Find out how an Apprenticeship can help your business grow
and provide your employees with the skills and training
they need to progress.

Business Benefits

An Apprenticeship allows people to work and train at the same time and is a great way to give your business a competitive edge. As a business, you can select a standard course that is relevant to the job requirements and provides your employees with the skills and training they need to progress.

The introduction of the apprenticeship levy and the move to employer-led standards have put businesses in the driving seat. More control of funding, the chance to collaborate on new standards as a Trailblazer, and the introduction of higher and degree apprenticeships mean that there has never been a better or more exciting time to consider apprenticeships.

69% of employers say that employing apprentices improved staff retention.

For the apprentice, apprenticeships offer the chance to gain valuable skills, higher earning potential and improved life chances. Higher and degree apprenticeships allow apprentices to gain university-level qualifications while working. There is no limit to how high and how far an apprentice can go.

Useful resources


Apprenticeship Vacancies

See the current vacancies, curated for Swindon and Wiltshire.

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The Learning Hub

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Talent Development

Our guide to Apprenticeships


Apprenticeship levy and transfers

If you’re a levy paying employer, Higher Futures can take a look holistically at your business needs and advise on how you spend your levy money. What is the levy?


If you’re a levy paying employer, you can transfer some of your money to another company(s) to fund an apprentice through their training. Further guidance on transferring unused apprenticeship funds to other employers can be found on the website.

Apprenticeships for small businesses

If you’re looking to take on an apprentice for the first time, there is guidance available on the government website. If you’d like more information on what is available locally contact the Growth Hub Skills Support team.

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What is available; how much do apprenticeships cost?

There are hundreds of apprenticeship standards / trailblazers available which have been designed by employers and training providers, the full list can be found here.

If you’d like to know what the most up to date standards are or which standards will be going live in the near future, contact our Skills Support team.

The government will fund apprenticeship training up to a maximum funding band. Funding bands / costs for apprenticeships range from £1,500 to £27,000.

Recruiting an apprentice

If you’re looking to take on an apprentice for the first time, there is guidance available on the government website. If you’d like more information on what support is available locally - contact our Skills Support team.

Local training providers can be found via the government website. If you’d like Higher Futures to gain more detail on the training providers listed or more information around their offer (delivery, content, costs) we can compare this all for you and present you with the options.

Become an apprenticeship training provider

The register of apprenticeship training providers is a list of organisations that are eligible to receive government funding to train apprentices.

There are a few things you need to consider before becoming a registered apprenticeship training provider.

  • Choose an application route.
  • Check your eligibility.
  • Read the application guidance to check you have everything you need.
  • Apply using the Department for Education portal (Bravo).

This useful guide provides all the information if you want to register as a provider.

Upskill your workforce through apprenticeships

Apprenticeships can be used to upskill new members of your team as well as the existing workforce. There are a range of levels available starting from level 2 (GCSE equiv.) to level 7 (Masters). Talk to our Skills Support team about the options available

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Achieving the benefits of apprenticeships - A guide for employers

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Employer's Journey to Apprenticeships

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