Information for Employers


What apprenticeships are available through University College Birmingham? 

  • Bakery
  • Business and Administration
  • Butchery
  • Chef
  • Childcare and Early Years
  • Customer Service
  • Food and Drink Service
  • Hairdressing
  • Health and Social Care
  • Hospitality
  • Marketing
  • Sport
  • Travel and Tourism

Why should you take on an apprentice? 

  • Apprenticeships improve staff motivation and business performance.
  • Employees taking apprenticeships feel more valued, leading to improved confidence, loyalty and business productivity.
  • Apprenticeship qualifications are designed with the help of employers so they include skills and knowledge an apprentice can use immediately for the benefit of the business.
  • Appointing an apprentice lowers external recruitment costs – it is more cost effective than recruiting additional staff to cover a skills shortage.
  • It will enhance your corporate image – customers, potential employees and other stakeholders will recognise you invest in the training and development of your staff.
  • It will improve working conditions – the Apprenticeship Framework promotes good practice in health and safety, increases familiarity with new legislation and boosts quality standards.
  • You will benefit from government help because all training costs are covered. Employing an apprentice is a cost effective way to boost staff skills and help individuals realise their potential.

Why should you choose University College Birmingham as an apprenticeship provider? 

  •  UCB will allocate you a dedicated apprenticeship adviser to liaise with you while the apprentice completes their qualification.
  • Our flexible approach ensures the process of employing an apprentice is straight-forward and will benefit, not disrupt, your business.
  • Apprentices have the opportunity to progress through the qualification levels. They can potentially look to start an undergraduate course at UCB in the future.

What is the Apprenticeship Framework? 

All qualifications are delivered against an Apprenticeship Framework, which consists of these elements: 

  • Usually a Level 2 or Level 3 qualification.
  • Technical knowledge qualifications.
  • Functional skills in English and maths.
  • Personal learning and thinking skills.
  • Employment rights & responsibilities.
  • Employment and training.

How long does an apprenticeship take?

Typically 12-24 months but it can be three years. 

How does an apprenticeship compare with other qualifications?

Level 2 apprenticeships are equivalent to five GCSE passes, Level 3 apprenticeships are equivalent to two A-Level passes and Level 4 and 5 are equivalent to a higher education certificate, higher education diploma or a foundation degree.

How do I take on an apprentice for my business?

If you have a vacancy and want to employ an apprentice, there are a number of steps to complete: 

  • Filling your vacancy: UCB will work with you to promote and fill your apprenticeship vacancy. All potential candidates will be interviewed by UCB and suitable applicant details will be forwarded to you for consideration. 
  • Training costs, hours of work, holiday and pay: Employers may be eligible for a £1,500 apprenticeship grant. The grants are designed to help small to medium-sized businesses recruit new apprentices aged 16 to 24. Employers can claim support for up to 10 apprentices. The grants are in addition to any apprenticeship training costs the employer might get – and they don't have to be paid back. The Government provides the funds to cover the full cost of the mandatory training required to complete the framework for an apprentice aged 16-18. The amount depends on the sector and the age of the apprentice: aged 16 to 18 – 100% of cost paid; aged 19 and above – 50% of cost paid.
  • Hours of work: All Apprentices must work for 16-40 hours per week. 
  • Holiday: Like most other employees, apprentices must be given at least 20 days paid holiday per year as well as bank holidays. 
  • Pay: Apprentices get paid at least the current minimum apprenticeship wage, see Many employers do pay much higher rates than the national minimum for apprenticeships.

General Information

Equal opportunities:

University College Birmingham is committed to promoting equal opportunities regardless of: age; disability; gender; gender reassignment; marriage or civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion and beliefs; sexual orientation; or socio-economic background. 

Sickness Absence:

The statutory sick pay procedures will apply to apprentices. A doctor's certificate will be required for absences of eight days or more. Other absences should be in accordance with

the employer's terms and conditions outlined in the contract of employment. 

Health and safety

Health and safety is relevant to everyone in the workplace but young people are particularly

vulnerable to accidents. Before a young person comes to your premises, they will have received some training in health and safety at work. They will have an understanding of the common risks in your industry and how to work safely. 

Apprentices will have been told the most important rule for working safely is to listen to, and comply with, instructions from their employer. If you ask an apprentice to do a job for you, they will look to you to provide instructions on how to do the job safely. 

The young person's training so far will have provided them with a basic understanding of the risks associated with fire, lifting and carrying equipment, and electricity. 

We will need to monitor health and safety to ensure standards are met and maintained throughout the apprenticeship. 

(Applicable area of law: Health & Safety at Work Act 1974)

The Apprenticeship Charter

The training and development of an apprentice is a three-way partnership between the employer, the apprentice and University College Birmingham.

The Apprenticeship Charter outlines the responsibilities of all three parties. Everyone must agree to adhere to the guidelines. 

Contact us: 

If you are interested in apprenticeships at UCB and would like to talk to someone, you can contact us:

By telephone: 0121 232 4091 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)

By email:  

Download the 'Employer Guide to Apprenticeships and Traineeships' (PDF)