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Apprenticeships Employers Information


Apprenticeships offer a great opportunity to recruit the next generation of your workforce as well as upskilling existing employees. Apprentices must be at least 16 years of age and will study the full Apprenticeship framework along with gaining invaluable industry experience. There is no upper age limit on Apprenticeships, so they provide a great opportunity for a broad range of people.

Adult Apprenticeships will build on existing knowledge and are often a perfect way to upskill your current employees to more senior roles within your business, as well as improving productivity.

We offer Apprenticeships in a wide range of areas – please click here to find out more information.

More information for your employees about becoming an Apprentice can be found here. You can also find information about becoming an Adult Apprentice here.

Please take a look through some of our employer success stories to find out about the range of businesses we have worked with in the past.

Minimum Wage Rise for Apprentices 

On 1st April 2018, the national minimum wage for apprenticeships will rise by 20p / hour

For more information about the national minimum wage rates visit here:

Apprenticeship Levy

On 6th April 2017, the government launched its apprenticeship levy as part of the biggest shake-up of skills for a generation.

The Levy is a ‘payroll tax’ designed to support the government’s commitment to deliver 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. It will encourage employers to invest in high-quality apprenticeships ensuring even more people have a chance to reach their full potential. The Levy is set at 0.5% of an employer’s wage bill and will be collected through PAYE and any company in the UK who has a payroll of over £3 million per annum will be automatically subjected to the Apprenticeship Levy.

Smaller employers with an annual pay bill below £3 million are not required to pay the levy, but generous support will be provided; 90% of the costs of training and assessing their apprentices will be paid for by the government. Further to this, business with fewer than 50 employees that take on apprentices aged between 16 and 18 will have 100% of their training costs paid for. This is on top of a range of support for apprentices who have additional needs.

The government have published lots of useful information about the Apprenticeship Levy online, please see the links below for further information:

Government News – Apprenticeship funding to transform investment in skills 

Apprenticeship funding for employers: how will it work?

Online calculator – understand how much levy employers will pay and how funds can be used to pay for training employees

Online apprenticeship service to enable levy paying employers to manage apprenticeship funds, estimate spend and recruit apprentices


Buxton & Leek College and University of Derby are pleased to have been accepted onto the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) for both levy-paying and non-levy paying employers! This means that we are in a fairly unique position of being able to provide Traineeships, Intermediate Apprenticeships, Advanced Apprenticeships and Higher/Degree Apprenticeships, within one institution.


For a discussion with our Apprenticeships team, to identify how you can benefit from the Apprenticeship Levy, please call 0800 074 0099, email or complete our form to request for our Apprenticeship team to contact you.