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DBC Training is a multi award-winning apprenticeship training provider, having been awarded the AAC Business & Administration Apprenticeship Provider of the Year in 2020 and 2018. We offer apprenticeships ranging from level 2 to level 5 across many sectors providing a great range of sector choice.

Apprenticeship programmes are a great way to enhance your existing talent development plans or people strategy. Many businesses are working closely with DBC Training to offer workforce development and upskilling opportunities to their existing employees as well as an attraction tool for bringing new talent into the business.

For those employers looking at early careers and recruitment, there are a number of incentives available to support the creating of new apprenticeship opportunities.


With 20 years’ experience in delivering Apprenticeships and Traineeships, DBC is supporting employers to understand the range of incentives available and how they can benefit their organisation.

The apprenticeship incentives scheme provides a cash boost for businesses to help to grow your talent and create new opportunities for young people to start their career, or re-skill for growth jobs and industries.

What incentives are available?

From the 1st April 2021, employers who take on a new apprentice – of any age – can claim a grant of £3000. Incentives to hire an apprentice are available until September 2021 with employers able to claim: 


  • £3,000 per new hire, regardless of the apprentice’s age 

  • £4,000 per new hire, for apprentices aged 16 to 18 (and those under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan)


What is the Apprenticeship Levy?

Introduced in 2017, the Apprenticeship Levy is a funding system for businesses with an annual wage bill greater than £3m. Each new Apprentice will have access to approved professional development courses and qualifications.

This is taken, at source, by HMRC and is based on your organisations payroll. If your annual wage bill exceeds £3m you will pay 0.5% each month into your apprenticeship levy account where you can then use it to fund apprenticeship training from an approved provider.

Your funds are accessible via your Digital Apprenticeship Service account and will expire 24 months after the first contribution has been made. For example, a contribution made in April 2017 will 'expire' after 24 months and no longer be available for you to use.


DBC Training can support you with navigating the Apprenticeship Levy


If you contribute to the Apprenticeship Levy, then DBC Training can help you understand how the programmes and system works.


The following is a breakdown of how we will support you in maximising your Levy funds in support of your overall talent management plans and people strategy  –


  • Guidance and support with your Digital Account

  • Evaluation of funds available and monthly spend expectations

  • Review of current internal development/training programmes

  • Assess current workforce training needs and future skills gaps

  • Create bespoke proposals of training delivery to support talent succession planning

  • Support with recruitment into early careers and apprenticeship training programmes

  • Tailored reporting – Finances and Learner progression

  • Management of 25% Apprentice Levy transfer where applicable

  • Guidance with additional government funding streams and access to local funding


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Our complimentary recruitment service

At DBC Training we offer a full recruitment package to support you in bringing a new apprentice into your business. This allows us to support you from end-to-end with a holistic service that means you can focus on your business while we work on your behalf.

We start by understanding what you are looking for from an apprentice including the skills you need, the prior experience you would like a candidate to have and also your plans for their career development.

Once we have discussed your needs we begin our recruitment process which includes advertising, screening and shortlisting candidates from multiple sources who meet your requirements. We work closely with you to provide a shortlist of high-quality candidates who are all looking to benefit from an apprenticeship and arrange interviews with you. From there, you have the final say in recruiting a new apprentice to support your organisation. 


The benefits of hiring an Apprentice


  • Employing an apprentice is a highly cost-effective way to increase your workforce. Studies have shown that over 80% of businesses that employed apprentices found their productivity had increased as a result.

  • Improve your organisation’s skills base. Government statistics indicate that skills shortages remain one of the biggest threats to UK businesses and UK PLC productivity. Apprentices’ bring new ideas and a range of skills that do enhance certain skill gaps and this means they can take on a wider range of tasks and responsibilities.

  • As well as helping you to gain the right kind of skills you need for your business by employing an apprentice, it can also aid staff retention, providing you with skilled, highly motivated staff for the future as 74% of companies surveyed said that apprentices are more loyal, committed and motivated.

  • Incentives to employers for offering an apprenticeship position including reductions on NI contributions and access to additional government funding.

  • All training and support will be managed by DBC Training, so both learner and employer have a dedicated person to turn to for advice.