Offer apprenticeships and traineeships

Vocational routes into employment such as apprenticeships and traineeships offer young people good entry routes into a career as well as allowing employers to train up employees with exactly the skills they need in their workforce.

Employers who are running successful schemes are saving thousands of pounds in recruitment and training costs and maximising their retention of young employees.

The government is also reforming the apprenticeship system to help create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. Employers are leading on the design of the new Apprenticeship Standards, enabling them to address industry skills gaps more effectively than ever before.

The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy for larger businesses in 2017 as well as new funding arrangements and the introduction of the new Digital Apprenticeship Service mean that significant changes are on the horizon. We will be regularly updating this section as new developments are announced and we will provide extensive guidance on the new changes.

What young people have told us:

Young people are very career focused – just under 90% have some idea about what kind of career they are interested in, with almost a third knowing exactly what they want to do in the future.

However, over half of young people do not choose to follow an academic pathway, so by offering vocational routes into your business, you will be able widen access to enable ambitious young people from all backgrounds to enter your workforce, building a strong and diverse talent pipeline for your company.

 Key things to consider:

  • Which areas of your business would benefit from fresh talent?

  • How do you ensure that vocational training paths translate into real job opportunities?

  • What training options are available, and what funding is on offer to cover this?

  • Does your business need to pay the Apprenticeship Levy? What does this involve?

Are you doing this? 


How to guide: Apprentices

This step-by-step guide tells you the key steps you need to take to hire apprentices.


Sustainable apprenticeships checklist


Traineeships: A how to guide

All the key information employers need to know about creating traineeships, an intiative run by the National Apprenticeship Service.


Information on the Apprenticeship Levy

This summary tells you everything you need to know about the Apprenticeship Levy, which will come into effect for larger employers from April 2017.


Your key questions about the Apprenticeship Levy answered

Here are some key points about the Levy that were disucssed during our Apprenticeships that work session at BITC's Employment Summit on 4th February 2016.


Key learnings from the Financial Services workshop - April 2016

Notes from Barclays' workshop on apprenticeships for employers in the Financial Services sector, run in partnership with BITC on Monday 18th April.


Factsheet on changes to the Apprenticeship System

Due to new government policy, the apprenticeship system is undergoing some significant changes between now and 2018. This briefing outlines the key confirmed changes and incoming funding arrangements to help employers prepare for the new system. 

Take the first step to Future Proof your business. How can you recruit apprentices effectively? Read the government's guidance on employing an apprentice Find out more about Barclays' Traineeship and Apprenticeship programmes Read more about Ricoh's Traineeship and Apprenticeship programmes


Apprenticeships: Opportunity & Responsibility

August 8 2016

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How Ricoh have created a strong talent pipeline by making all their junior roles accessible through apprenticeships

April 1 2016

Ricoh recently identified the need to attract fresh talent and new skills into the business, so they decided to make the entry routes into their company as accessible to young people as possible by introducing an initial apprenticeship year for all the roles at their two most junior levels unless a particular requirement of a role means that it is not suitable for an apprentice.

Apprenticeships in Scotland: How Whitbread is developing a Modern Apprenticeship Programme

March 1 2016

Whitbread is the UK’s largest hospitality company, with over 2500 sites in the UK. Premier Inn, one of their key brands, has developed a new Modern Apprenticeship Framework to deliver a pilot new apprenticeship programme at their sites across...