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At South Tyneside College, we have many years’ experience working with employers to help support, train and nurture apprentices and trainees to the way businesses work. Not only will we create personalised training and support programmes, you’ll receive guidance, gain a perfectly moulded staff member, and have access to college talent ready to thrive and bring new ideas into the working world.

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WHY BUSINESSES CHOOSE South Tyneside College

  • Bespoke training programmes to meet your business and apprentice’s needs.
  • Apprenticeships available for new, as well as current employees.
  • Support with trainee progress, recruitment and funding.
  • Off-the-job training to support your trainee in their workplace learning and assessment.
  • Give current employees new leadership skills.
  • Work with the likes of City & Guilds to award nationally recognised qualifications.
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Laura Bray has set the wheels in motion on a career that’s going places after landing an apprenticeship with luxury vehicle brand, Mercedes-Benz. Once they saw her eye for detail, dedication to perfection, and high-quality work she displayed during a previous year of studies at South Tyneside College, the 17-year-old was offered a three-year apprenticeship. Laura, who’s now a Vehicle Body and Paint Technician Apprentice, will spend four days in the workplace and one day at STC in preparation for a potential full-time job as a Paint Technician after her training.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

As an employer that doesn’t pay the apprenticeship levy, you pay just 5% towards the cost of training and assessing an apprentice. 

The Government will pay the rest up to the funding band maximum.

You’ll pay the training provider directly and agree on a payment schedule.

If you employ fewer than 50 employees, the Government will pay 100% of the apprenticeship training costs up to the funding band maximum for apprentices aged:

  • 16 to 18
  • 19 to 24 with an education, health and care plan provided by their local authority or has been in the care of their local authority

If you exceed the funding band maximum, you’ll need to pay all the additional costs.

Can I put a current employee through an apprenticeship?


You can hire someone new or up-skill an existing employee.

Who can I hire as an apprentice?

You can employ apprentices at different levels.

From school leavers and university graduates, to people who want to further their careers or change career direction completely.

What are the requirements of an apprentice?

For the requirements of an apprentice…

An apprentice must:

  • Be 16 or over
  • Not already be in full-time education
  • Be living in England
How do I hire an apprentice?

Get in touch with our Business Engagement Team.

You can manage the recruitment process or ask us to manage it on your behalf.

How does an apprenticeship work?

During an apprenticeship, your apprentice will receive two different types of training.

‘Off-the-job’ training is delivered by us during your apprentice’s normal working hours. This training will teach your apprentice the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the apprenticeship standard so they can achieve occupational competence.

‘On-the-job’ training will be delivered by you, as the employer. You’ll need to give your apprentice training and supervision to help them perform the job you’ve hired them for. Apprentices must spend at least 20% of their working hours completing off-the-job training. It can be flexible and doesn’t have to mean 1 day out of the workplace every week.

We can agree a suitable training schedule to suit the needs of your business.

Are there any financial incentives for hiring an apprentice?

Employers who hire a new apprentice may be able to claim financial incentives from the Government.

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Anthony KellyBusiness Engagement Adviser Email

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