Skills and Apprenticeships

Good businesses know they need a motivated and well-trained workforce to cope with everyday challenges.

You want young, enthusiastic talent that you can mould and develop for your business? The answer: hire an apprentice. A growing number of companies are doing so, with 96 per cent of businesses reporting benefits from their apprentices.

Employers who have not taken on an apprentice in the last year may be eligible to receive a £1,500 grant.

A traineeship is a training programme with work experience that unlocks the great potential of young people and prepares them for their future careers by helping them to become 'work ready'.

At its core are English and maths qualifications and a high quality work experience placement giving 16-24 year olds the skills and experience that employers are looking for, helping them secure an apprenticeship or other job in the future.

Business is Great - Taking on an Apprentice or Trainee has lots of useful information for employers about apprenticeships and traineeships.

Apprenticeship Grants - Employers Fact Sheet provides more information about £1500 grants for small and medium-sized employers taking on apprentices.

National Apprenticeship Service is a great resource for both employers and young people, with information about types of apprenticeship, employing apprentices and how to get help and advice.

Strode College has a dedicated Business Development Unit that helps employers match their needs to courses so they can increase workforce skills.

Frome Community College - Apprenticeships is working with Frome Town Council on a 'Next Steps' project to increase the number of apprenticeship opportunities in the Frome area.