Why choose Apprenticeships for your business?

Apprenticeships help businesses to grow.

  • 96% of employers that take on an apprentice report benefits to their business.
  • 72% of businesses report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice.
  • Other benefits reported by around two-thirds of employers include improved products or services, new ideas being introduced to the organisation, better morale among staff and more staff staying with the organisation.

Apprenticeships develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Businesses that offer Apprenticeships think that they help with their long-term development. According to the British Chambers of Commerce, businesses usually employ an apprentice to improve the skills available within their organisation.

Apprenticeships improve productivity while reducing costs.

Apprenticeships are boosting productivity by helping businesses to expand the skills available in the organisation. The average person completing an Apprenticeship increases productivity by £214 a week. These gains include increased profits, lower prices and better products.

What is an Apprenticeship?

  • An Apprenticeship is a way for young people and adult learners to earn a wage while they train in a real job, gaining a real qualification and laying the foundations for a successful future.
  • Depending on the business, an Apprenticeship will take between one and four years to complete.
  • All Apprenticeships have set content. However, you can add extra content that meets your specific business needs.
  • Apprenticeships will be delivered in partnership with Cheadle and Marple College.
  • Apprentices work for at least 30 hours a week.
  • An apprentice must receive the appropriate minimum wage.

Apprenticeship qualifications  

Apprenticeships are available at intermediate, advanced and higher (degree) level.


‘The decision taken by DELTA NEU last year to take on our very first Apprentice was a change in direction and a huge shift in our usual recruitment plan.  Marple College, and in particular their incredibly professional Employment Liaison Team,  worked with us to make the whole experience so beneficial to our business.  They really do sit in the middle of things and work so efficiently to ensure both the Apprentice and Employer are matched and supported throughout.  We are now looking for Apprentice number two and feel certain that this will also be a resounding success. We would not hesitate to recommend their services!’

Michaela Duffy
Company Secretary

What support is available?

Apprenticeship Grant for Employers[1] for 16 to 24 year olds

Employers that:

  • have less than 50 employees;
  • haven’t started an apprentice in the past 12 months; and
  • want to take on an apprentice (or apprentices) aged 16 to 24;
  • you will be able to receive up to 5 grants in total

[1] Subject to eligibility and availability you may be able to get a grant of £1,500 per apprentice from the National Apprenticeship Service. The grant has been developed to support business growth by offering young people employment through Apprenticeships.