Apprentices can deliver real, measurable benefits – filling your skills gaps while boosting your organisation’s efficiency and competitiveness. They are a cost-effective way to invest in your future managers, increase business growth and attract new talent. Apprentices are widely regarded as eager, reliable and loyal – and you can train them to suit your own workplace procedures and systems.

Our tradition of excellence

One of the largest colleges in the country, we are committed to helping employers invest in a more professional, skilled and sustainable workforce for the future. We pride ourselves on delivering effective skills solutions for employers – and apprenticeships form an important part of that work. We have a wealth of expertise in helping to recruit and train apprentices for vital roles across diverse industry sectors. In 2015-16 alone, we supported around 2,200 apprentices – and their employers – to achieve their goals.

Benefits for your business

With apprenticeships you can:

  • Improve your organisation’s productivity and performance through better trained staff
  • Solve your staff recruitment and retention problems in an affordable way
  • Recruit to your own job specifications
  • Shape and mould a person to your own business requirements
  • Benefit from flexible training which dovetails with your working schedules and business needs

Understanding the Levy

The Apprenticeship Levy requires all employers operating in the UK which have an annual payroll bill in excess of £3 million to make an investment by training apprentices.

This will bring our country into line with other modern economies, where the co-funding of apprenticeships by the interested parties – the employer and the government – is already the standard model.

The Apprenticeship Levy will directly fund apprenticeship training programmes, with the aim of increasing the number of people in apprenticeships to 3 million by 2020. It means employers can take control of – and benefit from – a further £3 billion that will be added to the apprenticeship pot over the course of the next five years.

For more information on the levy, please visit

Our support

We will support employers to maximise their return on investment. Our dedicated Business Consultants can provide you and your organisation with the expertise to guide you effortlessly through the new system.

We Offer:

  • Advice and guidance on the levy
  • Training needs analysis
  • Workforce planning and support
  • Recruitment service for new apprentices
  • Upskilling and reskilling of existing staff

More than 100,000 employers, in over 160,000 workplaces currently use Apprenticeships to attract new talent, re-skill existing staff and tackle skill shortages. Derby College Apprenticeships are available to businesses of all sizes and from all sectors.


Levy Apprenticeship Brochure (PDF)

Employer Brochure (PDF)

Industry Sector Construction (PDF)

Industry Sector Engineering (PDF)

Industry Sector Generic (PDF)

Industry Sector Hair and Beauty (PDF)

Industry Sector Health Social Care (PDF)

Industry Sector Hospitality and Catering (PDF)

Industry Sector ICT Digital and Computer Science (PDF)

Industry Sector Land based Industries (PDF)

Industry Sector Professional Education Training and Development (PDF)

Industry Sector Retail (PDF)

Industry Sector Sport (PDF)

If you would like to build a sustainable, well skilled workforce with no recruitment cost and receive highly effective training and support.

Contact our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team via the information below:

Email our business development consultant

Telephone: (01332) 387421

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Are you looking for affordable and motivated Hospitality staff?

We can provide you with hospitality staff to cover casual shifts, flexible hours from our enthusiastic and employable student cohort. We already work with a number of large hospitality and event organisations in Derby to supply them with staff in the following areas:

  • Bar Staff – must be age 18+
  • Drink Service – Bar to table service
  • Glass collectors – Tables and pre drinks bar
  • Food service - Waiting on Tables
  • Event set up – preparing venue for service
  • Kitchen work – preparing food
  • Porters – in kitchen
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