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Would you like young, enthusiastic talent that you can develop for your business? Hire an apprentice - a growing number of companies are doing so, with 96% of businesses reporting benefits from their apprentices.

The business benefits for companies are enormous:

  • 72% of businesses report improved productivity
  • Apprenticeships are a tried and tested way to recruit new staff and re-train or upskill existing staff or people returning to your business after a break.
  • Learning can often be done in your workplace, meaning minimal disruption.
  • They help you tackle skill shortages in your business.
  • They can be tailored to specific job roles, making them flexible to the needs of your business.
  • They can bring new, creative ideas to your business.
  • They provide a strong foundation to your staff base and show your commitment to the future development of your business.
  • Hiring an apprentice can encourage a culture of learning.
  • There is funding available to support apprenticeship programmes within your business.
  • They are good for your corporate social responsibility.

For more information about apprenticeships and how to recruit, contact worcsapprenticeships.org.uk

Malvern Hills apprenticeship grants

Malvern Hills wants to promote a highly skilled workforce through apprenticeships which support and challenge individuals. We have joined forces with Worcestershire Training Provider Association to help more local businesses employ apprentices. We offer a grant of £1,000 per apprentice, with a maximum of two grants available for any one business, subject to qualifying criteria.

Our grant prioritises applications from businesses operating in the engineering and manufacturing, IT/cyber, agriculture technologies and horticulture (agri-tech), hospitality and construction sectors. We are flexible on these sectors and are keen to talk to all businesses employing fewer than 250 employees considering taking on an apprentice.

To qualify – the business must be located in Malvern Hills and your apprentice must be aged between 16 – 24 years, not previously employed by you. You must not have had an apprentice within the previous 12 months, must be providing an approved apprenticeship, and also be paying at least the minimum wage for apprentices.

For further information about the Malvern Hills grant scheme contact Christine Butler 01684 862183, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Apprenticeships allow you to combine work with studying for qualifications to help further your career. You can continue your education up to degree level, receive paid for training, earn money and gain skills that employers want. They are for anyone aged 16 or over, including people who have been to university. Apprenticeships offer many advantages over university including:

  • Debt free – you earn while you learn so you can avoid being saddled with tens of thousands of pounds worth of debt
  • Likely to lead to a career with your employer – you will already have experience of doing the job meaning you have an advantage over university leavers
  • Real alternative - they give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification

To become an apprentice you must be aged 16 or over and not be in full-time education. Apprentices will earn at least £3.90 an hour – some employers often pay more than this. All apprenticeships are at least 12 months long and are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher (degree) level.

Levels of apprenticeship



Equivalent educational level

Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A level
Higher 4,5,6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor's or master's degree

You can choose from thousands of vacancies in a range of industries, from engineering and nursing to law, design and gardening. More information on apprenticeships for both employers and individuals is available at www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk or call 0300 666 3 666.

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