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Want to employ an apprentice?

We will:

Advertise your vacancy on the National Apprenticeships website, this Sigta website and social media.

Select the most suitable candidates and invite them to attend an initial assessment.

Build an individual apprenticeship programme for your learner incorporating Standards which have replaced NVQ frameworks as new qualifications become available.

Advise and help with enrolment on the most suitable college courses for day release where required.

Monitor and assess your apprentice towards their qualifications through regular visits from your Sigta Training Officer.

Give feedback on progress (both at college and in the workplace) towards targets.

Provide grants towards training costs for eligible persons.

For further info call David on 07710 148376 or email david@sigta.co.uk

Click the button to find out more about how we promote apprenticeships

Employing an apprentice

If you are considering employing an apprentice, we can help you find the right person and access funding where available towards your training costs.

We advertise your vacancy on the National apprenticeships website as well as through our own website & facebook. All applicants are then screened for location, qualifications, interests and areas in which they wish to be employed and from this, we supply you with a short list of candidates.


We also run an aptitude assessment for all applicants and pass this information on to you to help with your selection. This helps establish the level of qualification they can work towards.

For technical roles, we assess your candidates in:

  • Information Technology
  • Literacy
  • Mechanical Reasoning
  • Numeracy
  • Principles of Measurement
  • Spatial Relationships
  • Understanding Electrical Principles

Our assessment software produces a report for you like this:

For office based roles, the assessment is geared towards, English, maths, communications, problem solving, ICT skills and so on.

Assessments can be held at your site if you prefer, so that you can meet your candidates and carry out a short interview.

You can then invite back the applicants who are the most suitable for a more in depth meeting.

GCSE Grades

Just a reminder of the equivalents between the old GCSE grading system and the current one.


Once you have made a job offer and your apprentice is in place, you will receive ongoing support through regular visits from your Sigta Training Officer throughout the programme. We cover engineering (mechanical, welding and fabrication, electronics, electrical & plant maintenance), business & administration and manufacturing , providing comprehensive support during all stages of the apprenticeship process.

We can help you with:

  • Recruitment and selection
  • Development of Individual Learning Plans
  • Facilitation of on-the-job training
  • College day-release
  • Training reviews and action planning
  • Assessment of qualifications in the workplace
  • Certification of achievement
  • Reducing costs through the use of government funding, where applicable

Apprenticeship Standards meet the needs of employers

Apprenticeships have changed with the introduction of new qualifications. Apprenticeship Standards have replaced the old frameworks. It is important that we agree the Apprenticeship Standard to be used and select the modules that will line up with the role prior to the apprentice starting the programme. This way you will have a clear training plan to ensure that the apprentice acquires the skills needed for your business as well as the learning goals to pass their end point assessment. Please click the button below to find out more.

The Apprenticeship Levy

This will affect employers in all sectors. The levy will only be paid on annual paybills (paye) in excess of £3 million, and so less than 2% of UK employers will pay it. If your company is part of a group of UK based companies and the total payroll is under £3 million, you will not be a levy paying company.

The Apprenticeship Levy is a levy on UK employers to fund new apprenticeships. In England, control of apprenticeship funding will be put in the hands of employers through the Digital Apprenticeship Service. The levy will be charged at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s paybill. It will was introduced in April 2017.

Your account to manage apprenticeships

Every Company needs to register and set up an account to get funding for their apprentices. You only need to register your Company once. Each new apprentice can then be added to your account so that you can obtain funding for the duration of the programme.

As part of our service we are very happy to guide you through if you need help in setting up your account.

Some links if you would like more information:

Once you have created your employer account, you will need to reserve funding for the apprenticeship programme. This only applies to smaller, non-levy paying employers.

You will be asked:

  • The Apprenticeship Standard that your apprentice will be working towards (for example Business Administrator ST0070 Level 3)
  • The month that your apprentice will be starting work
  • The Training Provider you will be working with (SIGTA Ltd and our PRN Number is 10005839 if this is required)

Click on the button below for more information on reserving funding. There is a short video explaining things too.

Sigta Ofsted Inspection

‘Sigta can help your business find and support you though the transition and growth of your business, it’s a great opportunity to employ young people who are starting their careers, an apprenticeship program will ensure you have staff in key positions that understand your business from the bottom up, it makes a real difference!’

Sean Winter, Operations Manager, Hanover Displays, Lewes.

Contact David Underwood

m: 07710 148376

e: david@sigta.co.uk

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