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Apprenticeships allow you to bring new talent through the ranks and train your team with the skills they need to help your business succeed. This page gives you information about the benefits of apprenticeships, how they work and some really useful links for more information.

To view the latest apprenticeship opportunities in D2N2 click here.

The Advantages of Having an Apprentice

Thousands of businesses around the country are taking on apprentices. These opportunities could:

  • Grow your business and solve recruitment challenges while keeping staff costs down
  • Breed creativity and enthusiasm with new talent, or retain and upskill current staff
  • Provide training that’s tailored to the needs and requirements of your business - learning can even be done in your workplace, minimising disruption and maximising impact
  • Free up your existing workforce so they can do what they do best
  • Build up strong employee loyalty
  • Increase the chances maintaining highly skilled staff

Offering young people apprenticeships gives your business the chance to play an active role in moulding your future workforce and creating the future skills you need to help your business grow.

Investing in apprentices is a cost effective way of growing talent, with government funding available to employers. Apprenticeships are quality assured with an array of approved providers ensuring that apprentices start contributing to your business as quickly as possible with minimum hassle.

The Numbers

  • The average apprenticeship completer increases business productivity by £214 per week.
  • 82% of employers take on apprentices to build the skills capacity within their businesses.
  • 96% of apprentice employers say they are beneficial to their business.
  • 87% of employers said they were satisfied with the programme
  • 76% say that productivity has improved and
  • 75% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service.
  • The CIPD found that apprenticeships can create a more engaged workforce, with 92% of employers who employ apprentices saying that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.
  • Investing in an apprenticeshipsInvesting in an apprentice will give you a good return on your investment. The annual net profit to a business can be over £1,300 per apprentice, according to BT. The IMI and UKCES also found that businesses can get 150% to 300% ROI from apprentices; a gain of £1.50 to £3 for every £1

What is an Apprenticeship and How it Works

Download the Employer Guide to Apprenticeships

In the News



View the latest news from the East Midlands Apprenticeships Ambassador Network

Gedling business wins international award for work with apprentices


Drury Joinery Services won the award in the Micro-Enterprise category at the European Alliance for Apprenticeship event in Brussels. Their success is all the more impressive as they were the only UK winner from the 12 categories. The award was presented to them by Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke last week at the council’s civic centre. The award recognises the achievements of Drury Joinery Services over a 15 year period in successfully supporting apprentices to develop their skills and reach their full potential.


Links to Further Information

High-quality training providers help you with the entire process: recruiting an apprentice, customising a training programme, accessing funding, and much, much more. We suggest finding a local training provider first as they can guide you through the full process making it simple and hassle free.

  • Introduction
  • Terms, conditions and pay
  • Employers and apprenticeships: things to check
  • Funding for your apprenticeship
  • Apprenticeships in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • Further support and information

Other Links


Contact our team for free impartial information about apprenticeships

Sample Case Studies

Get In Go Far - Employer comments

“Our apprentices have been a huge asset to the company: they allow us to take control of our recruitment and grow our own talent.”
- Pickford Move Management Limited

“Apprentices have transformed our workplace culture with their enthusiasm, ideas and high levels of engagement.”
- Yorkshire Housing

“Almost two-thirds of our apprentices are still with the business a decade later.”
- Mercedes Benz UK

“With the current skills gap, particularly in engineering, we passionately believe that apprenticeships are essential to encourage, develop and engage as our leaders of the future.”
- Highways England

“As an SME, offering apprenticeships has been a key factor in our business growth.”
- Gingernut Media


  1. National Apprenticeship Service ‘Employer Guide to Apprenticeships’
  2. Get in Go Far
  3. Government - Key facts about apprenticeships
  4. Derby City Council - Employers Guide to Apprenticeships