Traineeships and Study Programmes.

If you are willing to support a young person aged 16 to 24 with a work placement to improve their confidence and introduce them to the real world of business, why not work with us on offer a Study Programme or Traineeship Programme?  By doing this, you can provide a young person with valuable work experience, help build their confidence and show them the real world of business, while we will offer training on their employability and communication skills, as well as any support they may need with their English and Maths skills.

Offering traineeships in your business can have a variety of benefits not only for the young person concerned but also your fellow colleagues and your public image:

  • There is no cost to you to offer a traineeship as the training is funded by the government.
  • Cost effective way to recruit your future employees.
  • You can train the person how you wish to and they will grow, learning your company ways and ethos.
  • The opportunity for another member of your team to become a mentor and develop their own skills.
  • Improving your retention rate of staff by showing your confidence in them to become a mentor.
  • You’ll be seen as giving something back to your local community by working with unemployed young people in the area.

For more information on offering a traineeship programme in your business you can contact Aspire Training Team on 01202 551553 or email


We offer apprenticeships in childcare, health and social care, business administration, team leading and management and we can help recruit the right apprentices for you.

In order to take on an apprentice, you will need to offer them full-time employment and some of your time.

For more information on grants that might be available to your business, the benefits of taking on an apprentice and our 5-step plan to recruiting your apprentice, please see below.

Training your staff

We offer recognised training qualifications in childcare, adult care and business administration and we can train your staff for you.

To see the full list of courses we provide at Aspire Training Team please click here.

The award-winning Aspire Training Team, with their ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted results, offer quality mentorship that guarantees results higher than the national average.

Funding: Grants for Employers

£1,500 grant now available for small businesses taking on an apprentice for the first time.

The Government has realised that there is a national skills shortage at present and believe the apprenticeship route is a very viable option to help fill this skills gap and help employers expand their business.

Therefore, they are committed to apprenticeships and see them as a real alternative to going to university. They are now offering a grant of £1,500 to any small business taking on a young person, who has not done so already within the last year.

Many young people, when leaving school and considering their options, are opting for the apprenticeship route as they see the benefits of pursuing this route over university.

Aspire Training Team offers bespoke apprenticeships in Childcare, Health and Social Care and Business Administration, where we match the young person to the employer. There is no day release involved – apprentices access their training by working through online modules and have the support of their assessor, who also visits them regularly in the workplace.

Contact us to by filling in the enquiry form opposite to find out more about the services Aspire Training Team can offer and how you could benefit from taking on an apprentice.

Benefits of taking on an apprentice:

Apprenticeships can help businesses across all sectors by offering a route to harness fresh new talent. Employing apprentices within your business can:

  • Enable you to expand and grow your business
  • Improve your bottom line
  • Fill your skills gaps
  • Motivate your workforce
  • Succession planning for your workforce

Apprenticeships ensure that your workforce has the practical skills and qualifications your organisation needs now and in the future. The mixture of on and off job learning ensures they learn the skills that work best for your business.

Over 130,000 workplaces offer apprenticeship places because they understand the benefits that apprentices bring to their business – increased productivity, improved competitiveness and a committed and competent workforce.

Enable you to expand and grow your business:

Taking on an apprentice allows you to grow your capacity by investing in people who want to learn. Your business can benefit from the skills the apprentice develops as they train both on and off the job.

Learning on the job means your apprentices gain the right skills to meet the requirements of your business, offering a solution to succession planning, company growth and future skills development.

Apprenticeships provide a cost-effective, low-risk way to grow your business.

Improve your bottom line: 

Apprenticeships deliver real returns to your bottom line, with Apprenticeships helping them to improve productivity and to be more competitive. Training apprentices can also be more cost-effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs.

Fill your skills gaps: 
Apprenticeships deliver skills designed around your business needs providing the skilled workers you need for the future. They also help you develop the specialist skills you need to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in your sector.

Motivate your workforce: 
Apprentices tend to be eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invested in them. Remember, an apprentice is with you because they want to be – they have made an active choice to learn on the job and a commitment to a specific career.

Apprenticeship Facts in Numbers:

Over 80% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive.
81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices.
The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is £3.30 per hour
Employers who take on a 16-18-year-old apprentice only pay their salary. The Government will fund their training.
92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.
83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future.
One in five employers is hiring more apprentices to help them through the tough economic climate.

5 step plan to getting an apprentice on board:

1. Make Contact: The employer contacts Aspire Training Team to say they have a vacancy.  One of our highly professional training consultants will come and meet you at your business, giving you all the information you need and to build the perfect job description for your vacancy.

2. Employer Training Agreement: Agree and sign an Employer Training agreement with Aspire Training Team

3. Vacancy Posted: The vacancy is then posted onto a number of job and apprenticeship boards. Young people can then apply online for the vacancy.

4. CV’s Received and Matched: Aspire Training Team will then match suitable applicants to your vacancy and then perform telephone or face-to-face interviews. We will then send you suitable CVs for you to short list and interview as appropriate.

5. Choose your apprentice: The employer then chooses the best apprentice candidate for them and notifies Aspire Training Team of the successful outcome. The apprenticeship then starts.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Apprentices aged 16 -18 can be fully funded so that there is no training cost apart from the apprentice’s wages. We can also access other funds to help towards the cost of the course for anyone over the age of 19, subject to availability. Each Apprentice is assigned a qualified assessor to support them through their programme of study. The assessor will come into the workplace at least once a month to work with the Apprentice and complete the assessments and knowledge units.

Q. How long does an apprenticeship last?
A. Approximately 12 months

Q. What is the normal apprenticeship working week?
A. Apprentices work a minimum of 30 hours a week. The average is usually 37-40 hours a week, so it fits in with the industry they work in. Please note, this does not include night work.

Q. How much does it cost to have an apprentice?
A. An apprentice needs to earn a wage of £3.30 per hour.

Q. What responsibility do I have for an apprentice?
A. Apprentices are treated like any employee and they have to adhere to your policies and procedures. As the employer, you must give your apprentices an induction into their role and provide on-the-job training. You are also responsible for paying the apprentices’ wages. An apprentice needs to have a manager at work that is responsible for helping them throughout their training.

Q. Who interviews them?
A. The training provider will assess the learners’ suitability to a vacancy prior to sending them over to the employer. The employer will then interview learners following their normal recruitment procedures.

Q. Where does the training take place?

A. Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes; most of the training is ‘on the job’ – at your premises. Aspire will offer training too to the apprentice so they receive a good, solid base on which to grow.

Q Does the apprenticeship involve day release?
A. No, we provide our own bespoke, tailor-made training programmes to meet the needs of the employer and the young person so all training can be undertaken at the workplace.

Q. Are there different levels of apprenticeships?
A. Yes, both Level 2 and Level 3 are available and they will depend on age of the apprentice and the skills already gained.


Martin & Co (Yeovil), the leading residential lettings agent and property management business, has recently taken on an apprentice with the Aspire Training Team.
Emma Higgins, Managing Director, commented: “Our business administration apprentice Amber is getting on really well. We are really pleased with her and what she’s bringing to the business – I’ve really struck gold!”
“Sarah from the Aspire Training Team is a good training officer too – Amber is very happy with her. Sarah answers all her questions, gives her plenty of feedback and explains things very patiently – they are a great team!”

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