help you to find Apprentices to maximise your investment and benefit your business. It’s easier than you might think!

We have a dedicated Apprenticeship Recruitment Team who will work with you to develop your Apprenticeship programme and provide a “matching service” to ensure we place the right candidates into your business by using a rigorous selection & assessment process.


Find out more about the process of developing an Apprenticeship for your business, please read the information below:

Employer Step By Step Guide

Employer FAQs

Important Employer Information

If you’re  interested in finding out more, developing Apprenticeship programmes for exisiting staff or want to take on an Apprentice then contact us for more details – or call 0113 308 7971.


To return to the Apprenticeships section to view success stories and details of all the Apprenticeships we offer across Leeds and Keighley - click here.