Apprentice support for local business

Apprentice and employer

Worcester City Council in its City Plan 2016 - 2021 has set out a vision to increase the number of Apprenticeships, increase the number of high value jobs and to have a highly qualified workforce, with the experience and qualifications city employers need.

Motivated and keen apprentices can help make your organisation be more productive and competitive, by reinvigorating the workforce and addressing your skills gap directly.

Worcester City Council works in partnership with Worcestershire Apprenticeships to support young people seeking apprentices and businesses seeking an apprentice.  The Worcestershire Apprenticeship Hub provides services for young people, parents and employers to encourage the growth of apprenticeship opportunities and increase the number of young people becoming apprentices in Worcestershire.

Support for Apprentices

The Worcestershire Apprenticeship Hub can help you to find an Apprenticeship with an employer and training provider that suits your needs. The Hub will help you understand the opportunities available, apply for vacancies, prepare for interviews and access an Apprenticeship.

The Clearing House will support young people in their application who are finding it difficult to get an Apprenticeship.

Support for Business

Worcestershire Apprenticeship Hub

The Worcestershire Apprenticeship Hub makes Apprenticeships easy for small and medium-sized businesses across the Worcestershire area.  They provide you with information relevant to your business and offer an impartial referral service to the right training provider who will help you to recruit and develop your apprentice.

Worcester City Council Apprenticeship Grant

Small and medium size businesses based in the Worcester City Council area can apply for a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of hiring an Apprentice.

Priority will be given to businesses operating in:

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Cyber Security/IT/Defence
  • Visitor and Destination Economy
  • Construction.

Other knowledge based sectors such as advertising and marketing, consultancy and legal and financial services will be considered.

Eligible businesses must provide an approved apprenticeship and not had an Apprentice within the previous 12 months. 

The Apprentice must:-

  • be aged 16-24 years
  • reside in the Worcester City postcode area
  • not previously employed by the business.

For further information see the grant scheme information sheet or contact Kim Cook at Worcestershire Apprenticeships - telephone 07917 631342 or email

Apprenticeship Levy

From 2017, the government is introducing a new apprenticeship levy that will have financial implications for businesses of any size.  In particular, large employers with a pay bill over £3 million will have to pay an annual apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of their PAYE bill, which can only be recouped when they employ and train apprentices.
The levy will be collected monthly by HMRC through the payroll system so any employer who has a payroll bill over £250k in any one month will pay the levy

Businesses will also receive a £15,000 annual allowance and an additional contribution of 10% on their monthly levy allocation.

For more information see the apprenticeship levy information sheet or visit