For Employers

Why work with Craven College?

At Craven College we strongly believe that Apprenticeships are not only an invaluable first step onto a career ladder for young people but equally, an excellent opportunity for local businesses to grow and develop their own employees and create a more highly skilled workforce who can contribute to their future success.

If you are a small business, you may be looking for just one or two individuals to join your team and grow with you, whereas larger employers may be looking at implementing Apprenticeships schemes to maintain a flow of new talent to fit the needs of their development and succession strategies. In either instance, Craven College has many years of experience in offering high quality Apprenticeship services to employers big or small and will tailor our approach to suit your needs.

Our highly experienced Apprenticeship team support employers right through from recruiting keen and enthusiastic local candidates to the achievement of their qualification. We will support you with advice on general employment and Apprentice conditions and visit you for review meetings every 12 weeks. An Apprenticeship Co-ordinator is always available to deal with any issue you may have and we guarantee a professional and prompt service.

For more information, please email us at or call on 01756 693 681.


With approximately 650 Apprentices already participating on a wide range of Apprenticeship programmes and with our excellent success rates, Craven College is one of the largest and most successful providers of Apprenticeships in the North of England

With success rates significantly above the National Average, Craven College have consistently been in the Top 10 providers in the country for the last five years

In February 2018 Ofsted rated the Apprenticeships provision at Craven College as ‘Outstanding’ making Craven College one of only three colleges in England to be judged Outstanding for the quality of its Apprenticeships


What is the National Apprenticeship Wage?

Apprenticeships represent excellent value for money as they are, in most instances, exempt from the regular National Minimum Wage and National Insurance Contributions at least for the first 12 months of the Apprenticeship. This gives you the opportunity to train and develop Apprentices, ensuring maximum productivity by the end of the programme.

The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices under 19 years of age, or over 19 and in the first year of their Apprenticeship is currently £3.70 per hour.

All Craven College Apprentices are in ‘full-employed status’ and as such, must be employed for at least 30 hours per week (this can include time spent in College).

What Apprenticeships do we offer?

Craven College offers a wide range of Apprenticeships which are regularly reviewed to meet business demand. If you need an Apprenticeship that is not listed in an area of business, please contact us.

Our Apprenticeship provision is constantly growing to meet your needs, we currently offer Apprenticeships in the following areas:

  • Accounting – Assistant Accountant, Professional Accounting Taxation Technician
  • Agriculture & Countryside – Agriculture, Countryside Worker, Horticulture/Landscape Operative
  • Business – Business Administrator, Team Leader/Supervisor
  • Catering & Hospitality – Commis Chef, Chef de Partie, Hospitality Team Member, Hospitality Supervisor
  • Childcare – Early Years Educator
  • Computing – Infrastructure Technician, Software Development Technician
  • Construction – Bricklayer, Carpentry & Joinery, Painter & Decorator, Plasterer, Property Maintenance Operative
  • Customer Service – Custome Service Practitioner/Specialist
  • Hair & Beauty – Beauty Professional, Hair Professional
  • Mechanic/Engineering – Land-based Service Engineering Technician, Heavy Vehicle Service & Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Service & Maintenance Technician
What will Craven College do to help me, my business and our Apprentice?

Our comprehensive service will:

  • Offer a wide range of Apprenticeships and help you decide which one best fits your business needs
  • Assign an Apprenticeship Co-ordinator who will be your point of contact right through from recruitment of an Apprentice to the achievement of their qualification
  • Manage the recruitment process and advertise your vacancy, screen all applicants and provide you with a number of suitable candidates for you to shortlist, interview and even trial before appointing someone
  • Plan and design training to meet the needs of your business and those of the individual, providing additional support and bespoke programmes where required
  • Monitor Apprentice progress and provide regular feedback to the individual and the employer at least every 12 weeks
  • Appoint experienced assessors and tutors with excellent knowledge and working experience of the relevant industry to deliver the framework or standard your Apprentice is working towards
  • Organise End Point Assessments
  • Provide ongoing support, information and guidance throughout the process and help any existing staff within your organisation that may benefit from this or other training
Who pays for the training?

The cost of Apprenticeship Training will depend on the size of your business and the age of the Apprentice.

Incentive payments and grants may also be available to you when employing a young person as an Apprentice.

We will be happy to discuss this in more detail with you on enquiry – please contact or call us on 07156 693 681.

What will I need to do as the employer?
  • Allow an assessor to come out to your workplace once every 3-4 weeks at a mutually agreed time to observe, guide and assess the Apprentice in their work environment
  • Release your Apprentice to attend College on a part-time basis to complete the knowledge-based units of the Apprenticeship, sit exams or Functional Skills tests (where required)
  • Support the Apprentice through: providing an induction; monitoring their progress; coaching or mentoring them; on the job training; feedback on their performance – ensure that the Apprentice is working in a safe environment and is properly supervised at work
  • Meet with the Apprenticeship Co-ordinator responsible for your Apprentice to review progress every 12 weeks or as required
  • For Apprentices working with children or vulnerable adults, it’s the employer’s responsibility to carry out the appropriate level of DBS check with the Disclosure and Barring Service
  • Allow a third party (such as an Awarding Body) to deliver an End Point Assessment on your premises or at a designated assessment centre at the end of the Apprenticeship to complete the programme
How long will the Apprenticeship take to complete?

An Apprenticeship will usually take anything from 12 to 24 months at Level 2 and a direct Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship could take up to three years. Higher and Degree Apprenticeships can take anything from 2 to 5 years. The competence based elements are quite flexible and can be fast tracked depending on level of experience and commitment.

Who can be an Apprentice?

Generally, anyone over 16 can apply for an Apprenticeship but offers are subject to being eligible for the funding.

To be eligible for an Apprenticeship the candidate must:

  • Be 16 years or over
  • Be employed within the same industry as their chosen Apprenticeship and be working at least 30 hours per week (this can include time spent in training)
  • Be a citizen of the EU or resident in the UK for at least three years
  • Not hold a higher qualification such as a Degree, Foundation Degree, HND/HNC and in some cases, depending on age, other Level 2 or Level 3 qualifications in the same industry sector
  • Apprenticeships are available to new or existing members of staff
I want to know more, what should I do next?

Contact us to arrange an initial meeting to clarify your needs and enable you to find out more about our Apprenticeships.

Email us at or call us on 07156 693 681.

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