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An apprenticeship is a employment position where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you’ll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.

It can take between one and 6 years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience. It’s funded from contributions made by the government and your employer.

What apprenticeship levels are available?

Each apprenticeship has a level and an equivalent education level. You can start an apprenticeship at any level. 

Depending on the level, some apprenticeships may:

  • require previous qualifications such as an English or maths GCSE
  • give extra training in the English or maths skills needed so you’re at the right level

At the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent education level. For example, if you complete a level 3 apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent of three A-Levels.

Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A levels
Higher 4 and 5 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or master’s degree
Why apprenticeships?

You can now enrol Apprentices at different stages of their careers, from school leavers to staff who want to complete additional training to support their career advancement at any level of a business. They can even be used to train and develop people into new employment sectors if they fancy a change of career. An Apprentice can be any age between 16 and 66 – there’s an apprenticeship course for everyone!

As an SME employer, you can access 95% of an apprenticeship’s delivery costs through government funding. If your organisation employs over 250 people, then it’s highly likely you’ve paid a Government levy which will cover the costs of apprenticeship training already. TTI will provide impartial advice and are happy to complete a no-obligation training needs consultation to understand the requirements of your business and give you solutions which meet those needs. At TTI we believe in working in partnership with you to create bespoke delivery options which suit your business model and needs, wherever possible.

What is the apprenticeship levy?

The Apprenticeships Levy is a payment that will be collected from large employers in both the public and the private sectors. Business with a wage bill of more than £3 million are mandated to pay a levy and this is collected on a monthly basis. Your Financial Director will know if you are a levy paying business or not.

The payment is made to the HMRC through PAYE returns. The purpose of the levy is to encourage employers to invest in apprenticeship programmes and to raise additional funds to improve both the quality and quantity of apprenticeships. The Apprenticeships Levy funds are managed through a company’s Digital Account Service (DAS). We will offer support if you have not used the DAS before and need some guidance to help you set this up.

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What is the digital apprenticeship service?

The Digital Apprenticeship Service is the government portal for employers to find, fund, and manage apprenticeship programmes. Launching in 2017 as the Digital Apprenticeship Service, it has since been renamed the Apprenticeship Service.

Employers login to the Apprenticeship Service to manage apprenticeships and Training Providers.

What is off-the-job training?

Off-the-job training is a really important aspect of an apprenticeship standard, it is a funding requirement from the ESFA that all apprentices need to complete 20% off-the-job training. This is calculated using the apprentices total contracted hours over the duration of the apprenticeship for example if an apprentice was contracted 40 hours a week completing an apprenticeship in 12 months, that person should be completing 6-7 hours a week off-the-job training. It is important that an employer allows the apprentice time to complete OTJ training during the apprentices normal working hours.

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Benefits to employers








01. Training Needs Consultation

We work with you to fully understand the values, aims, and strategies of your organisation and what skills and qualities you are looking for in an Apprentice.

02. Recruitment

We will work with you to identify potential apprentices within your organisation. We can also help you to find apprentices externally, using our specialist Talent Scouts.

03. High Quality Training

We will identify and deliver the right apprenticeship programme for your organisation and staff development needs.


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What Our Learners Say

Daniel Jones – Junior Content Producer Apprentice

‘I’m really enjoying the Apprenticeship and I am learning a lot that I can apply to job role as a Marketer. My specialist tutor Ian is also really engaging and is always available if I have questions. I fully recommend The Training Initiative!’

What Our Employers Say

Ian Hallam – Managing Director, ELTA

‘The Training Initiative provided us with a cost-effective means to introduce new skill-sets to the organisation. Naturally, as the youngest member of our team, Elliot (our apprentice) brings a younger perspective, fresh thinking and a new set of skills to our well-established team.’

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