Discover the benefits and procedures of hiring an apprentice through Leicester College

Did you know?

Did you know that 92% of apprenticeship employers nationally believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce?

Apprenticeships allow you to recruit people and train them specifically for the needs of your business as well as upskilling existing staff to help your business succeed.

Funding for apprenticeships changed in April 2017 with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy. While only businesses with a pay bill in excess of £3million per annum have to pay the levy, all other employers (except those with fewer than 50 employers) have to contribute 10% of the cost. The remainder is met by the government.

We offer three levels of apprenticeships, for people aged 16.

  • Intermediate

An intermediate apprenticeship is equivalent to five good GCSE. Apprenticeships work towards vocational qualifications at level 2, such as BTEC certificates and diplomas. Qualifications combined with the skills learnt in the workplace allow apprentices to progress into full work or an advanced apprenticeship.

  • Advanced

Advanced apprenticeships are equivalent to two A levels. As with the intermediate apprenticeship, advanced apprentices undertake vocational qualifications while also learning valuable skills directly from their employment.

  • Higher

Higher level apprentices study for an undergraduate level qualification such as a level 4 HNC, or level 5 foundation degree.

We’re one of the biggest apprenticeship providers in the area offering training in a wide range of sectors listed below and our industry-experienced staff mean that we’re experts in training.

 Industry sector Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Cost per month from 
Business administration (such as administrator, operations manager, project manager)   £16
Catering and hospitality (such as chef, hospitality manager, bakery)  £13
Childcare and education  (such as early years educator and teaching assistant)   £17
Construction (such as plastering, carpentry, trowel trades, plumbing and heating, built environment)   £20
Digital industries and IT (such as data analyst, network engineering and cyber security)   ✓ £62
Engineering and manufacturing (such as manufacturing engineer, multi-skilled maintenance, and motor vehicle)    £14.50
Hair and beauty (such as hairdresser, barber, beauty professional)       £25
Health and science (such as health care assistant, dental nurse, pharmacy assistant, practice manager)       £13
Legal, finance and accountancy (such as paralegal, assistant accountant)       £16
Sales, marketing and procurement (such as customer service practioner, retail professional)   £30
Social care (such as adult care work, adult care practioner                £30

By training an apprentice, you’re investing in the future of your company and the skills of your workforce. With the minimum apprenticeship length now standing at 12 months, and with around 70% of all apprentices staying with the same employer after finishing their qualification, hiring an apprentice doesn’t mean sacrificing continuity in your business. We’re also ideally placed to help you recruit the right person for your needs – 786 apprentices aged 16+ started their apprenticeships with us last academic year.

What our Partners Say...

“The support from Leicester College has been tremendous. All the trainers and assessors have made an incredible effort to understand our business and have helped educate us in what types of training suit us best.””

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“When I was looking to train my staff I knew that Leicester College could provide that training and I knew from first-hand experience that it would be to a high standard.”

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