Have you considered recruiting an ​apprentice but have been put off by ​the complexity of the system, the ​cost of training or just where to start?

The Apprenticeship Support for SMEs ​service can help you!

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Access our free support!

FREE Support Service for SMEs

To be eligible your business must:

  • Have less than 250 members of staff
  • Operate within the following sectors and looking to recruit any apprentice:
    • Adult Social Care
    • Construction
    • Manufacturing
  • Or operate in any sector but looking for a digital apprentice
  • Have been trading for at least 12 months
  • Not have employed an apprentice in the last 24 months
  • Be located within the following local authority areas:
    • Blackburn with Darwen
    • Burnley
    • Bolton
    • Manchester
    • Oldham
    • Rochdale
    • Salford
    • Tameside
    • Wigan

Our team can support you to:

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Explain the funding rules and your obligations as an employer of an apprentice

Navigate the government’s Apprenticeship Service website

Understand how you could access funding that removes the cost of your apprentice’s training

Introduce you to appropriate apprenticeship training

Recruit an apprentice

How can we help?

You can access this free support service in 6 easy steps


Complete our short Expression of Interest form.

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We will contact you to set ​up a meeting to deliver that ​support.


We will take you through all ​of the key aspects of ​apprenticeships described ​above.


We will recommend the ​suitable apprenticeship ​standard and provide a list ​of training providers who ​deliver that apprenticeship.


We will the introduce you to ​your selected training ​provider and support you ​through the recruitment ​process.


We will handover to the ​training provider who will ​support you and the ​apprentice from start to ​completion.

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What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job with training and assessment that enables an apprentice for gain the skills, knowledge and behaviors in an occupation.

Alongside on-the-job training, apprentices spend approximately 20% of their working hours completing off-the-job learning with a college, independent training provider or university which leads to a nationally recognised qualification.

An apprenticeship is a great opportunity for employers who want to:

  • recruit a school or college leaver to start a career
  • upskill a current member of staff
  • develop an individual looking for a career-change

Get in touch!

Want to access our free service or find out more? Complete our short Expression of Interest form below!

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On receipt of the EOI a member of the Apprenticeship Support for SMEs team will contact you to discuss your specific apprenticeship support needs

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Apprenticeship Support for SMEs

In collaboration with the DfE

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