Apprenticeships for your business

Hiring an apprentice can help your business to develop talent, improve productivity and future-proof your company’s workforce. It is also a great opportunity for you to reduce recruitment costs and have access to high-quality training and support.

Apprenticeships can be used to bridge the skills gap in your organisation. By recruiting and training apprentices, you can develop people in a way that promotes the specific skills required by your business and industry. Apprenticeships are particularly cost-effective as a form of training, because young people are making a contribution to the workplace while they are learning.

It is also a way of upskilling your staff and supporting their professional development, or teaching them skills that are of a higher level.

Why hire an apprentice?

  • 86% of employers said apprenticeships developed skills relevant to their organisation and 78% reported improved productivity.
  • 90% of apprentices stay on in their place of work after completing an apprenticeship.
  • There’s a wide selection of apprenticeships available covering lots of different job roles.
  • You can adapt the training that your apprentice receives according to the needs of your organisation.
  • An apprenticeship allows you to diversify and freshen up your workforce.
  • You can employ an apprentice who’s aged 16 up to any age and from any background.

Our Apprenticeship Programmes

Our varied apprenticeship offering covers most industries so it is likely that we have an apprenticeship available that works for your business. From intermediate to degree level, we hope to develop a skilled workforce for the entire region and for you as an employer.

Apprentice Employers Course List

Leeds City College covers all industry sectors below:

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Creative Arts (Visual & Digital, Media & Performance Production)

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Digital & IT

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Sport Science & Exercise

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Marketing & Events

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Hair, Beauty & Media Make-up

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Animal Care

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Food & Drink

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Education & Teaching

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Health & Social Care – (Clinical and social)

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Child Care

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Motor Vehicle

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Law & Leadership

Why Choose Leeds City College As An Apprenticeship Provider?

  • Leeds City College is one of the biggest apprenticeship providers regionally. We are funding experts and can help you get the maximum benefit of government funding available to you.
  • We have teachers who are ex-industry experts to mentor your apprentice.
  • You will be allocated your own account manager who will help identify any training needs for current members of staff and new recruits.
  • We have a dedicated and specialist recruitment team.
  • We will help you write the job description and advertise this through the National Apprenticeship website, the Leeds City College website and on our social media pages.
  • We will support you as an employer and your apprentice throughout the apprenticeship journey

Levels of Apprenticeships

Intermediate apprenticeships

Intermediate apprenticeships are allocated to junior roles within a company. These apprenticeships teach candidates who are new to the industry the basic skills and knowledge required to progress within their chosen career path. Examples of job roles include admin assistant, junior hair stylist or commis chef.

Advanced apprenticeships

Advanced apprenticeships build on the skills and knowledge acquired from an intermediate apprenticeship. These apprenticeships begin to specialise the candidate’s knowledge of the industry and are suitable for those who have previously completed an apprenticeship or have been within their job role for some time. Examples of job roles include software developer, chef de partie or electrical engineer.

Higher apprenticeships

Higher apprenticeships are for those within senior roles within a company who want to develop their skills further to progress. These apprenticeships are the equivalent to completing a foundation degree or HND. Examples of job roles include apprentice teacher, lab technician or project manager.

Degree apprenticeships

Degree or master’s degree apprenticeships are for those who want to be a specialist within their field and hold a senior position within a company (such as senior management or technical specialist). These apprenticeships usually involve the undertaking of an under/postgraduate qualification. Examples of job roles include managing director, laboratory scientist or HE lecturer.


Ongoing Support

You and your apprentice will be introduced to an industry skilled assessor. They will keep in contact with your apprentice on a regular basis throughout the apprenticeship, including monthly visits to your place of work. There will be an element of blended learning and they will support and guide your apprentice through the 20% off the job training and monitor their progress.


Please contact us to find out about funding available.

Employer handbook

Please click here to view our Apprenticeship Employer handbook.

Our Partners

We have lots of partnerships with leading employers that are seeking new talent. Although we keep our apprenticeship providers confidential if they wish to remain so, these are just some of our featured partners.

Yorkshire Centre For Training & Development
Leeds City Council
Excellence Demonstrated
Leeds Bid
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The Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS

Our Team

Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith – Business Development Team Leader

Email: Natalie Smith

Tel: 07500 067649

Taz Khusal

Taz Khusal – Healthcare Co-ordinator

Email: Taz Khusal

Tel: 07976 218800


  • Our relationship with the apprenticeship team at Leeds City College has flourished over the last two years. We truly value their experience and guidance in the education and skills sector. The team’s commitment to get the best for the business shows good innovative solutions and bespoke opportunities.

    Libby Megson – Leeds City Council

  • We have had a fantastic experience working with Leeds City College over the years. My most memorable experience was taking on one of their first A-level students to work in the hotel reception. He made a great first impression and he now has a casual contract working for us, outside of his unique studies. The careers team is informative and knowledgeable about the students and their abilities.

    Annabel Shuttleworth – Leeds Marriott Hotel

  • Apprentices from Leeds City College have been of a high standard, enthusiastic and willing to learn to maintain our high customer service requirements. As a small company the apprentices reap rewards and fit in quickly.

    Ian Dawson – BRS Limited

  • Leeds City College Apprenticeships is the best recruitment decision I’ve ever made. Apprentices are hungry to grow and continue to strive. I wish all the people I interviewed were as well rounded as the calibre of apprentice I’ve received.

    Darren Hanncock – Enserve


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay the wages for the apprentice?

Yes, you will need to pay an apprentice like any other member of your staff. The current national apprenticeship minimum wage is £4.15 per hour. Certain grants are available to some employers taking on an apprentice to help support with the payment of their wages. Details of these grants will be discussed with you prior to your recruitment of an apprentice.

How do I recruit an apprentice?

It’s your personal preference. You can recruit an apprentice by yourself, as you would any other member of staff for your company. However, if you want some help, we have a full recruitment team and service available to support you. For more information, email or call 0113 284 6464.

I do not have time to write a job description. Is this something you can help with?

Yes. Once you have sent an enquiry to the college, a business engagement advisor will be allocated to you. Your advisor will have experience in your sector and will be there to support you through the full recruitment process of your apprentice.

What if my apprentice leaves?

We hope to find you the right match for your job role but if the apprentice we place leaves, simply contact your allocated business engagement advisor to discuss options for a replacement. If you can’t find the details of your advisor, you can contact the main team on 0113 284 6464.


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