Employer information

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.


All employers will receive an incentive payment of £1000 for employing a 16-18 year old apprentice as part of the government's apprenticeship reforms. 

For businesses within the Tees Valley, grants 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 £3.70 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.

There are two grant schemes available from the Tees Valley Combined Authority which are available for businesses within the Tees Valley. 

For more information visit the Tees Valley Combined Authority website [external link] apprenticeship information.

Steven Mair (Owner of S and L Motor Vehicle Services) said, “We have gained so much through the apprenticeship scheme. Not only has it enabled us to take on more work but we are actively contributing to the future of the motor trade.”

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/ profitability - Your Apprentice can quickly become a real asset to your business, improving your company’s productivity and competitiveness.

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

If you require further information about apprenticeships or other employer opportunities such as work placements, please contact our Employer Engagement Officer on 01325 405601 or email l&[email protected].

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