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Learn about the £1,500 grant and additional financial benefits. The ESB has produced this step-by-step guide to taking on an apprentice. It offers impartial signposting to help you choose your training provider, plus details of the 250 types of apprenticeships available, covering more than 1,400 job roles.
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Business Breakfast Apprenticeship Event

An employer breakfast took place on the 16th March 2016 at Barnstaple Hotel for businesses to discover the benefits of taking on an apprentice. The breakfast event included table discussions with four different steering groups, an interview with a panel of apprentices and employers and a question and answer session, all of which we hope inspired many employers to consider taking on an apprentice. 

A big thank you to all who attended and to those who helped at the event – Petroc, CSW Group, South West Apprenticeship Company, Job Centre Plus, Education Training and Skills and Brend Hotels. Also a big thank you to Blue Frog Media, Applegate and Activis for being fantastic guests on our panel and to Richard from the National Apprenticeship Service for giving us an excellent insight into apprenticeships.  

£1,500 Grants are currently still available for eligible employers, although this is likely to change in 2016. The government is introducing new Standards that will run alongside the existing Frameworks.

Thinking about recruiting; why not consider an apprentice?

University is not the only way

Tips for jobseekers

With half of new graduates trapped in low-paid, low-skilled work, the appeal of on-the-job training is growing fast. The government wants the consideration of school leavers to be university or an Apprenticeship. Read more here

Apprenticeship Information for Employers in Northern Devon

If you are an employer looking to hire an apprentice, there’s never been a better time than now.

Tips for employers

For impartial advice contact:

Careers South West, Barnstaple 01271 378 585
Job Centre Plus, Barnstaple 01271 395401
National Apprenticeship Helpdesk – 0800 015 0400

Local training providers


The Apprenticeship Campaign 2015

This is the fifth year The Employment & Skills Board has run the Apprenticeships Campaign and with your support it will be more successful than ever. Our partners include: The National Apprenticeship Service, NorthDevon+, Careers South West, the National Careers Service, Jobcentre Plus, Petroc, the Devon & Cornwall Training Provider Network, plus a host of businesses from a variety of industry sectors.

Last year an amazing 1110 apprenticeships were started in North Devon & Torridge. Watch the film of the Apprenticeships Showcase 2014 that was filmed by Ilfracombe Academy students.

Apprenticeship Case Studies

Have you ever wondered what it’s really like to employ an apprentice?
How do other employers use them in their business?

These 6 sector-focused case studies describe the experiences of real businesses in Devon and Cornwall that have taken on apprentices – the positives and the pitfalls, the benefits and the impact.

Business Administration Case Study

Engineering Case Study

Construction Case Study

Financial Sector Case Study

Health & Social Care Case Study

Hospitality Case Study


Explore alternative methods of taking on an apprentice:

Group Training Association (GTA) – Read more about how a group of employers used the GTA model to share apprentices

Group Training Association (GTA) Model Case Study

Associated Training Agency (ATA) – Read about the pros and cons of using the ATA method to hire an apprentice (similar to using a recruitment agency

Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) Model