Did you know that businesses report an average increase in productivity by £214 a week when they hire apprentices?

Are you new to Apprenticeships?

Then our guide will give you all the tools and information you need!

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are real jobs with real responsibilities. The apprentice gains valuable on-the-job experience whilst also completing a technical qualification.
There are various levels of qualification that can be achieved via the apprenticeship pathway. On average, an Intermediate Apprenticeship will take approximately 12 months to complete, an Advanced Apprenticeship 12-18 months and a Higher Apprenticeship can take up to 2 years. Below are the different levels that are accessible to your potential apprentices along with the average timescales for completion. The completion times could vary depending on your apprentice, the contracted hours, chosen standard/framework and provider.



Equivalent Education Level




GCSE (A* - E)

12 months



A Level (A – C)

12 to 18 months


4, 5, 6 and 7

Foundation Degree and above

24 months


6 and 7

Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree

36 to 60 months




36 to 60 months

By getting involved in an apprenticeship, Tameside Council can offer certain benefits. Tameside apprenticeships will provide:

You can find more on the funding bands here


The Apprenticeship Levy

The Government has set a target of 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. In order to achieve this target, they have introduced the Apprenticeship Levy. Under the new apprenticeship programme there will be no age restrictions and apprenticeships will be available for existing employees too.
Contributing to this new levy will be compulsory for companies with a wage bill over £3 million. If the wage bill exceeds £3 million per year then the Levy will be set at 0.5% of that wage bill. As part of the Levy employers will share the responsibility to ensure people of all ages and backgrounds have the opportunity to access further education and get onto the employment ladder.
Get a sense of the cost and available funds with the Apprenticeship Levy Calculator.


As an employer looking to offer an apprenticeship opportunity, there are some key things you may wish to consider:

For further facts on apprenticeships you could visit the Gov.UK website