Take on an apprentice with our apprenticehip programme | EEF

Make an apprentice programme work for you

EEF has trained thousands of manufacturing apprentices, so we know how to get the very best out of young people for the benefit of your business growth. Developing the skills of your business’ future talent through an apprenticeship also means you are investing in a highly skilled and loyal workforce.

EEF helps advise employers on how to get the most out of their Apprenticeship Levy funding. See our latest Levy resources.



What value will an apprenticeship add to my business?

 If you are facing a skills shortage or worried about your business productivity then an apprenticeship programme is an excellent investment. Businesses who take on apprentices benefit from:

  • A boost in productivity and profitability
  • A ready, skilled and loyal workforce
  • A cost-effective hiring and training solution

An apprentice also brings a great deal of value to their employer, including:

  • A loyal future employee, eager to learn, grow and help your business
  • Receiving the most up-to-date training, both in classroom learning and practical, hands-on skills
  • A ‘blank slate’ to be specifically trained in your company’s culture, processes and technologies
  • New talent to secure the future of your skills base

What skills will an apprentice bring?

Manufacturing and engineering apprentices bring a wide range of skills to their employer. This what a typical apprenticeship programme with EEF looks like:


Find out more about the training and skills apprentices receive at the EEF Training Centre.


Are there funding opportunities available?

Taking on an apprentice is typically more cost effective than bringing in skilled workers, and because former apprentices tend to be more loyal, your business can benefit from savings in both recruitment and training costs over the long-term. The government is also investing heavily in helping businesses start apprenticeship programmes, so your business could be eligible for support.

Apprenticeship Levy

Find out all the latest information and advice on the Apprenticeship Levy.


Starting an apprenticeship programme does require an initial investment of time and resources by an employer, but the long-term benefits are impressive.

  Cost Benefit 
 Salary Up to £210 per full time apprentice per week Less than non-apprentice employee 
 Recruitment Time spent working with EEF to identify skills gaps/apprenticeship opportunities  Opportunity to fill skills gap with trained, loyal future employees 

Apprentice work hours partially allocated for training

Future employee who is fully trained in company-specific skills and standards

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How EEF can help

EEF has worked with thousands of companies like yours to successfully train their apprentices. And because we work with manufacturers every day, we understand what your training needs are. We offer:

  • Expertise and support to develop your customised apprenticeship programme
  • Recruitment support to help you identify and recruit the highest calibre apprentices
  • Guidance and advice on the apprentice skills and qualifications needed for your business
  • On-site apprenticeship training at our world class facility (including a residential option for non-local apprentices) or with our many partners across the UK
  • HR and legal advice in relation to apprentice employment contracts and more

Read more about how EEF can help develop and implement your apprenticeship programme.

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