Apprenticeships make good business sense

Apprenticeships offer businesses a cost-effective route to harness fresh new talent and ‘grow your own’ managers of the future. Apprentices can help your organisation to increase productivity, improve competitive edge and ensure you have a committed and competent workforce to meet future challenges. Oaklands is proud to offer delivery methods and styles to suit your individual business needs.

91% of employers we work with would recommend us to friend, family and colleagues

75% of employers reported apprenticeships improved the quality of their product

97% of apprentices said their ability to do the job had improved as a result of the training

Employing an apprentice

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 your job opportunities and the initial screening of candidates.

We will provide ongoing support and guidance on Apprenticeship reform and Government policy 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. We will provide you with comprehensive details about each Apprenticeship so you can make an informed choice about what will work for your business.

About the levy

The levy is a formal way for some employers operating in the UK to make an investment in apprenticeships. Find out more about the levy at GOV.UK

Benefits of an apprenticeship:

  • Develop own skilled workforce resulting in reduced staff turnover, recruitment fees and time
  • Future proof your success through succession planning and workforce strategy to reduce future skills gaps
  • Diversify your workforce and enhance your business culture.

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.

You could also be eligible for an incentive payment of £1,000 for every 16-18 year old Apprentice you employ!

Myth busters



I can only use the levy for new apprentices which means taking on new staff
Apprentices can be new team members or existing staff - you can use it to upskill any member of your workforce if you wish
Only some companies have to pay the levy. How do I know if I already pay or not?
The levy will only apply to businesses with a pay bill of more than £3 million. The levy will be collected monthly by PAYE alongside Income Tax and National Insurance.
All apprenticeships include a day release at College
Not necessarily. In any apprenticeship, 20% of the working week should be spent outside the workplace. For many, this can be a day at College but it has to be off the job training. 
Apprenticeships are only for 16 year olds Apprenticeships are available to all ages and can be used to upskill your existing staff. An employer contribution may apply.
I've heard the phrase 'use it or lose it' for employers - do we have a period of time to use our levy by?
Employers in England will be able to reclaim their levy contributions as digital vouchers to pay for training apprentices. The Government has announced unspent funds in an employer's digital account will expire 24 months after being issued.
I can't take on an apprentice because my organization does not have to pay the levy
All employers who do not pay the levy will be able to access government support for apprenticeships.
I can only use my levy to fund Aprenticeship Standards The levy fund can be used for any published Apprenticeship course, whether it is a new Standard or an existing framework.

Apprenticeships are an important part of the team structure and the apprenticeship scheme helps us bring new people into the industry.

Kevin O'Neill, Course Manager at Muswell Hill Golf Club

You can use the levy to employ an apprentice or retrain your existing staff. The majority of the funding comes from the government and employers with fewer than 50 employees are able to train 16-18 year old apprentices without making a contribution towards the costs of training and assessment. Instead, the government pays 100% of the training costs for these individuals, up to the funding band maximum.

If an employer has more than 50 employees and does not pay the apprenticeship levy and would like to train an apprentice, they need to co-invest 10% of the funding cost of the apprenticeship and benefit from government funding to cover the remaining 90% of the funding cost no matter what the age of the apprentice is.

View our current apprenticeship courses or contact us for more information.

Our staff can help you decide

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. Contact us today to discuss how we can help.

01727 737000 apprenticeships@oaklands.ac.uk