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Hire an Apprentice

Apprenticeships are an exciting option for both the apprentice and employer, and you can choose to hire someone new or upskill an existing employee using the scheme.

We're a recognised training provider of Apprenticeships with a Good Ofsted rating, varying in a range of industry sectors and Levels (2-5), proving an effective way to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled, and qualified workforce, bringing valuable skills into your business with the government's support

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Sunak to scrap SME co-investment for young apprentices

The government is set to scrap small and medium-sized employer (SME) co-investment payments for apprentices under the age of 22.

The benefits for your business

As an employer, you can adapt the apprentice's training according to the needs of your business. The apprentice is motivated to learn new skills and it is a great way to expand and upskill your workforce.

  • 86% of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation
  • 78% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve productivity
  • 74% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve the quality of their product or service

Financial incentives for employers

Employers may be eligble for £1,000 payment for for hiring an apprentice:

  • aged 16 to 18 years old
  • aged 19 to 24 with an education, health and care plan or who has been in the care of their local authority

The funding can go towards any costs associated with supporting an apprentice in the workplace.

Find out more about financial incentives for hiring a new apprentice or how apprenticeships are funded

CITB - Support for Apprenticeships

Download here to find out more about financial support available from CITB.

Funding an Apprenticeship

Funding for Apprenticeship

You will be required to set up a Digital Account and by creating an Apprenticeship Service Account, you'll be able to: 

  • Access and manage apprenticeship funding 
  • Set up and approve apprentices
  • Advertise roles on the Find an Apprenticeship service
  • Approve training costs
  • Check payments to training providers
  • Give training providers permission to carry out tasks on your behalf
  • Give feedback on apprenticeship training

How to create an account 

To create an account, you will need:

  • An email address
  • Permission to add your PAYE schemes to the account
  • Permission to accept the employer agreement on behalf of your organisation 

You will also need either the Government Gateway login for your organisation, or your accounts office reference number (AORN) and employer PAYE scheme reference number.

To create your account please following the Create an Account to Manage Apprenticeships link

How to register an account

Once the account is created you will need to follow these 3 steps: 

  1. Go to 'Your Training Provider' and select Lancaster & Morecambe College - our UK Employer Reference Number is 10003768 
  2. Set Permissions to allow for ‘add apprentice records’ and ‘recruit apprentices’
  3. Once logged in head to ‘Your Organisations and Agreements’
  • Add your organisation
  • Select ‘View all agreements’
  • Accept all agreements

Advertising your vacancies

Once you have registered on the apprenticeship service and have created your apprenticeship account you will be able to advertise your apprenticeship vacancies on the Find an Apprenticeship website.

To advertise a vacancy please complete our Apprenticeship Vacancy Form and our employer engagement team will be able to support you with the recruitment process. 

Employer responsibilities

You are responsible for:

  • giving your apprentice their contract of employment
  • paying your apprentice’s wage
  • signing an Apprenticeship Agreement

You will also need to create an Apprenticeship account, so that you’re able to receive funding to pay for Apprenticeship training and assessment costs.

You’ll use your account to:

  • get apprenticeship funding
  • find and save Apprenticeships
  • find, save and manage training providers
  • recruit apprentices
  • add and manage Apprenticeships

Levels of Apprenticeship available

Title Level Equivalent Education Level
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE Passes
Advanced 3 2 A Level Passes
Higher 4,5,6 and 7 Foundation Degree and Above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor's or Master's Degree


7 Easy Steps to Start an Accounting Apprenticeship

This AAT guide is a practical help in setting up an accounting apprenticeship for a financial role. As we walk you through the process, you’ll soon realise that whatever your organisation’s size, it’s not hard to do. By the time you’ve finished, you should have a clear idea of how to take action.

Read The Guide Here

Contact us

To hire an apprentice in conjunction with Lancaster & Morecambe College, please get in touch with our Employer Engagement Team via phone or email so that we can support you in: 

  • identifying a suitable Apprenticeship programme for your existing workforce, to enhance skills, knowledge & behaviours of current staff
  • recruiting an apprentice new to the business, opening up the Apprenticeship route within your business. 

Alternatively, complete the Business Callback Request Form below: