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I Want to Employ An Apprentice


What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying assessment and skills development programme. It is a way for individuals to earn while they learn gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role The Apprentice gains this through a wide mix of learning in the workplace and off the job training. Apprentices benefit employers and individuals, and by boosting the skills of the workforce they help to improve productivity. If you have a specific question the please take a look at our frequently asked questions for employers here!

2021 Employer Incentive 

The Government has introduced incentive payments for businesses hiring a new apprentice. Employers who hire an apprentice could recieve:

  • £3,000 for new apprentices
  • £1,000 additional payment for employers of 16 – 18 year or 19-24 year old apprentices who have previously been in care or who have a Local Authority Education, Health and Care plan.

This incentive has been extended to 31st January 2022. If you’re considering employing an apprentice in 2022 – you don’t want to miss out! Contact us today to discuss eligability and more information.

Who are they for?

Apprenticeships are for anyone over the age of 16 not in full time education. 

Employers can offer apprenticeships to new entrants or use them to grow talent from among current employees.

Apprenticeships equip individuals with the necessary skills, knowledge and behaviour they need for specific job roles and progression.

Benefits of hiring apprentices

Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any business to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Other benefits that apprenticeships contribute towards include:
– reducing recruitment costs
– increasing employee satisfaction
– reducing staff turnover

Employer responsibilities

There must be a genuine job available with a contract of employment long enough for an apprentice to complete their apprenticeship. Employers must pay an apprentice’s wages and the role must help them gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to achieve their apprenticeship. Apprentices must spend at least 20% of their time on off-the-job- training.

For more information please contact 01202 123444 or [email protected]

We can also support apprentices to gain recognised qualifications in functional skills, for more information please click here.

The apprenticeship is delivered in a tried and trusted way. There are good frameworks in place and staff delivering the course are reliable and always available if we have questions. We as the employer and the Apprentice have regular collaboration with S&L and the course delivery goes hand in hand with the day to day on the ground workplace learning.

Apprentice Employer


Apprenticeship Training Available


Skills & Learning offer a range of Apprenticeships in the Dorset area. These include: Customer Service Practitioner, Business Administrator, Team Leader/Supervisor, Operations/Departmental Manager and Hair Professional (Hairdressing and Barbering routes).


80% of our Business Administration Apprentices achieved distinction


100% of our Customer Service Practitioner Apprentices achieved distinction


100% of our Teaching Assistant apprentices achieved distinction


100% of our Team Leader apprentices achieved distinction


We are always developing new programmes to support Apprentices so please talk to us about how we can support your business and other apprenticeships we offer. Please contact us on 01202 123444 or [email protected]


Why choose Skills & Learning?


Skills & Learning are an ethical, local authority hosted, Ofsted rated ‘good’ training provider. 


We offer a broad programme of learning across Dorset allowing us to develop flexible, varied and bespoke apprenticeship training plans.


Our apprentices have great progression into permanent roles once they complete their training.


We offer:


  •  Local personalised support and knowledge
  • Expert, experienced tutor/assessors
  • Added value opportunities such as qualifications in maths, English and ICT
  • Good permanent employment rates post apprenticeships
  • Flexible and creative training to suit your needs and that of the apprentice


For more information on how we can help you and our full employer offer please download our new employer brochure here.



    If you still have unanswered questions the please take a look at our frequently asked questions for employers here!



    The apprentice assessor was fabulous a real credit to the apprentice program great mentor and really proactive with apprentices and managers. Team were very supportive when there were technical issues for the end point assessment.

    Apprentice Employer