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Employ an apprentice

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

Whether you are looking to convert an existing employee onto an apprenticeship or recruit new talent, our experienced Business Centre Team will guide you through the process from start to finish, supporting you with the paperwork to access your Levy or register on the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS).

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Benefits of apprenticeships to your organisation:

  • Grow your own talent
  • Nurture the essential skills needed within your industry
  • Enhance diversity in your business
  • Improve your team's productivity
  • Boost workforce retention.

Let us recruit for you!

We recruit apprentices all year round!

Warrington & Vale Royal College offer a dedicated recruitment service, free of charge, for employers looking for an apprentice. Our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team are highly skilled in finding you a talented apprentice who is the perfect fit for your business.

Our Business Centre Team are always on hand to support our employer partners. If you would like to make an enquiry you can contact them on 01925 494 555 or email

Apprenticeship Recruitment Service

  • Providing support, advice and guidance for job descriptions and contracts of employment
  • Free vacancy advertising on the National Apprenticeship Service website, the college website and college social media platforms
  • Pre-screening and shortlisting of candidates
  • Arrange interviews with shortlisted candidates
  • Co-ordinate work trials with current students.

Talent Pool

We actively work with a job ready ‘Talent Pool’ of candidates who are actively seeking an apprenticeship in various industries and sectors.

We will work alongside you to match our talented candidates to your vacancies.

We also run sector specific Find Your Match events in college - to help you find the perfect candidate.

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National Apprenticeship Week

Here at Warrington & Vale Royal College we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week every year by inviting numerous organisations into college to talk to our students about the pathways they could take after college. Our students will have numerous opportunities to ask questions to the guest lecturers about their apprenticeship offer, as well as having access to live webinars and interactive online sessions with nationally recognised employers.

We hope by the end of the week our students have a better idea of what they want to work towards, and that they are confident they know the right steps in order to achieve that.

We'd love to hear from you!

What our Employers say

90% of employers who employ an apprentice report benefits to their business

92% of employers choose to retrain their apprentice on completion of their apprenticeship

As an employer, this is our first apprentice so we were completely new to the process. However, the team at Warrington & Vale Royal College were amazing and took us through every stage carefully and provided excellent guidance and instructions. Overall it has been an excellent experience.

The Apprenticeships Team at Warrington & Vale Royal have been brilliant. We have employed two apprentices and found dealing with them has been straightforward and professional. From registering with the government apprenticeship service to finding candidates and then managing the candidates' development and training, we were supported by a friendly and effective team.

We are relatively new to the process of employing apprentices, so we very much appreciate the collaboration, flexibility and assistance from Warrington & Vale Royal College. Our current apprentice who attends the college is progressing very well and the facilities available for him to aid his engineering education are fabulous.

Apprenticeship Funding, Employer Incentives & FAQs

Hiring an apprentice doesn’t have to be costly.

Contact our Business Centre Team for the latest information about government funding for apprenticeships, employer contributions and incentive payments.

Apprenticeship Levy

The Apprenticeship Levy is a levy on larger employers to fund apprenticeships and applies to both public and private sectors. If your business wage bill is over £3 million, your company will pay 0.5% of this amount towards the Apprenticeship Levy.

Levy funds expire 24 months after they enter your digital account unless you spend them on apprenticeship training. Speak to our team about how we can support you in utilising your Levy to develop and train your workforce.

Is there any financial support available for hiring an apprentice?

If your company employs an apprentice aged 16-18-years-old, you will receive £1,000 from the college.

Do I need to complete any health and safety checks?

Our Business Centre Team conduct health and safety checks with employers prior to the apprenticeship commencing.

By law, employers are responsible for health and safety within the workplace. An apprentice is treated as an employee; therefore, employers are responsible for providing a safe working environment.

Do I need insurance?

An existing Employer Liability Insurance policy is sufficient for employing an apprentice. Our Business Centre Team will require a copy of your insurance certificate prior to the apprenticeship commencing.

If the apprentice will be travelling in a company vehicle then this must also be appropriately insured.

How much do I pay an apprentice?

There are different rates of pay for apprentices, depending on age and what year of the apprenticeship they are in.

Employers can choose what they would like to pay their apprentice, as long as they meet the minimum requirements outlined below.

  • Aged 16-17 years National Minimum Wage of £4.81 per hour
  • Aged 18+ and in the first year of the apprenticeship: National Minimum Wage of £6.83 per hour
  • Aged 19+ and has completed the first year of the apprenticeship: National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage rate for their age.

How many hours is an apprentice contracted to work?

Apprentices are required to work between 30-40 hours per week, including time for their 20% off-the-job training.