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Employers and apprenticeships

Interested in taking on an apprentice?

Did you know that 96% of employers that take on an apprentice say that it brings benefits to their business?

With over 250 different types of apprenticeships available offering over 1,400 job roles, there's a good chance an apprentice will be right for your business.

So why take on an apprentice?

  • They bring fresh ideas and inspiration to your business
  • They bring enthusiasm and help to encourage a culture of learning within your business
  • They are cost effective to employ
  • They will help you to maintain and develop the skilled workforce you need

Local employer endorsements

Matthew Joblin, Director of the Staines-based Community Film Unit that took on apprentice Stephanie Hopkins in January, said: "Apprenticeships are opportunities for young people to really get hands on and learn whilst doing the job."

Sarah Atkinson, Manager of the Hair Forum, said: "Apprenticeships are a brilliant way to do hairdressing. It is lovely to see them grow from apprentices to senior stylists and to see their skills develop as well as their all round customer service."

Carol Squires, Head of Business Development at Surrey Chambers of Commerce said: "Our experience of employing an apprentice was very positive, our apprentice provided a youthful insight in to our company that was refreshing and productive. Just having the opportunity to input in to our apprentice's training made sure that his training was relevant to our business. I would definitely employ another apprentice."

Did you know that around two thirds of employers that take on an apprentice report that their staff morale is boosted, their services are improved and they are given new ideas to use within their business?

If you are interested in taking on an apprentice then you may wish to contact the Association of Learning Providers in Surrey who can support businesses interested in work based learning for young people.

Apprenticeship levy

  • The Apprenticeship Levy was introduced on 6 April 2017 and requires all employers operating in the UK with a pay bill over £3 million each year to invest in apprenticeships. To find out more about the levy and the changes that have been made to the apprenticeship funding system please visit the government's apprenticeship funding webpage.

EM3 Enterprise Adviser Network

A new Government initiative to support schools by recruiting business volunteers to help with their enterprise and careers activities is underway locally. The Careers and Enterprise Company has asked Local Enterprise Partnerships to deliver on this project.

Enterprise M3 covers the M3 corridor. SATRO, a local educational charity and social enterprise, is delivering this in the Waverley and Farnham area. SATRO are looking for business volunteers to help facilitate the enormous and positive benefits that links between schools and businesses produce.

Some of us were lucky enough when we were in school to encounter a person who somehow lit a spark and set us thinking about what we would like to do with our lives. We all remember them. So, if you think you could help inspire young minds... help light a spark... and would like to know more, please email

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