Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any organisation to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. It is also an excellent route for apprentices to kick start a fulfilling career or to upskill an existing member of your staff.

Apprentices receive both on and off the job training which builds up the required knowledge, skills and behaviours your business requires.

Kidderminster College’s dedicated Apprenticeship Team work closely with local business find the best apprentice for your business needs. You will have a dedicated and knowledgeable Employer Engagement lead who will provide you with, advice and support in order to make the process of hiring an apprentice as simple and smooth as possible.


When employers take on a 16-18 year old apprentice they will receive £1,000 to help meet the extra costs associated with this. This will also apply if they employ a 19-24 year old care leaver, or a 19-24 year old with a Local Authority Education, Health Care Plan.

This will be paid to employers in two equal instalments at three months and twelve months from the Apprentices start date.

The Government also are offering additional Covid19 financial incentives up to 31 March 2021- see below for more information.

In addition, depending on which district your apprentice resides, there are additional local grants which you can apply for, see HERE

Duration & Qualifications

Typically, Apprenticeships can last between 1 year and 5 years.

Many of our KC apprentices progress from one Apprenticeship programme onto the next level.

It is expected that Apprentices will continue improving their maths and English throughout their apprenticeship.

Depending on the Apprentices current qualification level they may need to complete functional skills lessons/exams or continue to improve without undertaking any additional formal qualifications.

Existing Staff & Graduates

You can now train existing members of staff under the Apprenticeship programmes, providing them with new skills and clear career progression.

From April 2017 funding has been made available to all graduates, regardless of their experience or age. The Apprenticeship that they are using must be significantly different to the qualifications they already hold so new skills are learned.

Latest Information

Terminology Explained

Understanding terms such as ‘End Point assessment’, ‘Health and Safety’ and ‘off the job training’.

Apprentice Levy Payers

This applies to employers with a wage bill of £3 million or more.

How To Recruit An Apprentice

The Apprenticeship Team at Kidderminster College will assist you in recruiting an apprentice free of charge.

Funding to Train An Apprentice

Employer contributions are a one- off cost, you can choose to pay a one-off payment at the start of the Apprenticeship or quarterly payments over the first 12 months of the programme.

Hiring an Apprentice

Understand how apprenticeships work and the business requirements.

Available Grants

As a result of Covid-19 the Government are offering the below grants:

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Hire an Apprentice

Phosters has been hiring apprentices since 2015 and take on new apprentices every year. We currently have 5 apprentices completing their Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship who are employed across different departments of the business.

Phosters FM Ltd.


Download the latest information on each Apprenticeship we offer.