Apprenticeships & Traineeships


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Apprentices can deliver real, measurable benefits – filling your skills gaps while boosting your
organisation’s efficiency and competitiveness. They are a cost-effective way to invest in your future
managers, increase business growth and attract new talent. Apprentices are widely regarded as
eager, reliable and loyal and you can develop them to meet your organisational objectives in line
with your own workplace procedures and systems.

An apprenticeship is a paid job with an accompanying skills development programme which allows
the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience through a mix of learning in
the workplace, formal ‘off-the-job’ training and the opportunity to practise and embed new skills in
a real work context. So, not only will you gain valuable experience you will also be learning and
studying and earning money at the same time.

Many Apprenticeship programmes have been designed by employers to meet employers’ needs for
a particular sector or job role to develop apprentices’ skills, knowledge, behaviours and formal
qualifications that the apprentice needs to acquire in order to become competent in their chosen
field and sector.

With apprenticeships you can:

  • Improve your organisation’s productivity and performance through better trained staff
  • Solve your staff recruitment and retention problems in an affordable way
  • Recruit to your own job specifications
  • Shape and mould a person to your own business requirements
  • Benefit from flexible training which dovetails with your working schedules and business

The length of the Apprenticeship programme will vary depending on the level and complexity of the
apprenticeship but may last from around 12-18 months dependent upon the industry, from things
like Customer Service or Business Admin to 18 months to 24 months for programmes such as a level
5 Operations/Departmental Manager programme.

Apprenticeships have become a government priority, not just as an avenue into work but also to
provide a vehicle for the transfer and development of skills.

As such, an effective programme can be put together for 5-5000 apprenticeships as a fully funded
project. ESP will work with each employer to design a program that delivers their requirements in a
format that is sensitive to the core activities of the business. The idea is to operate the programme
without creating any additional load and unnecessary bureaucracy. ESP provides a comprehensive
service that does all of this with the minimal of disruption.

Student feedback

“I have learnt a lot since I have been on this CSCS course I have got great knowledge and things I didn’t know which I do now I’m very pleased with myself. I have had a great week so far and I know next week will be also, I get along with all the lads and more than anything Jay does a smashing job.”

Dan Clark
“Had a good week on this course, learnt lots about health and safety in construction. Cannot wait to pass so I get my CSCS card to be on site. I have also told friends family and my coach trudi at the job centre to shout out and recommend ESP . They are polite, very helpful and you get your card with level 1 health and safety certificate what more can you ask for.”

“I found the course to be well informed, with clear and concise instruction. The books are easy to follow. Comfortable and warm environment, pleasant staff and good facilities.”


Apprenticeship FAQ’s

What level of apprenticeship programmes are available?2019-08-01T14:39:33+00:00

There are apprenticeship opportunities available at Level 2, Level 3, Level 4 and Level 5. The level you complete will depend on your previous qualifications, job role and experience. An apprenticeship can take between one to four years to complete depending on level, ability and industry area.

Do you want to use Apprenticeships to upgrade qualifications, skills or knowledge of an existing workforce?2019-08-01T14:39:31+00:00

An Apprenticeship Programme can be utilised to introduce compliance standards or an enterprise wide decision to ensure that the entire workforce is above a minimum level. For example, within our professional and management programmes our team leader/supervisor programme will develop communication skills with colleagues and customers and enable you to enhance your written and verbal skills. You will deal with project management and the handling of finance and operational plans, as well as gaining knowledge and understanding about Leading People, Managing People, Building Relationships, Self-Awareness, Management of Self, Problem Solving and Decision Making.

Are you expanding or resourcing for a period of growth?2019-08-01T14:39:31+00:00

Apprenticeships and Traineeships are an ideal resource to utilise as a way of increasing the size of an existing workforce and ensuring a standardised level of skills, behaviours and knowledge.

How much work is involved in setting this up?2019-08-01T14:39:31+00:00

ESP does all the work for you. We take on the running of the program and provide all the education expertise required. We find the learners or enrol members of your existing workforce. We do the regular assessments and ensure all the paperwork is compliant. ‘Low impact’ Courses to negate personnel being away from site (all assessments done on-site)

Is there alot of paperwork involved in running these programmes?2019-08-01T14:39:29+00:00

Not with ESP! Our business model takes away all the headache of running these schemes. Initially, there is a period of consultation to ensure that the programme will meet all the requirements of the business, and then its left to us to deliver it. We arrange all the funding to cover the cost of running the courses, we prepare all the initial and ongoing paperwork for each Trainee or Apprentice and we are available continuously to address any issues that arise.

Where does the funding come from?2019-08-01T14:39:29+00:00

ESP is registered and approved by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and has access to government funding for approved programmes that we deliver for employers in conjunction with colleges as our integrated partners. The Government’s focus is to get the unemployed into work and to increase the skills and knowledge of those already in work. The lead programme that is sponsored by the government is labelled ‘Apprenticeships’, but the term itself in this context can often be misleading. An ‘Apprentice’ can equally apply to a 16 year old who wants to work in Business Administration or a 46 year old who wants to advance his/her qualifications in their present job or learn new skills.

What is a traineeship?2019-08-01T14:39:29+00:00

A Traineeship is for learners in the 19-24 age category who may be enthusiastic about a career but don’t hold the qualifications or employability skills required to enter that career. In most cases a traineeship leads to an apprenticeship and can be achieved quite quickly, normally less than 6-10 weeks. A Trainee may retain their benefits and are eligible to be offered a paid Apprenticeship at anytime during the programme.

Why would I want to get involved with apprenticeships?2019-08-01T14:39:29+00:00

The Apprenticeship programme gets people into jobs, it expands an existing workforce or can be used to upskill an existing one. It’s a government funded programme so all the costs of running the apprenticeship are covered.

Who is an apprentice?2019-08-01T14:39:24+00:00

An Apprentice can be anyone over 16 either new to the business or is an existing employee that wants to gain a qualification. ESP can source Apprentices to start an Apprenticeship Programme or to first start a Traineeship that leads into Apprenticeship.

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