Apprenticeships can make your organisation more effective, productive and competitive by addressing your skills gaps directly, even in uncertain economic times. To learn more about the basics of apprenticeships click here.

If you’re interested in becoming an Apprentice, click here.

About Apprenticeships – Employers

Apprenticeships ensure that your workforce has the practical skills and qualifications your organisation needs now and in the future. The mixture of on and off the job learning ensures they learn the skills that work best for your business.

Over 130,000 workplaces offer apprentice places because they understand the benefits that apprentices bring to their business – increased productivity, improved competitiveness and a committed and competent work-force.

  • Improve your bottom line

Apprenticeships deliver real returns to your bottom line, with Apprenticeships helping them to improve productivity and to be more competitive. Training apprentices can also be more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs.

  • Fill your skills gaps

Apprenticeships deliver skills designed around your business needs providing the skilled workers you need for the future. They also help you develop the specialist skills you need to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in your sector.

  • Motivate your workforce

Apprentices tend to be eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invested in them. Remember, an apprentice is with you because they want to be – they have made an active choice to learn on the job and a commitment to a specific career.

Training and Employment As Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes; most of the training is ‘on the job’ – at your premises. Employment is expected to be for a minimum of 30 hours per week, except in the minority of circumstances, in these cases employment must be for more than 16 hours per week and the length of the apprenticeship will need to be increased accordingly to ensure the apprentice has gained the required level of skills and knowledge to do the job.

Funding Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds (AGE 16 to 24) The National Apprenticeship Service will provide Apprenticeship grants to eligible employers with up to 1000 employees recruiting 16 to 24 year olds with a value of £1,500, to encourage employers to develop their business and take on new apprentices. The £1,500 is in addition to the training costs of the Apprenticeship framework which are met in full for young people aged 16 to 18 and 50% for those aged 19 to 24.  Eligible employers are those who have never employed an apprentice before or who have not started (Not employed) one in the last 12 months. The grant has been extended to 31 December 2013. To find out more, click here

Employer Comments

“The training provided helped bring employees up-to-date with IT. There was no pressure put upon them by the tutor and this helped them.”

“Mercia tailored the service to our needs. Training was provided at a time to suit us.”

“I have worked with Mercia for three years and they have always provided us with exactly what we wanted.”

“The training has given individuals a lift, which has in turn enhanced their ability to take on new tasks. It has promoted ‘learning life’ within our organisation”

Over 80% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive, and the current National Minimum Wage for an Apprentice is as little as £2.68 per hour (From 1st October 2013). To find out more about the benefits of apprenticeships for your company, click here.

Click to find out more about business benefits and learn what employers really say about apprenticeships

Apprenticeships available with Mercia

IT (User and Technician)
Teaching Assistants
Customer Service
Business Administration

However, if you have a group of people that need a different type of training we can usually organise support by drawing in appropriately experienced and qualified people. You can find out more by going to or by contacting Sandra Birchall here at Mercia: or 0151 289 0918

More information is available on the National Apprenticeship Service website or you can download a selection of their information packs below:

Myth Busting 16- 18 Year Old Apprentices.docx


Apprentice Vacancy Template

Last updated: September 2, 2015 at 13:17 pm