Apprentices - Oldham College

Are you a business owner considering taking on an apprentice, but yet to take the plunge? Are you concerned about the responsibility of providing training, ensuring workplace integration, or monitoring performance? As a busy business manager, do you simply not have the time to research and register with an Apprenticeship Training Provider? Are you unsure about funding options, insurance contributions or training time entitlements?

Oldham College is experienced in and committed to building long-term relationships with employers offering apprenticeships. We understand the administrative, logistical and developmental challenges that offering apprenticeships sometimes pose, yet we confidently work alongside employers to create a bespoke apprenticeship programme that is mutually beneficial, for apprentice and employer.

Hiring apprentices is an effective way for business to nurture talent and develop a motivated, skilled and appropriately qualified workforce. Employers with an established apprenticeship programme have reported increased productivity, greater employee satisfaction, reduced staff turnover, lower recruitment costs, increased long-term security and more.

Large employers, with an annual wage bill of +£3million, must pay an Government Apprenticeship Levy from 6th April 2017. We provide ongoing and high-quality guidance on the Apprenticeship Levy, designed to create more than three million apprenticeships by 2020. The levy will give employers control of their training and agree a total price for each apprenticeship, including the costs of training and assessment.

Our service includes additional advice on how best to allocate funding to maximise both the personal development of the apprentice, as well as the results output for the business.

72%
of businesses report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice.
57%
report a high proportion of their apprentices going on to management positions within the company.