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 these criteria but have not yet registered, please contact us as soon as possible.

2018 Engineering Recruitment Drive

From January 2018 we will open our recruitment process for the September intake.  To access our bank of pre-tested applicants, be sure to return the attached Company Recruitment Form, especially if you plan to use our Engineering Training Centre in Bradford. Spaces on certain courses have limited availability or become oversubscribed quickly.

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


As a not-for-profit, registered charity, Appris is governed by a membership of employers, whereby a nominal subscription fee is required.

Recruitment Fees

For those recruiting apprentices, the following fees apply:

  • Free of charge for employers recruiting a 16-18 year old apprentice.
  • Free of charge for employers who have self-recruited or already employing the apprentice.
  • For employers recruiting an apprentice 19 and over, there will be a charge of £500 per apprentice.

Apprentice Recruitment

We pride ourselves on being a specialist, employer-led, training provider. Our recruitment process includes working with schools and stakeholders to promote engineering and manufacturing to potential candidates.  These applicants are tested, screened and interviewed to creating a detailed candidate profile for employers to interview directly.

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.

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 or direct debit and are not required to provide payment in advance for short courses and other commercial business.

If you’d like to find out more, contact Dean Coleman-Walker, Business Development Advisor on 01274 668149 or email

Apprenticeship Standards

We are currently developing a portfolio of Apprenticeship Standards that are new or replacing existing Apprenticeship Frameworks.  Contact Dean Coleman-Walker at to discuss the following new Apprenticeship Standards:

Human Resources (Level 5) – HR Consultant/Partner – Under Development

Human Resources (Level 3) – HR Support – Under Development

Leadership & Management (Level 3) – Team Leader/Supervisor

Leadership & Management (Level 5) – Operations/Departmental

Logistics & Supply Chain (Level 2) – Warehousing Operative

Specialist Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) Driver

Business, Management & Administration (Level 3) – Business Administrator – Under Development

Business, Management & Administration (Level 2) – Business Improvement Technician – Under Development

Customer Service Practitioner (Level 2) – Customer Service Practitioner

Engineering Design and Draughtsperson


Advanced Manufacturing (Level 3) – Machinist

Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician 

Welding (Level 2) – Welder

Welding (Level 3) – Multi Positional Welder

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

Cost to You

All Apprenticeship Levy employers will utilise their online digital account to pay for the learner’s apprenticeship.

Non-Apprenticeship levy paying employers, and levy paying employers with insufficient funds must co-invest 10% of the agreed training cost up to the maximum value of the funding band and 100% where this is above the funding band.  You will need to invoice employers separately for any employer co-investment, including any VAT.

The only exceptions to employer co-investment are for:

  • English and maths to achieve the required government standard
  • where the employer qualifies for small employer support
  • any learning support

Where employers access government funded co-investment for the apprenticeship, employers must make a financial contribution of 10% by payment up front, or agree a payment plan of monthly or quarterly invoicing.

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 website

Get your apprenticeship rights straight CIPD People Management Magazine

How to avoid employment law problems : Apprenticeships

Acas – employing young people

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