Employer information - apprentices and study programmes (Elev8)

Employer's Information

Learning & Skills is looking for employers to offer Apprenticeships and high quality work experience to young people within Darlington and the surrounding area. These young people will be aged 16+ and will be looking to gain vital skills, knowledge and understanding of the industry in which they would like a career. We have an excellent track record of working with employers across Darlington and would really like you to come on board.


For businesses within the Tees Valley, grants of £2,500* are available for those who recruit an Apprentice and so there is no better time to consider one. With structured training and assessment which is relevant to your organisation’s needs, an Apprentice can be an enthusiastic and valuable new addition to your workforce. Your Apprentice can quickly become a real asset to your business, improving your company’s productivity and competitiveness, whilst not affecting your bottom line. The Apprentice would be aged 16+, earning the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage minimum of £3.40 per hour for a minimum of 30 hours per week and will have a contract of employment issued by the employer like any other employee.

For businesses outside the Tees Valley grants of £1,500* and other incentives are available.

*Terms and Conditions apply. For more information visit https://teesvalley-ca.gov.uk/business/funding/tvca-apprenticeship-grant-employers-age/ [external link]

Business benefits of an apprentice

Taking on an apprentice can benefit your business in a number of ways, with incentives available from the Government.

Structured training -Apprenticeships offer a structured training programme for your apprentice, combining in centre study with on-the-job training. We provide support for you and your apprentice throughout the process to help you both get the best from the training.

Relevant skills - Apprenticeships are practical work-based schemes provided by us to help plug the skills gaps in your company.

Respected Industry qualifications - Apprenticeships lead to respected industry qualifications, which prove that the standards of work expected in the industry have been met, supported by work on core/soft skills like dealing with customers and teamwork.

Building your team - Taking on an apprentice can lead to a valuable and enthusiastic new addition to your workforce. Every year we have a lot of interest from young people keen to make a future for themselves in a variety of different industries.

Improved productivity/ profitabilityYour apprentice can quickly become a real asset to your business, improving your company’s productivity and competitiveness.

Cost-effective recruitmentAn apprentice is a good way to keep your overheads down and improve your bottom line, whilst gaining a loyal, enthusiastic and willing employee.

For more information contact Ian Saunders, Learning and Skills Assistant Manager on 01325 405601 or email ian.saunders@darlington.gov.uk 

Elev8 – Study Programme Course (Employer)

What is required?

We are looking for employers to support the Elev8 Programme by enabling them to offer short and long term work experience to young people aged 16‐18. The work experience could be anything from two weeks to 12 months and it would enable the young person to gain vital skills and knowledge in their chosen area, as well as gaining a work ethic.

Who is it for?

The work experience would be for 16‐18 year olds from a range of backgrounds that are trying to access further education, employment or an apprenticeship. They will have committed interest in the area of work that they have chosen and will be supported by our training staff throughout their experience. Any specific needs will be discussed at the outset, so that you can decide if the learner would be suitable for your business.

What support and training will they receive?

We would ask that the employer offers the learner a quality experience that will allow them to experience the actual reality of the industry they are in. We would ask that they would provide support to the learner to help them improve their skills and knowledge of their chosen area in liaison with the training staff.


We would ask all employers to sign a short agreement that would be completed with the learner and training staff. This agreement would detail the support arrangements, health and safety requirements and attitude/behaviour required.

The agreement will state that learners can be released at any point as there is no contractual arrangement with the employer.


Wages are not required; however this is at the employer’s discretion as they may feel that the learner deserves some reward for their efforts.

For more information contact Ian Saunders, Learning and Skills Assistant Manager on 01325 405601 or email ian.saunders@darlington.gov.uk