For employers


Are you thinking of taking on an Apprentice?

Apprentices are opportunities for all employers, from small businesses to large multi-national companies, to strengthen, diversify and develop their workforce, helping organisations to be ready for the future.

Research has proven that apprentices add real value to employers and to the wider economy: for every £1 spent, there is a £28 return.

Apprenticeships are for people of all ages from 16 upwards. All the information you need about recruiting apprentices can be found in one place here on Workbox.

It is not as complicated as it may seem to employ an apprentice or use the apprenticeship levy to upskill your current team. We can provide you with all the advice and information you need through our employer engagement team at Wolves at Work, who will talk you through the apprenticeship standards.

For more information on:

  • Independent advice and guidance available
  • What funding is available?
  • What standards will the apprentice undertake?
  • Employment liabilities
  • The Apprenticeship levy and training
  • The new Apprenticeship service

If you are interested in marketing your business and apprenticeship offer on our Meet the Employers page, please email

As a levy-paying employer, the City of Wolverhampton Council can now transfer some of our annual levy funds to other smaller Wolverhampton employers.

If your business or organisation is based in Wolverhampton, then you could be eligible for advice on recruiting apprentices and the up-skilling of your existing workforce, or for financial support which can be used to fund training.

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How much does it cost me?

Taking on an apprentice can be excellent value for money. You may be eligible for government funding to cover up to 100% of the costs of training. If you do not currently pay into the Apprenticeship levy you will be expected to contribute 10%.

The national minimum wage for an apprentice is £4.15 an hour for the first year, although many employers choose to pay a higher rate to make their schemes more attractive to high calibre applicants.

You can also offer apprenticeships to upskills current employees.

What will I gain?

Recruiting an apprentice means committing to helping someone to develop the skills your business requires and to achieve their potential. They will be learning about your company and its culture so that they may help to increase your skills base and contribute to your organisations productivity. It is estimated that for every £1 spent on an apprentice, the apprentice can return up to £28 in value, which is an excellent return for a mutually beneficial arrangement which can help your company grow.

Is it a difficult process?

Recruiting apprenticeships is the same as recruiting for any other role. Our employer engagement team can put you in contact with the right provider, who will be able to assist you with the process and reduce the demands on your time.

Who is responsible for training?

You may choose to deliver the training in-house and have an assessor support with the assessment elements required for the qualification, or you can out-source to a provider who will work with you to develop a tailored package to suit your needs. Speak to our employer engagement team to identify the right provider for you through a skills assessment.

How long is the apprenticeship for, and what happens after?

The apprenticeship lasts for as long as the qualification takes to complete, which is dependent on the level.

Afterwards, you will have a capable and qualified individual who has the required skills for your business and who you may wish to make a permanent member of staff - why let any other company benefit from your investment of time and money?

What if I am not a levy payer?

If you are not a levy payer, you are still be able to access some government funding for part of the costs but you will also need to make a payment as a ‘co-investment’.

Is there additional support for small and medium sized businesses?

Local training providers and the City of Wolverhampton College have funding available to support you in accessing funding for an apprenticeship

If you have fewer than 50 employees

The government is offering support to small employers (those with fewer than 50 employees) to recruit young apprentices and will pay 100% of the training costs for these individuals. In addition to this, they are extending this offer to small employers who take on a 19 to 24-year-old apprentice who was formerly in care or has a Local Authority Education, Health and Care plan.

The government will pay £1,000 to you as a non-Levy-paying employer recruiting a 16-18-year-old or a 19 to 24-year-old apprentice who was formerly in care or has a Local Authority Education, Health and Care plan.