Employing an apprentice

Apprenticeships bring considerable value to organisations, employers, individuals and the economy. Over 200 different types of apprenticeships are available offering more than 1,200 roles. Apprentices boost the bottom line of businesses, attract consumers and 80% of employers agree that apprenticeships make their workplace more productive and offer cost effective support for businesses.

The National Apprenticeship Scheme

The National Apprenticeship Service supports and co-ordinates the delivery of apprenticeships throughout England and are responsible for increasing the number of apprenticeship opportunities. They provide a dedicated, responsive service for both employers and learners, and simplify the process of recruiting an apprentice through their online apprenticeship vacancies system.

For further information on the support and advice available visit The National Apprenticeship Service, telephone 08000 150 600.

If you are a Cheshire East company and need further information on Apprenticeships and the Apprenticeship Levy, visit the Skills and Growth website* or email Skills and Growth.

Cheshire East Council has worked to increase the number of apprentices in the organisation.

During the first year of the Apprenticeship Levy (2017-2018), 93 staff took up an apprenticeship at the council. 57 of these were existing staff and 36 were new starters.

Apprenticeships at the council
 Number of employees and apprentices2016-17 (before levy)2017-18 (after levy) 
Number of employees at Cheshire East Council. (This includes all staff working at either the council, in maintained schools and in ASDVs (excluding ESAR).  7,356  7,158
Number of apprentices  21  93
Percentage of workforce that is an apprentice. 0.29% 1.3%

 * - Services provided by the Skills and Growth Company are now delivered in-house by the Council.