What are apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships can make your business more productive and competitive by filling any skills gaps you may have. Apprenticeships combine on and off site training and have been designed by employers to make sure that they gain the skills and experience necessary to make a positive impact on your business.

When it comes to staying competitive and developing new talent for your business, the facts speak for themselves:

  • 77% of employers feel that apprentices make their business more competitive
  • 76% state that apprentices contribute to increased productivity
  • 80% believe that apprentices help reduce staff turnover
  • 83% argue that by taking apprentices, they are generating their future workforce


The benefits of taking an apprentice are evident through improved retention of talented staff, improvements in subject skills and essential skills such as literacy and numeracy, improved productivity and increased efficiency. A range of national employers have recognized the importance of apprenticeships, including British Gas, BMW and Orange.

The time taken to complete the course depends on your circumstances and can be designed in a way that minimizes the impact on your business needs. 

Who can become an apprentice?

Apprenticeships are open to all age groups over the age of 16, irrespective of background. Apprenticeships are open to school leavers, experienced staff or people who are seeking a new career direction. All that is required is that they live in England and are not currently in full time education. 

What apprenticeships are on offer?

There are over 200 career options supported by apprenticeship frameworks, and so it is very likely that Striding Out or an approved partner can provide the training you specifically require at little cost to yourselves. Apprenticeships range from Customer Service, Team Leading and Management, through to Engineering, Motor Vehicle and Construction.

How can employers take on an apprentice?

Employers can contact our Learning & Development Team to seek information, advice and support on how to take on an apprentice. We will work with you to source the most appropriate apprentice for your business.

If the apprentice is aged between 16 and 18 the Government fully funds the training costs of an Apprenticeship programme.

Where the apprentice is 19 or over, employers are expected to make a contribution towards the cost of training. The contribution does not necessarily have to be a cash payment to us but can be other contributions that reduce the cost of delivery. We will meet with you and discuss funding options in detail.

How do I find out more?

If you are interested in finding out how to become an apprentice or take on an apprentice, please contact the Striding Out Learning & Development team on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 0203 303 0468