Latest COVID announcements in respect of the apprenticeship programme in a link at the bottom of this page.

Incentive payments employers can apply for if they take on a new apprentice between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021.

An apprentice can be a great asset to any business.  Taking on an apprentice could allow you to:

  • Fill the skills gap
  • Improve the company image
  • Create a talent pipeline in the organisation
  • Improve productivity
  • Raise staff morale
  • Reduce staff turnover
  • Increase diversity within the business
  • Upskill existing staff

This guide explains what an employer needs to do and the things they need to consider if they want to employ an apprentice; information about the process and how apprenticeship funding works.

The Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership is working to stimulate demand for Apprenticeships in the sub-region.  They have produced a Skills and Education Plan, a working document which sets out plans for working with businesses and skills and learning providers to ensure that businesses have the skills they need to grow.

The National Apprenticeship Scheme provides lots of guidance and support for businesses and those considering an apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship funding - how it works

The Peer-to-Peer Network helps people recruiting apprentices for the first time; connect with those that have been through the process.

The AGE 16-24 grant for employers aims to support businesses who would not otherwise be in a position to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment through the apprenticeship programme.

Finding an apprentice:

Employers' Apprenticeship Toolkit

This guide is for businesses based in the Cheshire and Warrington area that are ambitious. It aims to explain how apprenticeship training can link to your business’s aspirations, so you can:

  • Attract and develop the best local talent
  • Support existing staff gain the skills needed to move through your organisation
  • Bring specialists into your company to grow and explore new markets


Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

There are hundreds of different apprenticeships on offer.  From accounting to aerospace engineering, new apprenticeships are being developed all the time with more highly skilled apprenticeships popping up each year.

With a degree apprenticeship anyone over the age of 16, living in England, can achieve a full Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.  And just like traditional degrees, an apprenticeship is a great route to a great career.

This guide and factsheet provide more information.



Apprenticeship Service Webinars

The Apprenticeship Service has a series of free webinars for employers, training providers & EPAOs
(End-point assessment organisations).

These webinars are hosted by subject matter experts who can help you understand the service and any new developments. You will also be given the opportunity to ask questions. 

Find out more about what's available.

COVID-19: apprenticeship programme response website sets out guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Facing redundancy during your apprenticeship

The coronavirus pandemic has caused some organisations to make redundancies, leaving enthusiastic, hardworking apprentices without an employer.  If you’re facing redundancy, the Education, Skills and Funding Agency can provide support.

The Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices – new YouTube video

This video explains provides clear, accessible advice and guidance; it explains what the service is, the benefits and how to access it.

If you are an employer who would like to recruit a redundant apprentice or offer new apprenticeship opportunities, visit the Education, Skills and Funding Agency website for more information.