Apprenticeships make good business sense

Apprenticeships offer businesses a cost-effective route to harness fresh new talent. Apprentices can help your organisation to increase productivity, improve competitiveness and ensure you have a committed and competent workforce to meet future challenges.

  • Fill your skills gaps – ‘grow your own’ staff
  • Flexible training to suit your business with minimal days in college
  • Reduce staff turnover, improve productivity and avoid skills shortages
  • Training is funded depending on circumstances, and wages are reduced for apprentices

Recruitment Process

Oaklands will support your business at every stage from your initial enquiry to celebrating the successful achievements of your Apprentices. We will guide you through the recruitment process including advertising and initial screening of candidates. Our flexible and high quality training coupled with your in-house development of staff will create a skilled and knowledgeable team for your organisation.

We will provide ongoing support and guidance on Apprenticeship reform and changes so don’t delay and contact the Oaklands Apprenticeship Team to see how we can begin to help you benefit from Apprenticeships and take your business onto the next stage of success.

The framework of an apprenticeship qualification may include:

  • NVQ/Diploma
  • Technical Certificate
  • Functional Skills (English, Maths & ICT)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)


For those apprentices aged 16-18 at the start of the Apprenticeship there is no employer contribution. For those 19 and over, an employer contribution varies with each framework.

Apprenticeship Levy

It's all change for apprenticeships in Spring 2017, as the way the Government funds apprenticeships in England takes a new turn with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy.

The levy is a formal way for all employers operating in the UK with a pay bill of more than £3 million per year to make an investment in apprenticeships, paying a rate of 0.5 per cent of the entire pay bill, with a levy allowance available to offset it via tax by hiring apprentices in their own workforce.

Read more about the Apprenticeship Levy by clicking on the Government website or contact us today to book a consultation to learn how the levy will impact your business and how we can support you. 

What other alternatives are there?

Traineeships are education and training programmes that allow companies to employ a young person for a short period. The programmes are flexible and Oaklands College can help design it to suit your organisation.

For an employer, taking on a trainee means that a short-term need of an organisation can be met at low cost. For a trainee, this is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience and become more attractive to employers in the future.

Traineeships, which are maximum six months in duration, can also lead to apprenticeships in the future. Therefore, if you would like to extend the programme, there is a way you can do that. Please see our Guide to Apprenticeships for more details.

Our staff can help you decide

Apprenticeship Team can provide you with more specific information about the scheme and the Levy, as well as give actionable advice on how to hire an apprentice. Contact us today to discuss how we can help.

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