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If you own a company, or if you work in HR or operations, you've probably thought about hiring an apprentice. Hiring an apprentice could benefit your business in a range of ways, including tackling a skill shortage, aiding staff retention and introducing fresh perspectives.


An apprenticeship is a real job with training, which allows apprentices to earn while they learn, as well as gaining a nationally recognised qualification. An apprenticeship programme allows for tailored training (through a combination of hands-on work and in-classroom settings) which allows apprentices to become skilled in a particular sector. Apprenticeship schemes help employers ensure that they get exactly the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need while growing a talented and engaged workforce. Employers running apprenticeship schemes value their apprentices because they help them fill the skills gap.

We deliver apprenticeships in many employment sectors including; Accounting, Business, Management, Catering, Hospitality, Children and Young People, Teaching, Hair, Construction, Engineering, Creative, IT, Health, Social Care, Motor Vehicle and Science. We offer training from Intermediate (level 2) through to Advanced (level 3) and Higher (level 4). We can also work with you to discuss and develop additional training programmes to meet your needs.


NCC works closely with employers to recruit apprentices which meet their specific needs. We establish a relationship whereby we understand the employers’ business and are able to select candidates who we know will be a good fit as an apprentice.

We offer a free service to recruit an apprentice for your organisation. A member of staff from our dedicated team will be assigned to work with you and establish the priorities for your apprenticeship opportunity. This could include upskilling existing staff or recruiting new apprentices.


Finding the perfect apprentice for your company is vital. At NCC, we ensure we understand your requirements, the job role and the skills you are looking for to enable us to match the best suited candidate. We carefully pre-screen all candidates and send successful candidates for you to interview.


The Apprenticeship Levy is paid by employers with an annual wage bills in excess of £3 million. The levy is payable at 0.5% of the total wage bill over 3 Million.

The levys paid to HMRC through the Pay-as-you-earn (P.A.Y.E) process alongside payment of Income Tax and National Insurance contributions and is held in a digital fund that employer can use to pay for apprenticeship training. A 10% contribution from the government is added to each monthly payment.

Funds in the digital fund remain available for 24 months from the date of payment. Any amount that remains unspent after that period will expire and will be reclaimed by HMRC, including the 10% contribution.

If Payment from the digital fund is made directly to training providers on a monthly basis, for as long as the apprentice remains on the programme (i.e. until the apprenticeship is completed or the apprentice leaves). Any apprenticeship that is terminated less than 42 days after the start of the apprenticeship will not qualify for any payment.

From April 2019 firms are now able to share up to 25% of their levy with other businesses in their supply chain, a move which was welcomed by businesses.

If your wage bill is less than 3 million you will not need to pay the Levy. Non-levy paying employers will share the cost of training and assessing their apprentices with government this is called ‘co-investment’. From 1 April 2019 the rate of co-investment was reduced to 5% for all new apprenticeship starts, with government funding of 95% provided to cover the remaining costs.

As an employer you will not be expected to pay anything towards the training providing the apprentice is aged between 16-18 year old.

All employers will be eligible to receive £1,000 incentive for hiring an apprentice aged between 16-18 years old and 19-24 years old who has previously been in care or who has an Education, Health and Care plan provided by their local authority. This payment will be made to the employer in two equal instalments via the training provider. This helps support businesses that would not otherwise be in a position to do so.



Apprentices are required to spend 20% of their working week on off-the-job training. Our online system keeps both you and your apprentice fully updated on learning progress. Your assigned assessor will be available to answer questions and provide support every step of the way.


We have a dedicated team of professionals to work with you every step of the way. We’ll make sure that your apprentice suits your business needs and that you and your apprentice get the support you both need.

Whatever the size of your business, we will work with you to identify where an apprentice can fit into your company, recruit the right candidate and support them while they work with you. We will also deliver English and maths alongside their training, if required.

The majority of employers offer their apprentice a permanent contract once they’ve completed their apprenticeship. Our apprentices are skilled and they’re ready for the work they need to do to help you to grow your business.

We can also provide training to existing staff to improve and extend their skills and qualifications to meet new and emerging business needs. New City College is one of the country’s largest college groups. Our teachers and trainers are second to none and we have access to a diverse and talented pool of potential recruits to give your business a fresh, new approach.


We are proud to say that we don't offer every single apprenticeship in every single sector (like some training providers claim to do). We make sure that the apprenticeships we offer are those that we deliver brilliantly.

Online and On Campus Apprenticeships

Our Online and On Campus apprenticeships have been designed with employers in mind – requiring less time in college than traditional delivery models and minimising disruption in the workplace. This flexible approach means that apprentices can choose how, when and where they want to study. Find out more

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