• Apprenticeships and Traineeships

    An apprentice boosts the UK economy by £28 for every £1 of investment. Find out what support is available and join the apprenticeship movement


Apprenticeships, which combine workplace training with study, can have a big impact to your organisation. Examples may include improving your bottom line, diversifying skills within your company, supporting workforce planning or positively shaping your organisation's culture. Many businesses choose to recruit an apprentice, not just because the UK economy is boosted by £28 for every £1 invested into an apprentice, because:

  • You can mould an apprentice to meet your workplace needs.
  • You can use an apprenticeship to grow your business or resolve difficulties with recruitment.
  • You can use an apprenticeship to recruit new talent or retrain/up-skill existing staff, which also encourages enthusiasm, creativity and loyalty.

Support to help you recruit an apprentice

#SeeDifferent SME Apprenticeship Support Grant

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority has launched the #SeeDifferent SME Apprenticeship Support Grant. This grant aims to help Greater Manchester based employers to introduce new skills and talent into their organisation.

The grant, which is valued at £3,000 per organisation, offers a financial incentive to employers who have not recruited an apprentice within the previous 2 years. The following links provide more details:

Note: Bury Council will consider all applications, which meet the grant criteria, but funding is not guaranteed.

Workforce planning support and advice

Specialist support is available, via the Stimulating Employer Demand for Apprenticeships (SEDA) project, to help local businesses:

  • Explore their apprenticeship recruitment needs
  • Identify the right course and training provider
  • Complete a workforce development plan which will help to identify any specific training requirements

To access support from the SEDA project, complete the Business Growth Hub - Get in Touch form.

CITB Apprenticeship grants

CITB pay grants for attendance and achievements on intermediate, advanced and higher approved apprenticeships. If you are are levy-registered with CITB and would like further information visit: CITB - Apprenticeship Grants

Apprenticeship levy

Apprenticeship funding changed from April 2017, based on the size of an organisation's payroll bill. You can review your organisation's funding position via the Apprenticeship Funding Flow Chart on The Apprenticeship Hub - Employers.

A Levy Transfer Matchmaking Service is coming soon. More information will follow, but this service will simplify the process whereby a levy paying organisation wants to transfer funds to a non-levy paying organisation (to pay for the apprenticeship training).

What are other employers saying?

The following case studies, presented by business leaders, describe how Apprenticeships are having a big impact within their company.

The Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Ambassador Programme

Who better to raise awareness of Apprenticeships than apprentices themselves? The Apprenticeship Ambassador Programme is an information service for schools and employers in Greater Manchester utilising real apprentices' first-hand knowledge to promote Apprenticeships as a viable and successful route into a career.

For further information, including future training days, contact details and the benefits, visit the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network website.


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Traineeships are designed to help young people who haven't yet developed the necessary experience or skills to get an Apprenticeship. A Traineeship combines education, training and workplace experience to support the young person, aged 16 to 24, to become work ready. This includes English and maths tuition (if required) and works preparation training.

Traineeships can also benefit your business by:

  • Developing a pool of potential recruits.
  • The Traineeship programme, including the training, can be designed as per the employer needs.
  • Existing staff have an opportunity to develop mentoring and coaching skills.
  • The programme is fully funded by government.

Where can you access help with your recruitment?

You can access support with your recruitment needs via Offer to Employers.