Apprenticeships are key to growing a skilled and competitive workforce that meets the needs of employers and drives business growth.

There are over 630 approved apprenticeship standards available, with many more in the pipeline, delivering specific and transferrable skills to a range of individuals, roles and industry sectors. Through their apprenticeship, apprentices gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills they need for their immediate job and future career – employers benefit too.

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What is an apprenticeship
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The main rules governing apprenticeships are:

  • the apprentice must be employed in a real job; they may be an existing employee or a new hire
  • the apprentice must work towards achieving an approved apprenticeship standard
  • the apprenticeship training must last at least 12 months
  • the apprentice must spend at least 20% of their time on off-the-job training – this training must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship standard.

If you’re an employer with a pay bill over £3 million each year, you must pay the apprenticeship levy. Smaller employers can access government funding, paying 5% of the training costs, and in may cases, the government will cover the cost in full.


Apprenticeships have moved on from what they used to be and are an exciting option for both apprentice and employer. You can now employ apprentices at different levels, from school leavers to people that want to further their careers or change career direction completely.

As an employer, you can get additional help with funding an apprentice from the government.


Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any organisation to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

86% of employers said apprenticeships developed skills relevant to their organisation and 78% reported improved productivity.

Other benefits that apprenticeships contribute to your organisation include:

  • 90% of apprentices stay on 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 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 who’s aged 16 up to any age and from any background

Training Providers

You can search for training providers for your apprentice via two ways: either through a national database or in the Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Partnership apprenticeship directory.

The Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Partnership comprises of FE colleges, independent training providers and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver in the local authority areas of Swindon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. Members deliver a range of training provision, including apprenticeships, maths, English, ESOL, Foundation Learning, Study Programmes, Traineeships, employability skills, adult learning, Foundation Degrees and work-based learning.

National training provider list
Local training provider directory

Further Guidance

You can contact us and we’ll help you find the right apprenticeship standard and training provider to match your needs.

Steps to a quality apprenticeship

Visit the government’s dedicated apprenticeship page to access this interactive roadmap – The Road to a Quality Apprenticeship provides information to employers based on their annual pay bill to help them access the appropriate funding and incentives.

AELP has issued updated guidance on how employers and training providers can work together to comply with the 20% off-the-job training (OTJT) rule for apprenticeships – it can be found here.

Gov off the job training resources including; a flow chart and myth busting factsheets.

Transferring unused apprenticeship funds to other employers

From April 2019, levy-paying employers can transfer a maximum amount of 25% of their annual funds. They can make transfers from their apprenticeship account to as many employers as they choose.

The apprenticeship service calculates this amount by:

For more information take a look at the guidance on the GOV.UK website. Alternatively you can view this video which gives an overview of how transfers of apprenticeship funds will work on the apprenticeship service.

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Develop a New Standard

Developing an apprenticeship standard needs time and commitment. However, it is a rewarding process. You will be helping to ensure apprenticeships deliver the knowledge, skills, and behaviours employers need.

Developing new apprenticeships

Promoting Your Apprenticeship Opportunities

The National Apprenticeship Service can help you promote your apprenticeship opportunities to thousands of individuals, parents and education establishments. All the products listed are free and enable you to promote, not only your existing opportunities, but those apprenticeships you will be advertising in the future.
This is your chance to showcase your brand and opportunities to some of the very best apprentice candidates.
To get involved, or to find out more, email stating what opportunities you would like to take advantage of.

Alternatively, if you already employ apprentices, aged 18 to 26,  encouraging them to get involved in the Young Apprentice Ambassador Network (YAAN) is a great way to showcase their experience of being an employee of your organisation whilst undertaking an apprenticeship. These young ambassadors visit local schools and colleges to share their experience during assemblies and careers talks. Take a look at the attached flyer for more information and to read about some of our current YAANs.  Your apprentice could be our next star!

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