Apprenticeship Levy

We are delighted to announce the Appris has successfully tendered with the Department for Education for the delivery of apprenticeships to Levy paying employers.

Employers with a payroll in excess of £3m per year will soon be able to search for Appris using the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) and view the range of apprenticeships on offer.

If you meet this criteria but not yet registered, please contact us as soon as possible.

2017 Engineering Recruitment Drive

Recruiting apprentices is happening earlier each year now, with employers such as Network Rail and BT already posting their vacancies online. We want to capture the best applicants for your apprenticeship needs, so we’re interviewing from this month onwards.

Please be sure to return the attached Company Recruitment Form for your 2017 requirements, especially if you plan to use our Engineering Training Centre in Bradford. Spaces on certain courses have limited availability or are oversubscribed quickly.

Just some of the new apprenticeship standards we will be delivering for 2017 include – Human Resources, Team Leader, Operations / Departmental Manager, Large Goods Vehicle Driver.

Additionally, these courses can be delivered commercially available outside of apprenticeship requirements:

  • BTEC Level 4 Diploma HNC (mechanical and electrical pathways)
  • BTEC Level 5 Diploma HND (mechanical and electrical pathways)
  • City & Guilds 17th Edition
  • City & Guilds Inspection, Testing and Verification of Electrical Installations (2394&95)
  • 3-Day Basic Electrical Training for Mechanical Engineers
  • 3-Day Basic Mechanical Maintenance for Electrical Engineers

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please speak to your Training Advisor or Dean Coleman-Walker, Business Development Adviser, on 01274 668149 or 07809 496643

Members Benefits

As a not for profit, registered charity, Appris is governed by a membership of employers who recruit apprentices.  As such, there are a number of benefits Member Companies can access, including:

Membership Fees

For employers recruiting apprentices, the following fees apply for each year they remain in learning:

  • Yearly membership fee of £250 for companies with 20 or more employees
  • Free for micro businesses with less than 20 staff

For micro businesses without apprentices, a yearly fee of £50 will apply in order to access the benefits of being a Member.

Short Course Discounts

10% discount to Members on all Health & Safety and Electrical course costs (excluding awarding body and exam fees where applicable).  This discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

Facility Hire

15% discount on room hire to all Members in relation to any business or social event that the company wishes to hold.

Free Apprentice Recruitment

We pride ourselves on being on employer-led training provider. We offer a free recruitment process, including working with schools and stakeholders to promote the engineering and manufacturing  sector to young people, test & interview candidates as part of a screening process and provide advice and guidance to both employer and candidate to create the next generation of skilled workers.

Annual General Meeting

All Members are invited to the Annual General Meeting held in January each year, which gives your opportunity to meet  staff and other Member Companies.

Payment by invoice/increased credit limit

All  Member Companies have the benefit of payment on account and are not required to provide payment in advance for short courses and other commercial business.

If you’d like to find out more about your particular company, sector, and region’s funding options, contact Dean Coleman-Walker, Business Development Advisor on 01274 668149 or email d.coleman-walker@appris.co.uk.

Apprenticeship Frameworks

Designed by employers for employers, an Apprenticeship is a work based learning programme, through this programme you can train both your existing staff and any new employees that you are thinking of recruiting. All apprentices follow an approved ‘Apprenticeship Framework’.

This Apprenticeship Framework consists of the following:

  • A National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) is assessed in the workplace by carrying out observations, professional discussions and producing evidence to prove the apprentice is working to a high level within their job role.
  • A Technical Certificate contains the essential, generic background knowledge and understanding for a range of common work roles and understanding of the personal and interpersonal skills required to work effectively.
  • Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT address the personal development of an individual in these specific areas.  Note, ICT Functional Skills is not required in some frameworks where the use of information technology is limited or not required.
  • ERR (Employee Rights and Responsibilities) – This covers vital legislation such as Health & Safety, data protection and discrimination, responsibilities and rights at work and other key policies and procedures to an apprentices job role.
  • PLTS (Personal Learning and Thinking Skills) – These are generic skills that are essential to life, learning and work. There are 6 PLTS: independent enquiry, creative thinking, reflective learning, team working, self-managing and effective participation.

Apprenticeships are available at the following levels:

  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeships (Level 2)
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeships (Level 3)
  • Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4 or 5)

If you would like more information about how to take on an apprentice, please contact Dean Coleman-Walker, Business Development Advisor on 01274 668149 or email d.coleman-walker@appris.co.uk.

Cost to You

The cost of the apprenticeship training delivered by Appris is met by the Government through the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). The following provides an overview of the pricing structure for apprenticeship programmes based on the learner’s age, additional training, and taking into account Government policy and current funding rules.


Engineering 16-18 19+  (50% Employer contribution)
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Improving Operational Performance No Employer contribution £500
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture No Employer contribution £1500
Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture No Employer contribution £3000 at start of year 1, £1500 at start of year 2
Advanced Apprenticeship with full time, additional off the job training in year 1. £2500 contribution as this is over and above framework requirements £4500 at start of year 1, £2000 at start of year 2

NOTE: Learners 19+ costs can be reduced further should they have already achieved elements of the framework, i.e. PEO units or technical certificate.


Business Support Level 16-18 19+  (Employer contribution)
Business & Administration, Customer Services or Marketing Intermediate Apprenticeship No Employer contribution £250
Advanced Apprenticeship No Employer contribution £500


Logistics Level 16-18 19+ (Employer contribution)
Warehousing & Storage, Supply Chain Management or Logistics Operations Intermediate Apprenticeship No Employer contribution £250
Advanced Apprenticeship No Employer contribution £500

Contact Dean Coleman-Walker, Business Development Advisor on 01274 668149 or email d.coleman-walker@appris.co.uk to discuss further.  We are able to give advice on any additional funding you may be eligible, including local and national AGE grant funding for recruiting new apprentices.

The following links are useful resources when considering employing an apprentice:

National minimum wage and apprentice rates detailed at the .GOV.UK website


Apprenticeship agreements detailed on the .gov.uk website


Get your apprenticeship rights straight CIPD People Management Magazine


How to avoid employment law problems : Apprenticeships


Acas – employing young people