Apprenticeships: Information for Employers

Apprenticeships provide affordable training for employers as the training costs can be subsidised by the Government. Apprenticeships are for people aged 16 and over. We can help you with recruitment by providing a Training Needs Analysis, advertising your apprenticeship job vacancies free of charge and screening applicants to meet your business needs. Alternatively, an existing member of your staff can also be considered for an apprenticeship.

Did you know, in April 2021 the National Living Wage and Minimum Wage changed? You can check your pay using the government’s online calculator.

 Apprenticeships Digital Account

All apprenticeships are now funded through a Digital Account whether you are a Levy payer or a small Employer. For further information look at our Apprenticeship Digital Account page.

What are the benefits of recruiting an apprentice?

There are a number of benefits to hiring an apprentice, including:

  • A cost-effective way of recruiting and/or training new staff
  • Skilled and experienced staff can help increase your sales, efficiency and profitability and give you the edge over your competition
  • Recognising talent and supporting your staff through apprenticeships improves their performance, motivation and loyalty
  • Apprenticeships are tailored to organisational needs and to the needs of each individual learner, with a range of flexible delivery models
  • Government funding is available to contribute towards the apprenticeship costs

Why Farnborough College of Technology?

  • Largest provider of apprenticeships in the region
  • Over 30 different apprenticeship programmes on offer
  • Support with recruiting an apprentice
  • Dedicated account manager to provide a single point of contact and support for the employer
  • Judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted across all areas of work
  • Experienced Business Services team who have worked with over 6,000 employers offering a variety of services
  • Superb professional, industry standard qualification and training programmes
  • Wide range of higher education , professional and management programmes to offer onward progression for apprentices

Our Business Services team deliver training and support to apprentices across a large geographical area. Don’t worry if your business is not local to the College, we support apprentices in many areas such as Guildford, Basingstoke, Woking and London, so do contact us if you want advice on our schemes.

Most qualifications and skills are achieved through a combination of workplace assessment and College attendance.

Please call us on 01252 407299 or email business@farn-ct.ac.uk to discuss your requirements, or download our Employers Guide to Work-based Learning for more information.

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce works across Rushmoor and Hart,  through its Business Strategy Group, to help and support to members locally, listening to business priorities, and acting as a collective voice for the business community. The following link will keep you up to date with events, local Business funding, details on international trade and more.

Business Strategy Group | North East Hampshire | Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

Supporting smaller employers to use the apprenticeship service

This summer, many smaller employers (annual pay bill of less than £3 million) will be using the apprenticeship service for the first time. To benefit from the summer peak in interest from school and college leavers, and to meet the eligibility criteria for the incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice, smaller employers need to prepare as soon as possible by:

Advertising apprenticeship opportunities, on pages such as Find an apprenticeship.

You can find more government support at guidance for apprenticeships at ESFA Update further education: 2 June 2021.

Apprenticeships.gov.uk contains all the answers to questions frequently asked by potential apprentices and employers.

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