Apprenticeship Support

Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to shape your staff in way that’s best for them and best for your business. If you’re looking to take on an apprentice then support is available. If you’re a small or medium sized business based in Leeds City Region, we can help you find the best route to take on an apprentice.

Finding the right people isn’t always easy, but apprenticeships give you the opportunity to shape your staff in way that’s best for them and best for your business.

Why take on an apprentice?

Hiring an apprentice is a great way to grow and future-proof your business, and train staff in the skills that you and your business need.

Apprenticeships are now available in over 1,500 occupations across 170 industries, ranging from nuclear to fashion, law, banking and defence. They offer high quality training that in many cases can lead to higher education-level and degree qualifications.

Recruiting an apprentice can have a positive impact on your business by allowing you to recruit the talent you need and tailor skill-sets, while keep training costs low. Apprentices can be hired at any age, sometimes bringing a wealth of experience and transferable skills.

Research conducted with local businesses that have experience working with apprentices between the ages of 18 - 24 found:

  • 78% said hiring an apprentice improved productivity
  • 83% said they would recommend an apprentice to another business
  • 86% said that their apprentice helped to fill skill gaps

For support and free impartial advice with employing apprentices, contact the Growth Service on 0113 348 1818 or email businessgrowth@the-lep.com . Alternatively read our Employers’ Apprenticeship Toolkit for further detailed information. Please note: The apprenticeship grant for employers (AGE) mentioned in this toolkit is no longer available. 

Are you looking to employ young people into your business?

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Find out more about apprenticeship support for your business

  1. Apprenticeship Levy Support

    We’re here to help businesses and training providers work together to make a positive difference and ensure vital apprenticeship opportunities are available to people across Leeds City Region. This is a free transfer service which covers 100% of the training costs for apprentices. Businesses can still claim government grants for apprenticeships whilst accessing the levy.

    Read more about Apprenticeship Levy Support
  2. Employment Hub

    In response to Covid-19, the Employment Hub has been adapted to help businesses with specific Covid-19 employment needs. Book a free introduction call with a business engagement officer using the form below.

    Read more about Employment Hub

Get in touch for advice or support

Get in touch with our Business Support Service and we can help you find the right support for your business needs. You can call us on 0113 348 1818 or email us for more information.