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Apprenticeship information for employers

Are you looking to hire an apprentice? Find out everything you need to know and speak to our specialist team today.

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Every year, thousands of businesses choose to hire an apprentice as a cost-effective way to grow the talent pool in a business and provide engaging training opportunities.

Besides being a great way to develop a motivated, forward-thinking and dynamic workforce, 74% of employers said apprenticeships also helped them to improve the quality of their product or service.

Providing great benefits to businesses, it’s unsurprising that employers across the country continue to see the value of apprenticeships and apply to hire a new learner.

If you’re considering adding a new apprentice to your team, here is everything you need to know. Alternatively, you can get expert advice and guidance from our specialist team today by calling 01623 627191 or contacting

Government incentives

As an employer, not only can you get funding to support apprenticeship training, but there are often additional local incentives too.

Recently the Government has changed the incentive payments available to employers when hiring apprentices between 1st April and 30th September 2021.

You will now receive £4,000 for each new apprentice aged 16 – 18, and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan. If the apprenticeship is aged 19+ you will receive £3,000.

In order to qualify for this incentive, you must understand the following criteria:

  • This only applies to apprenticeships recruited within the specified timeframe
  • The apprentice must be a new employee to the business (must not have been employed the employers within 6 months prior to contract start date).

In terms of payments, you should know that:

  • Payments will be inclusive of the existing £1,000 payment the Government already provides for 16–18-year-old apprentices, and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan.
  • Eligibility for payments is reached at two point throughout the year, 50% when the apprentice has been in learning for 90 days and the final 50% at 365 days.
  • There is no limit on the number of incentive payments that can be claimed.
  • You can reserve funding if you register your interest with an apprenticeship provider.

To understand more details about fees and funding, please speak to our team.

Hiring your apprentice

With the right support, finding the right apprentice for your staff can be simple and stress-free. At Vision West Nottinghamshire College, we provide a free recruitment service where you can discuss your requirements and options one-to-one with an advisor. Alternatively, if you already have someone in mind, we can work with you to get them into place.

Before taking the steps to find your perfect learner, you should be aware that as an employer, you must ensure your apprentice will:

  • Work with experienced staff
  • Learn job-specific skills
  • Get time for training and study during their working week (at least 20% of their normal working hours)

At West Nottinghamshire College, our recruitment process has been designed to support both you as an employer and the learner. We find the best candidate for your business by following a process that includes screening interviews, initial assessments and the creation of unique learning programmes.

If you’d like to know about our process, please contact our team.

Apprenticeships we offer

As a leading apprenticeship provider in Mansfield and Ashfield, we offer four different levels of apprenticeships:

  • Intermediate - equivalent to a level 2 / GCSE qualification in English , maths and IT
  • Advanced - equivalent to a level 3 qualification or two A Level passes
  • Higher - equivalent to a level 4 / foundation degree qualification
  • Degree - equivalent to a level 5/6 qualification or bachelors or masters degree.

These apprenticeships also cover a variety of sectors and roles, including:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Hair and beauty
  • Healthcare
  • Human resources (HR)
  • IT and Software
  • Marketing
  • Retail

Our team also offers a bespoke training service, where they create custom learning programmes that support your business needs. In order to find out more about this offering, you will need to speak to our advisors.

Why work with West Nottinghamshire College?

Besides being one of the biggest apprenticeship providers in the local area, there are many reasons why you should choose to us as your provider:

  • We have four campuses each boasting state-of-the-art-facilities – including specialist facilities for construction, motor vehicles, engineering, robotics, computer labs and more.
  • We can provide bespoke learning programmes that tailor to you.
  • As an employer, we can support you in more way than one with our suite of employer services.

Want to know more?

If you’d like to find out more about apprenticeships or our free recruitment service, please contact our specialist apprentice team.

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Why choose West Notts?

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020.

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction.**Learner Exit Survey 2019/20

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area.

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We have four campuses each boasting a number of state-of-the-art facilities.

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