Investing in staff training programmes and apprenticeships is the perfect way to grow your business and develop an efficient and skilled workforce.

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Our apprenticeship programmes are available across the county with start dates all year round.

Taking on an apprentice is a brilliant way of investing in the future of your business. You can recruit and train fresh talent that will grow with your company. As your delivery partner we will put together a programme that is appropriate and applicable to your business and support you and your apprentice throughout the whole process. All documents will be sent out by email using Docu-Sign.

If you need help in recruiting, we can assist with that too. We seek out motivated and enthusiastic individuals who are bursting with potential.

The great news is that apprenticeship programmes are also available to your existing workforce.  They can support individuals who are moving into a new role, have recently gained line management responsibilities or simply need to develop their current skills sets.

Our Apprenticeships last between 15 and 33 months depending on the subject area and level. New apprentices who work 30hrs or more will have to achieve a minimum of 6hrs per week off-job learning.

Employers will receive a £1,000 incentive payment if they hire a new apprentice who is:

  • aged 16 to 18 years old
  • aged 19 to 25 with an education, health and care plan or who has been in the care of their local authority

Apprenticeship Account Service

You need to create an apprenticeship account, then you’ll be able to get funding to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment costs.
You’ll use your account to:

  • get apprenticeship funding
  • find and save apprenticeships
  • find, save and manage training providers
  • recruit apprentices
  • add and manage apprenticeships

Please follow this link to create an account

What to do next

Click on the links below to find out more about our apprenticeship offer and then complete the enquiry form below. You can also download our Employer Guide HERE

  • Facilities Services Operative Level 2 *Coming soon
  • Supply Chain Operative Level 2 *Coming soon
  • Facilities Management Supervisor Level 3 *Coming soon
  • Transport and Warehouse Operations Supervisor Level 3 *Coming soon
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How much does it cost?

The government have set maximum prices for each apprenticeship. The price you pay will depend on the occupational area, the level and any prior qualifications, knowledge, skills and behaviours that the apprentice already has – we use an initial assessment and skills scan to identify these.

The cost of an apprenticeship depends on the programme and it’s level. Larger employers will use their Apprenticeship Levy to fund the programme.  Employers not paying into the levy will be required to pay 5% of the overall cost unless their business has less than 50 employees and the apprentice is 16-18 yrs old or 19-24 with with an education, health and care plan. Our Business Development team will discuss prices with you and agree a payment schedule prior to any apprentice starting a programme.

Our Business Development Team will negotiate and agree a price with you for each apprenticeship undertaken. They will discuss how you will pay for the programme and support you to access and register your digital account and any funding you may be entitled to. You will need to set up a digital account at the start of the recruitment process in order to access the apprenticeship funding.

Employers will pay for an apprenticeship in one of three ways (full details can be found in the employer toolkit):

  1. Through their own Apprenticeship Levy Account
  2. Through co-investment
  3. Through gifting (levy transfer)
Team Leader or Supervisor Level 3 £4,500.00
Operations or Departmental Manager Level 5 £7,000.00
Associate Project Manager Level 4 £6,000.00
Schools Business Professional Level 4 £6,000.00
Coaching Professional Level 5 £5,000.00
Accounts or Finance Assistant Level 2 £6,000.00
Assistant Accountant Level 3 £8,000.00
Professional Accounting Technician Level 4 £8,000.00
Customer Service Practitioner Level 2 £3,500.00
Customer Service Professional Level 3 £4,000.00
Business Administrator Level  3 £5,000.00
Payroll Administrator Level 3* £9,000.00
Public Service Operations Delivery Officer Level 2 £2,500.00


* In Development or Under Consideration

Adult Care Worker Level 2 £3,000.00
Lead Adult Care Worker Level 3 £3,000.00
Lead Practitioner in Adult Care Level 4 £7,000.00
Leader in Adult Care Level 5 £7,000.00
Healthcare Support Worker Level 2 £3,000.00
Senior Healthcare Support Worker Level 3 £5,000.00
Healthcare Science Assistant Level 2* £5,000.00
Healthcare Cleaning Operative Level 2 £4,000.00
Laboratory Technician Level 3* £21,000.00


* In Development or Under Consideration

Teaching Assistant 3 £5,000.00
Early Years Practitioner Level  2 £4,000.00
Children, Young People & Families Practitioner (Residential) Level 4 £6,000.00
Children, Young People & Families Practitioner (Community) Level 4* £6,000.00
Children, Young People & Families Manager (Community) Level 5* £6,000.00
Learning Mentor Level 3* £5,000.00
Assessor Coach Level 4* £7,000.00
Early Years Educator £6,000.00


* In Development or Under Consideration

Digital Marketer Level 3* £11,000.00
IT Solutions Technician (Hardware) Level 3 £13,000.00
IT Solutions Technician (Software) Level 3 £13,000.00
Junior Content Producer Level 3* £12,000.00
Cyber Security Technician Level 3* £11,000.00


* In Development or Under Consideration

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The Essex Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Service

Essex County Council are striving to increase apprenticeships within the county. To provide quality opportunities for learning and development to strengthen the Essex economy. The Essex Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Service will allow levy donors to utilise unspent levy to support the apprenticeship training costs for smaller businesses. This will lead to increased learning and training opportunities for residents, and long-term benefits for levy donors and recipients.

What are the benefits of levy transfer?

Large organisations can utilise unspent levy to not only support other businesses but help to create a vibrant and diverse economy. Gifting your levy to strengthen your supply chain, demonstrate corporate social responsibility or to create strategic partnerships. The Essex market will also enjoy increased skills provision becoming robust and providing Essex businesses the skilled labour force it requires.

Our service will let businesses connect with large organisations and benefit from funded apprenticeship training without the need to co invest.

The Essex Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Service will work in partnership with city, district and borough councils, Further Education colleges, training providers and employers across the county to keep Essex levy within the Essex economy.

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To find out how to pledge unspent levy or request funding please contact us on levytransfers@essex.gov.uk

Before the apprenticeship commences there are a few things that we will need you to do. Our Business Development Team will explain the processes in full and will be on hand to provide support and answer any questions that you may have.

Non-levy & Levy funded apprenticeship contractual information

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FREE Open Sessions for Employers

We run monthly free online sessions. These sessions are for employers looking to recruit new or upskill current staff, and for those looking to apply for an apprenticeship. Our teams will take you through all the necessary information, available opportunities, and answer any questions you may have so that you can make an informed decision. All sessions are live and free to join.

Useful Videos

Employers: How to create an account and accept the employer agreement on the apprenticeship service

Employers: How to reserve funding

Employers: How to use the recruitment tool

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