• Apprenticeships

    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.

Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Strategy

The Greater Manchester Strategy for Apprenticeships is introduced within the enclosed presentation (dated 11/4/19). Key themes of this strategy include:

  • #SeeDifferent: Apprenticeship are seen differently because of the contribution they make and the opportunities they bring.
  • Do Different: Organisations will be working together to ensure all Apprenticeship opportunities are of the highest quality.
  • Be Greater: We will be an exemplar of Apprenticeship employment with a range of opportunities to develop skills and improve business productivity.

pdf icon Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Strategy [572kb]


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.

Levy Matchmaking Service

The Levy Matchmaking Service allows a levy paying organisation to transfer up to 25% of their funds to a non-levy paying organisation, to pay for apprenticeship training. This ensures that maximum levy investment is retained in Greater Manchester.

What are other employers saying?

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

interesting fact

Bury town, Ramsbottom, is one of the best places to live in the North West according to the Sunday Times Best Places to Live list (Sunday Times, 2019).

Support and Development Opportunities for Apprentices

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.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Apprentice Travel Offer

TfGM provides a transport offer for Greater Manchester Apprentices, which includes:

  • Apprentice Bike to Work Scheme: Providing free refurbished bikes and accessories to help apprentices access their place of work and training.
  • Apprentice Free and discounted travel: Offering ONE free 28 day bus and Metrolink pass and subsidised passes for a further 3 months, helping apprentices get to their place of work and training.
  • Free Personal Travel Plan: Providing a free electronic Personalised Travel Plan, to help apprentices plan their journey.

  For further information about any of these programmes, visit: TfGM Travel Choices for Apprentices