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Friday, 07 March 2014 14:53

More Traineeships also announced by leading employers

Even more people will get an opportunity to earn while they learn, after more than 20,000 new Apprenticeships have been pledged by employers as part of National Apprenticeship Week [1].

From Lloyds Banking Group committing to hiring 5,000 apprentices, Greene King and Whitbread pledging 2,000 a piece and EE, Mitchells & Butlers and Starbucks each announcing 1,000 vacancies, announcements have been made by hundreds of businesses around the country.  

And it’s not just big corporates that are showing their commitment to Apprenticeships – 47% of the employers creating new Apprenticeships are small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).  Smaller organisations announcing plans to take on apprentices include Cambridgeshire retailer Crafting Time, Kent web designers Interactive Red, London charity Lives not Knives, Grimsby electrical contractors HYBRiD, Oldham construction firm Emanuel Whittaker and Penzance customer services company TR18 Contact.

Other companies that have pledged new Apprenticeships include BT, ITV, Network Rail, Be Wiser Insurance, Central Bedfordshire Council, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Ashtead Plant Hire, Southend Citizen Advice Bureau and Virgin Media.  Meanwhile, Capita Personal Independence Payment have pledged to make five per cent of its non-healthcare workforce apprentices and launched a drive to hire more disabled young people onto Apprenticeships.


And National Apprenticeship Week has also seen a boost to the new Traineeships, which give young people the work preparation training, English, maths and work experience they need to get an Apprenticeship or other job.


Employers including the BBC and Port of Tilbury have pledged to give more young people Traineeships – as have Liverpool Football Club through a partnership with Myerscough College. Meanwhile, Westminster Kingsway College has launched a new Parliamentary Traineeship programme so 16-23 year olds can get a chance to gain experience in the corridors of power.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "The Government is putting an end to the damaging divide between vocational and academic learning.  We are committing the biggest ever investment in Apprenticeships and are on track to create two million Apprenticeships over the course of this Parliament.

"The resounding success of this year’s National Apprenticeship week demonstrates that apprenticeships are deservedly becoming more popular with business of all sizes. Apprentices already contribute £1.8 billion to the economy and with these further commitments, thousands more people will now be able to get the practical skills they need to build careers and help firms grow.”

Today’s announcement follows new research revealing that nearly half (44%) of employers intend to take on one or more apprentice in the next five years [2].  And research from the Association of Accounting Technicians revealed that apprentices delivered around £1.8bn of net economic benefits to UK organisations in the last year [3].

The Week has also seen the Prime Minister announce the government’s commitment to creating two million Apprenticeships over the lifetime of the current Parliament. David Cameron also announced the next round of Trailblazer employers; 29 new groups of employers who will lead the transformation of Apprenticeships. The new trailblazers, spanning sectors from accountancy to aviation, nursing to retail, include small businesses and sector specialists as well as some big names such as Tata Steel, John Lewis, British Airways and BMW [4].

Other announcements during the Week included the launch of new Higher, degree level, Apprenticeships in Space Engineering and Nursing. And to help bring more SME employers on board, further support has been announced including a new online mentoring service, Apprenticemakers. Meanwhile, the AvLive feed of vacancies which training providers and partners can use to promote Apprenticeship vacancies has been upgraded following a successful six-month testing period. 

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Employers pledging Apprenticeships:

The Centre for Mineral Products Professional Development 

A.P. Broome Landscapes Limited

Accord Group

Adatis Consulting Ltd


Affinity Sutton

Ageing in Great Britain CIC

Aim High Training Solutions Ltd


Anglian Water



Ashtead Plant Hire



aVida Care Ltd

Babcock International

Babcock International

Balfour Beatty

Barlows (UK) Ltd

Barratt Developments PLC

Be Training Academy Ltd

Be Wiser Insurance

Becton Dickinson UK Ltd

Belvior Lettings

Benslow Music Trust

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Blackpool Council

Bolton Council


Bradleys Estate Agents

Brent Council

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival

British Airways

Brooklyn House


BT plc

Bury Council

Capita Talent Partnerships

Carlisle City Council

Carlisle City Council

Casgo Connections Ltd


Central Bedfordshire Council

Central Training Academy


Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

Cheeky Munkey

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Chevron Traffic Management

Claremont PR

Clarkson Evans


Compass Group UK & Ireland

Covea Insurance

Crafting Time Ltd

Cumbria County Council

Dale Power Solutions Ltd


Dance East

Dataflow Peripherals

Days Lettings

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Defence Support International

DEG Signal Ltd

Derby Homes

Derry Building Services

DKFS Training Ltd



Emanuel Whittaker



Everton in the Community

Farmfoods Limited

Fisher Management

Frankie and Benny's


Full Circle Learning

Futures Housing Group

Gestamp Tallent Ltd

Ginger Nut Media

Gist Limited


Greene King


GSM England Retail UK

Hailey Hall School

Hayward Tyler Limited

HBP Systems Ltd

Henley College Coventry

Heritage Foundation

Hertfordshire County Council

Hopwood Hall College

HYBRiD (Grimsby) Ltd


IMPACT Apprenticeships

Interactive Red


J Murphy & Sons Ltd

James Paget University Hospital


KLM UK Engineering Limited


Kruger Associates Ltd

Kustom Clothing

La Bote

Lafarge Tarmac

Laing O'Rourke

Lakefield Foods

Lancashire County Council

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Learning Unlimited

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leicester City Council


Lloyds Banking Group

Lucy Glyn Support Services Ltd

Mainstay Group Ltd

Mayor of London

McCann Manchester


Merseylink CJV

Milton Keynes Service Partnership LLP

Mitchells & Butlers

Morecare Ltd

MPR Music Production

National Sales Academy


Network Rail

New Charter Housing Trust Group

New Wolsey Theatre

Next Retail Ltd

NG Bailey


Nomura International PLC

Norbert Dentressangle

North Hertfordshire College

North Hertfordshire District Council

North Lincolnshire Homes

Northumberland County Council

Not Going to Uni

Nottingham City Council



Paneltex Limited

Paxman Landscapes Uk Ltd

PHOENIX Medical Supplies Ltd/ Rowlands Pharmacy

Pinnacle Support

Pixel by pixel

Plymouth Apprenticeship Company

Plymouth City Council

Portmill Surgery

Pursuit Training

Quite Great Limited

Redrow Homes


Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa


Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Rotherham NHS

Rugged & Tough Ltd

Sanctuary Personnel

Santander UK

Sarah Hodge Hairdressing Group

Scientifica Ltd

SCWS Limited

Selco Trade Centres


Serco Vocational Services

Severn Trent Water

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHSFT

Silver Trowel Ltd

Skill-serve Training Ltd

Smiths Row

South Glos Council

South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Southampton Solent University

Southend CAB

southwest trains

Stafford College

Starbucks Coffee Company

Stronghold International

Stronghold International Ltd


TCA Lifting Ltd


Thames Water Utilities Limited

The apprentice agency

The College of West Anglia

The Flying Music Company Limited


The Juice Academy

The Manufacturing Technology Centre

The Red Lion

The Sanctuary Group

The Social Resource Centre Ltd

The Walton Centre FT NHS

The Way Ahead Training & Consultancy Ltd

Thompson and First Choice

Timico Ltd

TMB Patterns Limited

TNT Post


Trade and Discount Signs

Transport for London

Transport for London



United Utilities

Virgin Media

Walsall Works programme

Walter Smith Fine Foods Ltd

Warren Services

Warwickshire County Council

Way ahead Care

way Homecare

West Notts College

Wheatfield Surgery


William Hill


York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Yorkshire Housing