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Learn how an apprenticeship could maximise your company's potential.

About Us

Greater Lincolnshire Apprenticeships (GLA) is a joint venture between Lincoln College Group (LCG) and the Grimsby Institute Group (GIG).

Our collaboration will give you the service you need to maximise the opportunities created by the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and changes to the way apprenticeships are delivered.

With a combined capacity, range of apprenticeships and more than 200 years’ experience, we represent the largest and most trusted training services in Greater Lincolnshire.

We work with more than 2,000 employers, ranging from small firms to FTSE 100 companies, training 6,000 apprentices a year from entry to degree-level across all sectors.

Our aim is to provide you with high quality, relevant and responsive solutions that are tailored to meet your needs.

Our offer is one of significant added value to your organisation through the high quality training, access to the best candidates from our colleges and partner rates on literacy, numeracy, IT and professional short-course training.


An Apprenticeship is on-the-job training that gives the apprentice, who can be any age over 16, a qualification in their trade or profession while they work for you.

This type of training is great for new recruits, but it can also be used to develop your existing staff from entry level, right up to degree and masters’ level – so even directors and execs can utilise it.

If you are using apprenticeships for current staff there is no requirement for your employees to be referred to as apprentices – they are simply completing a company training programme.

What are the benefits?

A wealth of national research demonstrates that apprenticeship training is a cost effective solution that evokes staff loyalty, increased productivity, innovation and growth.

How do they work?

Apprentices work for you but are released for qualification training on a day, or block basis. This training may take place in one of our colleges, or in your business.

Depending on the type of apprenticeship, it can last between 12 and 42-months.

If you are looking for new recruits we can source high quality candidates for you and even sift and interview, if this is what you require.

What are your responsibilities?

Apprentices must be employed by you and have a contract of employment with the same T&Cs as the rest of your staff.

You will need to employ the apprentice for the minimum duration of the Apprenticeship.

They must be paid minimum of the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage and be paid for on and off the job training.

Apprentices must receive a full induction to the role and be supported by a ‘mentor’ or ‘buddy’ in the workplace.

How much will it cost?

If you are a large firm with a wage bill over £3m you will pay the Apprenticeship Levy (hyperlink to read more). This is a tax that will be converted to digital credits to spend on apprenticeship training. We will negotiate a price with you.

Businesses with more than 50 employees and a payroll below £3m will pay 10 per cent of the cost (either upfront or on a finance plan) with 90% coming from the Government.

Any apprentices taken on or before May 1st, 2017 will be subject to terms and conditions agreed when they started.

Organisations with 49 or less employees Do not pay for apprenticeship training if the apprentice is under 19-years-old.

All employers will receive a £1,000 payment for employing an apprentice under the age of 19.

Greater Lincolnshire Apprenticeships’ ethos is to listen to your needs and build solutions to meet them.

Our starting point will be training needs analysis and workforce planning consultancy.

Once we have established your needs we will build a package of apprenticeship training, with flexibility on how, where and when it is delivered to suit your business.

You may want to bring fresh talent into your organisation, upskill your current people or even succession-plan by training your next generation of leaders – all of this is possible through apprenticeships.

If you have niche training needs, we will develop new apprenticeships to cater for them and blend different types of training to ensure all of your requirements are covered.

If you require a high volume of specialist training we will lean on our experience in creating micro-colleges within Lincoln College Group and the Grimsby institute Group.

This approach ensures a steady stream of high-quality candidates to progress into your GLA apprentices.

Our selection processes are rigorous, with a focus on literacy, numeracy, communication skills and leadership potential.

Apprenticeships in England are changing significantly.

As a result of government reforms, new Apprenticeship Standards, designed to reflect specific job roles, are being introduced to meet the needs of employers better.

The reforms also involve changes to the way apprenticeships are funded and paid for, putting employers in the driving seat to negotiate a fair deal on high quality training.

The Apprenticeship Levy – Employers with a wage bill over £3m

In simple terms this is a tax on employers with an annual wage bill of more than £3m, designed to encourage investment in apprenticeship training.

These firms will pay the tax at a rate of 0.5 per cent of their wage bill and will receive an equivalent allowance in digital credits via the Digital Apprenticeship Service to spend on apprenticeship training.

If this applies to you we will help you register your firm and guide you through this process.

All employers will receive a £1,000 payment for employing an apprentice under the age of 19.

Funding and payment changes for smaller firms

If you do not qualify to pay the Levy, you will not need to use the Digital Apprenticeship Service to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment until at least 2018.

In the meantime you can agree a price with us (to be paid either upfront, or on a finance plan).

The Government will cover 90 per cent of the cost and ask you to make a 10 per cent contribution.

The government will fund 100 per cent of the cost of apprenticeship training for 16-18 year-olds for businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

All employers will receive a £1,000 payment for employing an apprentice under the age of 19.

New Apprenticeship Standards

These are a new type of apprenticeship that are gradually replacing the old ones, known as ‘frameworks’.

They are designed to better reflect the needs of employers by aligning training to specific jobs instead of broad career choices.

They will develop greater job-specific knowledge, skills and behaviours and the way they are assessed will be more rigorous.

The standards also place more emphasis on literacy and numeracy skills.

Changes to assessment in apprenticeships

Traditionally apprenticeships have been assessed continuously throughout the life of the training programme. This is changing to end-point assessment carried out by an independent organisation.

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