Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes which are designed around the needs of employers. This nationally recognised qualification can be used to train both new and existing employees. With most of the training ‘on the job’ at your premises it is ideal for small businesses. Additional training is provided to apprentices by local colleges or by a specialist trainers. Grants are also currently available to small businesses which will pay up to £1,500 if they haven’t taken on an apprentice in the last 12 months and now do so (up to a maximum of 10 apprentices).