Apprenticeships provide proven opportunities for people to gain the skills they need for a successful career and for businesses to grow and succeed.

There has never been a better time for businesses to offer apprenticeships. They are available in more than 240,000 workplaces in England and across more than 150 different industries.

Apprenticeship Levy

From May 2017, large employers with a payroll bill over £3m will be required to invest in apprenticeships by paying into a central, government-managed apprenticeship levy pot on a monthly basis.

Thames Valley Berkshire LEP conducted research with 32 of Berkshire’s largest employers to understand the potential impact of the levy on their recruitment and workforce development practices. The approaches being taken by three of these employers are available as case studies here: Acorn Engineering, Centrica, Romans Group.

Click here to download the report. 

Click here to view the press release.

National Apprenticeship Week: 6 to 10 March
Co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, the week is designed to celebrate the positive impact apprenticeships and traineeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy.

The 10th National Apprenticeship Week will bring together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade and will seek to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career.

Toolkits and resources to support National Apprenticeship Week 2017 can be found here

Local events:


Employer apprenticeship briefing
Tuesday 7 March, 1400-1700, University College of Estate Management:
Apprenticeship Briefing Session
Wednesday 8 March, 1400
This webinar will provide you with the latest information regarding the Apprenticeship Levy that is being introduced in April 2017, the apprenticeship funding changes coming into effect from 1st May 2017 and how this might affect your resource planning.
Email: to register

East Berkshire College Business Breakfast

Thursday 9 March, 0830-1030, Langley College:

Reading College
Thursday 9 & Friday 10 March, Broad Street, Reading

Addressing Skills Gaps through STEM Apprenticeships
Wednesday 15 March, 1000-1400, Maidenhead Town Hall:

Microsoft Apprenticeship Facebook Live Q&A Broadcast
Thursday 16 March, 1300

A Facebook Live Q&A where we'll be having three generations of Microsoft apprentices sharing their thoughts on apprenticeships, the benefits, the challenges and what they are doing now (or currently experiencing). This will be shared on the official Microsoft UK Facebook page where we'll be happy to answer any questions that come in during the broadcast! Email: to register

More information on Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools can be found here:

for Stakeholders and Partners

for Schools is the national information hub and knowledge sharing network for businesses interested in apprenticeships.    

Join Apprenticemakers for free to connect with other businesses that have been through the process and gain from their knowledge and experience of running an apprenticeship scheme.    

If you’ve already run an apprenticeship scheme in your business, join for free to share your experience and top tips with those just starting out on the process.    

As an Apprenticemaker you can benefit from resources, webinars, case studies and forums, all designed to support and inspire businesses interested in starting and growing their apprenticeships activities.