Apprenticeships have changed considerably over the years and are now a viable option for employers to not only develop their future workforce but to train, develop and retain their existing staff, whether in an entry level position or a senior leader.

Used correctly, apprenticeships can play a key role in supporting and growing your business, equipping your employees with the most up to date skills and knowledge which can be applied immediately in their job role. 

"At Plumpton College we are proud of the local and national partnerships we have built over the years with a diverse range of employers, both micro and multinational. Helping their businesses to grow through the delivery of specialist land-based apprenticeship programmes." 

- Dan Karlsson, Head of Account Management, Plumpton College. 


With Plumpton College as your training partner your business will receive access to: 

  • A specialist not generalist apprenticeship provider 

  • Industry experienced trainers 

  • Leading training facilities 

  • National reach with a local touch 

  • Free recruitment service 

  • Consultative approach and tailored delivery 

Setting up an apprenticeship programme is simple but often seems confusing. Whether you’re taking on an apprentice for the first time, or are a large apprenticeship levy paying employer, our experienced business account managers are on hand to make the process as easy as possible. 

Get in touch by calling  01273 892127 or email us:  


Are you looking to recruit a new member of staff?  

At Plumpton we can help you recruit an apprentice or develop your future pipeline of staff by providing a free apprenticeship recruitment service. The support we offer is designed to help you find the right person for your business, providing a comprehensive and bespoke service based on your particular needs. We like to keep things simple to make the process as easy as possible. 

  1. Finding the right candidate for your company is key. We work with you to identify what you’re looking for in a candidate and the job opportunity you have to offer 
  2. Advertise your vacancy on the Government’s ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ website, on targeted job sites and our own Plumpton College recruitment page. We will promote to our Plumpton Candidate Talent Bank and across our wide-reaching social media channels.  
  3. We will screen the initial applications based on your shortlisting criteria and forward a select number for you to consider. 
  4. Once you have interviewed your shortlisted candidates we will provide your feedback to those who have been unsuccessful. 
  5. If you are looking to recruit a larger number of apprentices (5+) we can even run a bespoke assessment day for you. 

To find out more about how Plumpton College can support you in recruiting their right apprentice get in touch by calling 01273 892127 or email 

Frequently Asked Questions


We hope the information on this page will provide answers to your apprenticeship questions however if not our business account managers are on hand to answer any questions you might have. Please get in touch by calling 01273 892127 or email

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job with training. Through their apprenticeship, your apprentice will gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills and behaviours they need for their immediate job and future career. They gain this through formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise these new skills while in the workplace. 

What is off-the-job training?

Off-the-job training is defined as training which is received by your apprentice, during their normal paid working hours, for the purpose of achieving their apprenticeship. It is a condition of the apprenticeship that your apprentice will spend a minimum of 20% of their normal paid working hours completing off-the-job training. It is not on-the-job training which is training received by the apprentice for the sole purpose of enabling the apprentice to perform the work for which they have been employed.  

Who can do an apprenticeship?

Anyone over the age of 16 who has the right to work in the UK. An apprenticeship can benefit any employee whether they’re taking their first steps into full time employment or have already been working for some time. A new recruit or an existing employee can benefit from developing their knowledge and skills via an apprenticeship. 

How much should I pay my apprentice?

How much you pay your apprentice is up to you. Every apprentice must be paid a lawful wage no less than the National Minimum Wage for the time they are in work and in off-the-job training. Current wage rate information can be found HERE.  

You may wish to pay more than minimum wage to attract and retain the best talent for your business, and wages often go up as skills develop. If you would like an existing employee to go onto an Apprenticeship training programme, they should continue to receive their current rate of pay and their contract with you wouldn’t need to change. 

How often will my apprentice attend college?

This depends on the apprenticeship programme your apprentice is enrolled on. This could range from one day a week or fortnight to block release (a number of weeks a year). We will work with to decide how the off-the-job training will be delivered. In addition to college attendance, regular face to face or remote workplace reviews between your apprentice, their designated workplace mentor or line manager and the college will take place.

How long does an apprenticeship last?

This depends on which apprenticeship programme your apprentice is enrolled on and their existing skills, knowledge and behaviours. An apprenticeship must provide for a practical period of training that lasts for a minimum duration of 12 months. The minimum duration of an apprenticeship is based on your apprentice working at least 30 hours a week, including any off-the-job training they undertake. 

How is an apprentice assessed?

An apprentice’s progression will be tracked throughout their apprenticeship. Course work, professional discussions and assessments will take place during their learning period with certain apprenticeships requiring the completion of specific qualifications. Your apprentice may also be required to complete maths and English (functional skills) qualifications if they do not have prior attainment.

At the end of the learning period your apprentice will complete an end point assessment with each programme having a slightly different requirement. This could include a written exam, interview or oral assessment on the content of an apprentice’s portfolio, production of a show piece, observed practice in the workplace or a simulation exercise.

Can the college help me recruit someone?

Absolutely! There are a number of ways we can support you with recruiting an apprentice. Visit our Apprentice Recruitment Support page (add a link) or speak to our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team on 01273 892127 for further information on our free service.  

How much does an apprenticeship cost?

A benefit of engaging with apprenticeships is that the majority of your apprentice’s training and assessment is Government funded via the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS). The amount you pay depends on the apprenticeship programme, the number of staff you employ, the age of your apprentice and whether they have any prior skills or knowledge relevant to the apprenticeship programme. If you're an employer with a pay bill (PAYE) of more than £3 million each year your apprentice’s training cost will be covered via your apprenticeship levy. 

What apprenticeships do Plumpton College offer?

Plumpton College is a leading land-based college, our offer might be smaller than a general further education college but that’s because we only deliver apprenticeships in areas in which we specialise in. From Arboriculture to Viticulture or Land based Service Engineering to Veterinary Nursing we have a broad range of land-based apprenticeships available. To review our full offer please visit our Apprenticeships page.


The Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) is the online portal for a business looking to engage with apprenticeships.

It will allow you to reserve apprenticeship funding, select and manage apprenticeship programmes, advertise apprenticeship vacancies and provide real time feedback on the quality of the training your apprentice is receiving. It is your one stop shop for all things apprenticeships. 

Our knowledgeable Business Account Managers are on hand to provide a step by step guide on how to set up and utilise the service to your advantage. Please get in touch by calling 01273 892127 or email 

To create your account is simple however you will be required to provide some information about your business. For a step by step video guide please click HERE 

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