HSDC is an outstanding local provider of high quality apprenticeships. We can help all organisations, large or small, to build a skilled workforce through the wide ranging apprenticeship programmes we deliver.

We give an outstanding service to help businesses to recruit, train and up-skill staff throughout our local region. We work with a wide range of employers to offer links across sectors to provide a range of bespoke solutions to your training needs.

Every apprenticeship is a real job with training to develop industry expected skills. It is recommended apprentices work for a minimum of 30 hours per week. If less than 30 hours per week, the length of the training increases. An apprenticeship can last between one year and six years depending on the level. Apprenticeships range from a level 2 (GCSE) to a level 7 (Masters degree).

Apprentices are now able to achieve degree level qualifications without the debt associated with traditional Higher Education. Almost anyone aged 16 or over can become an apprentice. Even adults with a degree can now retrain in a subject that is significantly different to their degree.


Depending on the size of the organisation depends on the funding. For example, organisations with a payroll that exceeds £3million pay a 0.5% levy which will fund their apprenticeships. Below this payroll the employer will co-invest 10% of the training costs, the government will co-invest the remaining 90% of the funding fees.

HSDC has funding available to train and support your business to grow through accredited co-funded courses.

An apprentice can add a great deal of value to your business, when you hire an apprentice you will:

  • Improve your productivity
  • Create your workforce for the future
  • Increase the skills of your entire workforce
  • Recruit from our bank of over 4,000 talented young people
  • See a genuine return on your investment
  • Bring new skills into your organisation

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