Did you know there are more than 18,300 Apprentices working across Cheshire and Warrington which is 25% higher than the England average?

We want it to become the norm for young people to consider an Apprenticeship as a valid and respected route to a rewarding, well paid career.

University isn’t the right choice for everyone, even students with A or B grades. Did you know Apprenticeships are now available in more than 1,500 job roles from nuclear to fashion, and from banking to defence?

An Apprenticeship is a real job with training, providing the opportunity to earn whilst learning and getting recognised qualifications.

Higher and degree apprenticeships are widening access to all sorts of  professions and providing the higher level technical skills employers need to improve productivity and give young people an equally valid career route as going to university full-time.

A new campaign – Get In Go Far – has been designed to encourage more employers, young people and their parents to recognise Apprenticeships as a valid and credible route to a rewarding career. Visit to find out more.

We were recently commissioned by the Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership to produce some videos of Apprentices and their employers to understand more about their respective views on the benefits and opportunities of the programme.  You can watch a summary below and the full interviews here.


2018-19 Apprenticeship Directory

Later this summer we will be publishing the first Apprenticeship Directory for Cheshire East and we would like you to be part of it too! We are offering a free page to any employer who currently employs Apprentices. Find out more here

Top Ten Apprenticeship Facts

  1. There are, on average, 23,000 apprenticeship opportunities listed on the find an apprenticeship website every month.
  2. Apprenticeship participation now stands at a record level – there were 491,300 apprenticeship starts in the 2016 to 2017 academic year of which 121,250 (24.6%) were under 19.
  3. More than 2,600 employers are involved in designing the new apprenticeships standards.
  4. Over 510 apprenticeship standards have been published or in development, with over 165 ready for delivery.
  5. There are currently 100 higher and degree apprenticeships available, with more in development, including foundation degrees, HNDs and full honours degrees. These include job roles ranging from legal services to banking and engineering.
  6. Higher apprentices could earn £150,000 more on average over their lifetime compared to those with level 3 vocational qualifications.
  7. 36% of higher apprentices report getting a promotion after completing their apprenticeship.
  8. Almost 9 out of every 10 apprenticeship employer hoping to achieve business benefits tell us that apprenticeships deliver.
  9. 87% of employers said they were satisfied with the programme, 76% say that productivity has improved and 75% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service.
  10. Apprenticeships have helped to train 7% more females into STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) roles.

Source: Education and Skills Funding Agency

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