Hire an Apprentice

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.

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Apprenticeships make good business sense

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.

The Benefits to Your Business

  • 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!


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 below.

Our Student Experiences

See what our current students have to say about their experiences

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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. Contact us today to discuss how we can help.


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


of employers reported apprenticeships improved the quality of their product


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


of apprentices were satisfied with their apprenticeship overall


of apprentices currently go into work or further training


of Oaklands apprentices are employed full-time after they complete their apprenticeship

Myth Busters

Fact - Apprentices can be new team members or existing staff - you can use it to upskill any member of your workforce if you wish

Fact - 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.

Fact - 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. 

Fact - Apprenticeships are available to all ages and can be used to upskill your existing staff. An employer contribution may apply.

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.

Fact - All employers who do not pay the levy will be able to access government support for apprenticeships.

Fact - The levy fund can be used for any published Apprenticeship course, whether it is a new Standard or an existing framework.

Apprenticeship Funding

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.

Together Training

Together Training is a joint venture between Oaklands College and West Herts College. The institutions have come together to support the business community in making the most out of the Apprenticeship Levy.

Oaklands College and West Herts College are leading training providers in the Hertfordshire region. Each has many existing clients among local SMEs, on programmes ranging from short professional courses to full apprenticeships.

Local businesses looking to find out more, please visit the Together Training website below or contact John McMahon on 01923 812150

Apprenticeships at Oaklands

Once you’ve decided on the type of apprenticeship your business needs, choose an apprenticeship training course at the right level and skills you are looking for. 

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