Hiring an apprentice can help your business develop talent, improve productivity and future-proof your company’s workforce. It is also a great opportunity for you to reduce recruitment costs and have access to high-quality training and support.

Apprenticeships can be used to bridge the skills gap in your organisation. By recruiting and training apprentices, you can develop people in a way that promotes the specific skills required by your business and industry. Apprenticeships are particularly cost-effective as a form of training, because young people are making a contribution to the workplace while they are learning. You can also train existing employees to support their professional development.

Why hire an apprentice?
  • 86% of employers said apprenticeships developed skills relevant to their organisation and 78% reported improved productivity
  • 90% of apprentices stay in their place of work after completing an apprenticeship
  • There’s a wide selection of apprenticeships available covering lots of different job roles
  • You can adapt the training that your apprentice receives according to the needs of your organisation
  • An apprenticeship allows you to diversify and freshen up your workforce
  • You can employ an apprentice from the age of 16 up to any age and from any background.
Why choose Keighley College?
  • We are funding experts and can help you get the maximum benefit of government funding available to you
  • We have teachers who are ex-industry experts to mentor your apprentice
  • You will be allocated your own account manager who will help identify any training needs for current members of staff and new recruits
  • We have a dedicated and specialist recruitment team
  • We will help you write the job description and advertise this through the National Apprenticeship website, our website and our social media pages
  • We will support you as an employer and your apprentice throughout the apprenticeship journey
Our apprenticeship programmes

Keighley College has a wide and varied apprenticeship offer, covering all industry sectors:

  • Beauty
  • Business
  • Childcare
  • Clinical Healthcare Support (NHS)
  • Construction
  • Customer Service
  • Fabrication & Welding
  • Facilities Services
  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Hairdressing
  • Health & Social Care
  • Laboratory and Science Technicians
  • Playwork
  • Plumbing
  • Retail Skills
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Warehousing & Storage
Ongoing support

You and your apprentice will be introduced to an industry-skilled assessor. They will keep in contact with your apprentice on a regular basis throughout the apprenticeship, including monthly visits to your place of work. There will be an element of blended learning and they will support and guide your apprentice through 20% off-the-job training and monitor their progress.

Funding support

Employers in England who hire a new apprentice between 1 April 2021 and  January 31 2022 will receive £3,000 per new hire. This is in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the government provides for all new 16-18 year-old apprentices and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan, so there could be up to £4,000 in total funding available.

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Levels of apprenticeships

An apprentice can study at various levels, depending on the roles you are looking to fill.

Intermediate apprenticeships

Intermediate apprenticeships are allocated to junior roles within a company. These apprenticeships teach candidates who are new to the industry the basic skills and knowledge required to progress within their chosen career path. Examples of job roles include a beautician, maintenance engineer, premises manager, healthcare support worker and sewing machinist.

Advanced apprenticeships

Advanced apprenticeships build on the skills and knowledge acquired from an intermediate apprenticeship. These apprenticeships begin to specialise the candidate’s knowledge of the industry and are suitable for those who have previously completed an apprenticeship or have been within their job role for some time. Examples of job roles at this level include a team leader, project officer, installation/maintenance electrician, aerospace technician, plumbing and domestic heating engineer.

Higher apprenticeships

Higher apprenticeships are for those within senior roles within a company who want to develop their skills further to progress. These apprenticeships are equivalent to completing a foundation degree or HND. Examples of job roles include a manufacturing production engineer, installation engineer, or test and commissioning engineer.

Degree apprenticeships

Degree or master’s degree apprenticeships are for those who want to be a specialist within their field and hold a senior position within a company (such as senior management or technical specialist). These apprenticeships usually involve the undertaking of an under/postgraduate qualification. Examples of job roles include a managing director, laboratory scientist or HE lecturer.

“Metalcraft have worked with Keighley College for over seven years now with the apprentice scheme, the training that they offer to young students is second to none.”

Nathan Varley

Metalcraft Europe Group

“Produmax took the strategic decision to make apprentices the key focus of our recruitment strategy back in 2014 and the impact this has had on the business has been astonishing”

Paul Birtles

Operations Director

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Clare Fitzgerald

Head of Stakeholder Engagement & Growth

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Business Engagement Advisor

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Kieran Fish

Kieran Fish

Business Engagement Advisor

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Your Next Steps

Contact our specialist business advisors to book your free Skills Planning review

We can help identify skills gaps, vacancies and staff development opportunities that could be boosted by apprenticeships and flexible training & development

Reserve your apprenticeships funds here

Recruit and access up to £3,000 of apprenticeship incentives and additional payments

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