Businesses within the SEMLEP area can benefit from ESF funding until 31 March 2019 that has been ear-marked to help SMEs to develop their workforce through Apprenticeships.

The support includes:

  • Helping with finding new recruits
  • Getting your current staff ready to start an Apprenticeship
  • Free advertising for your vacancies
  • An opportunity to gain profile through our Apprenticeship Ambassador scheme.

The project supports a range of sector-specific training courses that can get your team Apprenticeship-ready and better placed to meet your skills needs. It can also help with;

  • Employability skills
  • Maths and English.

New rules on Apprenticeship funding

The government aims to boost productivity in the UK by investing in training 3 million new apprentices by 2020. Funding rules have been simplified and some new incentives for employers are now available:

Small businesses* will only fund 10% of the cost of training an apprentice (with government funding of 90%)

Small businesses that train an apprentice aged 16-18 will pay nothing towards the cost of training (with government funding of 100%). This also applies if the apprentice is aged 19-24 and formerly in care or if they have an Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP)

In addition, all employers will receive a one-off payment of £1,000 for training an apprentice aged 16-18 (and 19-24 if the apprentice was formerly in care or has an Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP)

All apprentices are expected to attain a basic level of maths and English (at Level 1 or 2). The cost of this training will be funded by the government with no contribution from the employer.

Northampton College can help...

We currently provide a wide range of Apprenticeships across a number of key sectors. We worked with over 800 businesses and delivered around 1,100 Apprenticeships during the last year. We can help you with:

Help and advice

You could start with a free, no obligation review of your training requirements carried out by one of our Business Centre advisors. They will conduct a Training Needs Analysis and advise you on the best Apprenticeship frameworks and standards for your team.

Recruiting new staff

We can help if you have roles that you need to fill by advertising your vacancies free of charge and helping match candidates to your specific requirements.

Preparing your existing staff ready

If you have team members who are not yet ready to start an Apprenticeship, we offer a range of sector-specific training courses, as well as maths and English, to put them on the right track.

Contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 01604 734323.

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*Employing fewer than 50 people

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