TheLightBulb Apprenticeships

Invest in your existing staff

or recruit new a apprentice

We offer a wide range of opportunities for employers to develop their internal staff or to support in hiring new employees.

Apprenticeships Available

Apprenticeship Levy

Digital Apprenticeship Service

Apprenticeship Catalogue

Supporting an apprentice is a rewarding experience, allowing you to not only shape their future career paths but to ensure that they are trained to work using your own methods and standards.

Let TheLightBulb do the work for you – we can prepare a shortlist of outstanding candidates in the age group you require to meet your job specification, you can then choose the right one for your business and together we can make them shine.

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Invest in your employees

At TheLightBulb, we support businesses with upskilling their own staff through our Apprenticeship programmes.

You can use Apprenticeship training to:

  • – Fill key skill gaps in your business
  • – Boost employee motivation by investing in their development
  • – Improve retention

It will also reduce the cost of recruitment fee’s

Apprenticeships are designed by employers so they reflect the relevant knowledge, skills and behaviour’s that your business needs.

We deliver Apprenticeships in the following:

Content Creator

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Multi-Channel Marketer

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Business Administration

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Team Leader

Customer Service

HR Support

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Learning & Development

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Teaching Assistant

Non - Levy Apprenticeships

You can get help from the government to pay for apprenticeship training. You might also receive an additional payment of £1,000 depending on the apprentice you hire.

What funding you can get

You can get money to go towards the cost of training and assessment. The amount you get depends on whether you pay the apprenticeship levy or not.

What will I have to pay?

You will pay the wages of the apprentice inline with 5% towards the cost of training and assessing your apprentice.

The Government will pay the rest (95%)

Apprenticeship Levy

Employers in all sectors with an annual pay bill over £3 million will pay a levy of 0.5% of their pay bill – but only after the first £3 million.

Employers can use their levy contribution to pay for apprenticeships. The government will top up your levy payment by a further 5%.

If employers do not use the levy to fund apprenticeship training and assessments they will lose it after 24 months.

If you don’t use it, you will lose it!

Employers can use the levy and take advantage of the top-up to train new apprentices or up-skill their existing workforce.

We help and advise employers to select an apprenticeship standard. The government has acted and your funds will be available, we can help you make the most of them. Make sure you use it – don’t lose it.

Key facts about Apprenticeship Levy

I am a business owner; do I need to pay the levy?

The levy is paid by large employers with a pay bill of over £3 million (they pay 0.5% of their total annual pay bill). Currently, only 2% of employers pay the apprenticeship levy, but this funding has helped directly support almost 50% of all apprenticeships in 2017/18.

I am a levy-paying business, how can I access my funds?

Levy-paying employers access their funds through the online apprenticeship service. The funds in their accounts are available to spend on apprenticeship training in England.

Will my levy funds only be spent on apprenticeships?

The levy is there to fund apprenticeship training for all employers. Any unspent levy funds are used to support existing apprentices to complete their training and to pay for apprenticeship training for smaller employers.

Does the levy only help big businesses?

No, not at all. The levy is there to fund apprenticeship training for all employers. Smaller employers – those with a total annual pay bill of less than £3million – pay just 5% of the cost of their apprenticeship training and the Government pays the rest.

I am a business owner and I am struggling to spend my levy funds?

We understand that employers want and need flexibility. To support this the Government extended the amount of time employers have to spend their levy funds from 18 to 24 months. Levy paying employers can now also transfer up to 25% of their Levy funds to other employers.

What happens to unspent levy funds?

Employers have 24 months to use their funds once they enter their apprenticeship service account, after this point, their funds will expire. The funds expire to encourage levy paying employers to invest in high-quality training and assessment and to prevent levy payers from accruing very large balances. However, any unspent levy funds within each financial year are then used to support existing apprentices to complete their training, pay for apprenticeship training for smaller employers and additional payments to support apprentices.

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