Get involved with The Ladder for Birmingham

Take a step on the ladder and find out how taking on an apprentice could benefit your business.

If you are looking to upskill your workforce and improve morale? Taking on Apprentice has a wide range of benefits.

You can read the latest information about Apprenticeship funding here.


​Apprenticeships not only benefit the learner by providing a change to earn while they learn and gaining a real qualification and real future. They also benefit businesses.

Why take on an apprentice?

  • Apprenticeships are designed around your business needs. Whether you are looking for someone with experience or you want to be able to train someone up from the very bottom an Apprenticeship can be built around you.
  • Apprenticeships are shown to improve performance throughout the workforce.
  • 80% of companies who take on an Apprentice report an increase in staff retention
  • You can upskill existing staff with an Apprenticeship
  • By taking on Apprentices you can develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Apprenticeship training can either be paid using funds in your digital account (levy paying companies) or is funded through co-investment where 10% is paid by the employer and 90% by the government (non-levy companies). Companies with fewer than 50 staff can take on an apprentice aged 16-18 at no cost. You are required to pay each apprentice the national apprentice wage (£3.90 per hour from 1st April 2019) though we encourage employers to pay more.

If you are interested in taking on an Apprentice, please contact our team on the form below.

Is there an incentive?

A £1000 incentive payment is available for employers who take on an apprentice aged 16-18, or an apprentice aged 19-24 who has been in care or with a Local Authority Education, Health and Care Plan. Employers with fewer than 50 staff may be able to have training for an apprentice aged 16-18 (or an apprentice aged 19-24 who meets the conditions above) fully funded by government funding, with no employer contribution.

​​If you are interested fill in our enquiry form

What are the steps to take on an Apprenticeship?

First Step on the Ladder - You business needs
A free consultation will be arranged to discuss your specific needs in relation to Apprenticeship opportunities within your business. The Employer and the Training Provider will agree terms, conditions and contact details.

Second Step on the Ladder - Advertising your vacancy
Once job specifics are agreed a vacancy template will be compiled and advertised on the National Apprenticeship Website.

Third Step on the Ladder - Finding your perfect match
Training Providers who work with the Ladder will carry out initial assessment and shortlist candidates who may be suitable for your business. Arrangements will be made for you to interview these candidates giving you the opportunity to select the best person for the vacancy.

Fourth Step on the Ladder - The learner journey
The successful candidate will commence the Apprenticeship programme, learning the skills and knowledge necessary to develop and become competent in the job role. Regular visits from the Training Provider to support and train your Apprentice will be provided.

Final Step on the Ladder - Moving on
Once the Apprenticeship programme is completed you will have the option to progress the Apprentice onto a higher level apprenticeship, if this meets with your business needs.

Information, advice and guidance will be made available at all stages of the learner journey.