Impact of Covid-19 on apprenticeships

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Taking on an apprentice

More and more companies are turning to apprenticeships as a way of training their future workforce or upskilling their staff.

There are many benefits to employing apprentices.

  • 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.

Visit the Worcestershire Apprenticeships website for more information on how to recruit an apprentice.

Malvern Hills apprenticeship grants

We want to promote a highly skilled workforce through apprenticeships which support and challenge individuals.

To help you with the cost of taking on an apprentice, we offer a £1,000 grant, per apprentice you recruit. Each business can receive a maximum of two grants, as long as they meet the criteria.

Qualifying criteria

To be considered for a grant you must meet the following criteria:

  • Your business must be based in Malvern Hills District
  • You must employ fewer than 250 people
  • Your apprentice must be between 16 and 24-years-old
  • Your apprentice cannot have been employed by you before
  • You cannot have had an apprentice within the last 12 months
  • You must be providing an approve apprenticeship
  • You must pay at least the minimum wage for apprentices

Who can apply for an apprenticeship grant?

Applications from any business employing fewer than 250 people are welcome, but we prioritise applications from companies in the following sectors:

  • engineering and manufacturing
  • IT/cyber
  • agriculture technologies and horticulture (agri-tech)
  • hospitality 
  • construction

More information

For more information about our grant scheme contact Christine Butler on 01684 862183 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applying for an apprenticeship

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 or call 0300 666 3 666.

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