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Employing an apprentice - LGSS

Employing an apprentice

Employers who pay the apprenticeship levy can use it to pay for the training and assessment of existing staff on apprenticeship programmes.

Did you know?

Higher and degree apprentices:

  • bring a fresh perspective and up-to-date knowledge and skills, increasing productivity
  • develop job-specific skills and competencies and are able to meet the unique needs of the business where they work and learn

Research confirms that apprenticeships improve businesses in a number of ways…


Degree and higher apprentices develop job-specific skills and competencies:

  • 76% of employers say that productivity has improved
  • apprenticeships boost productivity to businesses by an average £214 per week
  • 70% of employers said apprenticeships improved quality and service


75% of employers reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service.


Apprenticeships enable businesses to grow their skills base, resulting in increased profits, lower prices and better products.

Return on investment

Learning and assignments are linked to the apprentices’ work role, so they are able to apply their growing skills and knowledge to the business as soon as the apprenticeship starts, giving return on investment from day one.

Developing managers have a proven value, with the average benefit of a chartered manager valued as £391,443

Apprenticeships are a cost-effective way to make sure that new and existing employees have the skills they need to support and grow the business.

Programmes are tailored to the business objectives of individual organisations and the learning needs of their employees. Timeframes are flexible, and adapted to work patterns.

Tutors are experienced industry professionals who are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge and helping learners to achieve excellence in their field.

Employee retention

The offer of employment leading to higher-level qualifications will attract and retain good quality candidates with the potential to progress.

84% of apprentices said their career prospects have improved.

Apprentices completing a higher apprenticeship could earn £150,000 more than they would otherwise do over their lifetime.

After finishing, the majority of apprentices (90%) stay in employment (including 2% self-employed), with seven in ten (71%) staying with the same employer.

Apprenticeships offer businesses and public sector organisations an opportunity to help build a pool of high-quality future recruits for their sector.

The LGSS Apprenticeship and Qualifications Academy deliver degree and higher apprenticeships from level 4 (foundation) to level 6 (degree) including:

  • Management and leadership
  • Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship
  • Operations Departmental Manager
  • Business and commercial skills
  • Junior Management Consultant

Sources: Office for National Statistics, UKCES/Council for Excellence in Management and Leadership, CMI, CMI/XpertHR, Social Market Foundation, DfE Apprenticeship Core Brief – November 2016 Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, 2016. CMI, Feb 2016.