Looking To Recruit An Apprentice?


Designed by industry for industry!

Apprenticeships are a great way to develop new or existing employees. Recruiting an apprentice gives you the opportunity to train staff in the skills needed by your business. 

“96% of employers that take on an apprentice report benefits to their business.” 

Benefits include:

  • Cost effective way to develop a skilled and qualified workforce
  • Fill skills gaps and manage succession planning
  • Introduce new ideas to your organisation
  • Improve staff morale and retention
  • Apprentices are highly motivated, eager to learn and loyal
  • Much of the training is delivered ‘on the job’
  • Funding is available to support the cost of training*

We deliver the following Apprenticeships:

Name of Apprenticeship Level
Accounting Level 2,3 & 4
Beauty Therapy Level 2 & 3
Business Administration Level 2 & 3
Customer Service Level 2 & 3
Hairdressing Level 2 & 3
Health and Social Care Level 2 & 3
IT Software, Web and Telecoms  Level 2 & 3
Motor Vehicle  Maintenance and Repair  Level 2 & 3
Team Leading & Management Level 2 & 3
Warehousing and Storage  Level 2


What will the apprentice learn?

Much of the training will be undertaken ‘on the job’, supported by regular visits from a qualified assessor. The amount of time spent in college will depend on the apprenticeship, but will often be one day per week.

  • Competence element: Apprentices will evidence the skills they have developed whilst working in industry. This will be assessed in the workplace by our appointed assessor.
  • Knowledge element: Apprentices will consolidate ‘on the job’ learning through ‘off the job’ knowledge training. This will be taught ‘off the job’ at Totton College, at a training venue or your workplace.
  • Functional Skills: Apprentices will learn Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT. Some learners are exempt due to prior attainment.
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR): Apprentices will gain an introduction to the world of work and develop knowledge of employee rights & responsibilities, health & safety and equality & diversity.
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS): Apprentices will develop transferable skills: independent enquiry; creative thinking; reflective learning; team working; self-management; and effective participation. 

Do I need to employ the apprentice?

Yes. The apprentice will become a member of your staff and will require a contract of employment, working a minimum of 30 hours per week (including training/assessment). The minimum wage for an apprentice is £2.73 per hour (rising to £3.30 in October 2015), although many employers pay £150 - £200 per week. The apprentice minimum wage applies to those aged under 19, and for those 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. 

How do we help you?

Totton College offers recruitment support to enable you to find the right Apprentice for your business. Benefits of employing an apprentice:

  • Receive a £1500 grant if you have less than 50 employees and you recruit an apprentice aged 16 to 24 (subject to eligibility)

  • 90% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeship, with 71% staying with the same employer

  • 96% of businesses report benefits from their apprentices, with 70% of employers reporting that apprenticeships improved their productivity or the quality of their product or service

  • Totton College will appoint a Business Development Advisor to work with your company and complete an organisational needs analysis to identify the training solution that is right for your business

£1500 AGE 16 to 24 Grant for Employers

The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds (AGE 16 to 24) has already helped thousands of employers to grow their business by employing an apprentice.

The grant aims to support businesses to recruit an apprentice, where they would not otherwise be in a position to do so. To be eligible your business must have less than 50 employees in the UK and have not had an Apprentice start within the last 12 months. 

To confirm your eligibility and to find out more about Apprenticeships please contact the Business Development Team at Totton College.

For more information please call 
023 8042 7380 or email us.