Nelson and Colne College: What are the benefits of Apprenticeships?

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With the launch of the new Apprenticeship Levy in Spring 2017, it is now more crucial than ever to support the national drive for Apprenticeship growth, but what are the benefits of Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are a cost-effective way for businesses to gain skilled and qualified staff, ensuring they have up-to-date training, qualifications and industry standards.

Apprenticeships can be used to address skills shortages and help to build succession planning and future workforce development, resulting in enhanced business performance overall.

The offer of Apprenticeships is a great way for employers to attract and motivate employees, too.

Nelson and Colne College’s director of apprenticeships, Barbara Livesey, said: “There has never been a better time to employ an Apprentice or start an Apprenticeship.

“Hiring Apprentices is a productive and effective way for businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce with 83 per cent of employers stating that they would recommend Apprenticeships to other businesses.”

The average Apprenticeship completer increases business productivity by £214 per week, with these gains including increased profits, lower prices and better products.

Apprenticeships are available across a range of sectors, including: Accountancy, Beauty, Business Administration, Catering and Hospitality, Childcare, Engineering and many more.

Barbara added: “Nelson and Colne College is committed to helping businesses across the county and beyond stay ahead of the competition through a bespoke Apprenticeship and training offer, and has been named among the best 16-18 training providers in the UK.”

In addition to delivering training that suits your business requirements, Nelson and Colne College offers a range of services to make the process simpler and more effective, including a Talent Matching service for sourcing new employees, assistance with levy application, and help building workforce development strategies.


Nelson and Colne College is an ‘outstanding’ FE College, based in Barrowford. Nelson and Colne College offers a wide range of outstanding Apprenticeship programmes and training services to individuals and businesses across East Lancashire. It recently celebrated being named among the top in the country for Apprenticeship success.

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