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Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Graduate placements are a great way to get young people into your workforce and shape the future employees that your business needs. Our vision is that Apprenticeships are chosen increasingly by businesses and young people throughout Cheshire West and Chester. Apprenticeships will offer businesses a clear means to support success, and provide young people with an attractive option with prospects for further progression.

Employer Guide to Apprenticeships and Traineeships

This document gives a good overview of apprenticeships and traineeships, how they work, the benefits to your company and the funding that may be available to help you take on an apprentice.


Simple Guide to Employing an Apprentice

There is a simple guide available online produced by the government at:

For a more detailed guide you could try:

National Apprenticeship Service

The National Apprenticeship Service can help you with the journey to becoming an apprentice employer. Contact them for more information.

Tel: 0800 100 900

Apprenticeship Reforms and Key Information for Employers

Apprenticeships benefit employers and individuals, and by boosting the skills of the workforce they help to improve economic productivity. The apprenticeship reforms will support an increase in the quality and quantity of apprenticeships so that more individuals have the chance to pursue a successful career – whether this is their first step on the employment ladder or progression within a current employer or sector.

Find out more about Apprenticeship Reforms and Key Information for Employers

Apprenticeship Training Providers 

In order to employ an apprentice you may want to work with a training provider. To find out which providers can train up apprentices in your local area visit:

It may be worth contacting a few providers, they can meet you to discuss your needs and help you get started in hiring an apprentice.

Colleges and Universities in Cheshire and Warrington

Find out more about colleges in Cheshire and Warrington.

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeships

The University of Chester has an excellent track record in providing work-based learning programmes for organisations across the world through its highly acclaimed Centre for Work Related Studies in which this programme will operate.

For further information visit: University of Chester

The Apprenticeship Levy

The Apprenticeship Levy is a UK Government employment tax that is due to come into force in April 2017. It will be applied across the whole of the UK.

The Welsh Government is working with the UK Government to understand the impact of the introduction of the Levy in Wales.

For more information about the The Apprenticeship Levy visit: Welsh.Gov

Apprenticeship Grant: Employer Fact Sheet

There is currently an apprenticeship grant available to some employers of 16 to 24 year olds. This fact sheet provides information on eligibility and how to

Age 16 to 24 Employer Fact Sheet apply.



Traineeships are designed to help young people who want to get an apprenticeship or job but do not yet have the appropriate skills or experience. Traineeships prepare young people, aged 16 to 24, for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’. They provide the essential work preparation training, maths and English and work experience needed to get an Apprenticeship or other job.

Training providers deliver traineeships, which are funded by the government, with employers providing the valuable work experience placement and interview as part of the programme. For more information, please see the following link:

A fact sheet for employers is also available at: Traineeships - Fact Sheets for Employers

Cheshire West and Chester Supported Internships

Cheshire West and Chester Council are working in partnership with local Colleges and training providers to offer supported internships to young people across the borough.

There are different pathways to getting a job, and supported internships offers one way for those people with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities, who face the most significant barriers to getting a paid job and a sustainable career.

Case Study Interviews

Find out more about the benefits of local Businesses taking on Apprentices with the following Case Study Interviews below.

Talking Skills with Heat Trace

Talking Skills with Forresters

Talking Skills with Technoprint


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