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Franklin College engages in a number of apprenticeships with companies throughout the area. 

The areas that we currently focus on are Business and Admin, Accounting, Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools and Working with Children and Young People. We also offer traineeships to young people looking to gain valuable work experience, combined with some useful qualifications. An Apprenticeship is a great way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future. Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. You can use Apprenticeships to train both new and existing employees moving into a new or changed job role and need to learn new skills. Funding for apprenticeships is changing significantly from 1st May 2017. Further details of this below.

Apprenticeship Programmes

Business and Admin - For those carrying out admin duties including using IT, document production, handling post, filing, using office machines etc.

Supporting teaching and learning in schools - This apprenticeship develops the skills and knowledge needed to provide effective support for teachers and pupils as part of learning programmes. It also covers the development of children and young people and working effectively with colleagues. Available at level 2 and level 3.

Accounting (AAT) - Ideal for anyone who wishes to start a career in accounting or finance. Can also be used for existing staff developing their role to the next level or moving to a different area of the business. Available at level 2 and level 3.

Children and Young People’s Workforce This apprenticeship is the first step to a career in child care for children 4 and under. You will build the knowledge and skills needed when working under supervision with children and young people from birth to 4 years of age. CYPW qualification for level 2 apprenticeship and EYE qualification for level 3 apprenticeship. 

Apprenticeship case studies

Josh - YARA UK Ltd

Yara UK Limited, Head Office based on the Europarc in Grimsby, are world leaders in fertilizer and crop nutrition programmes.  Helen, the HR Manager at Yara asked us to advertise for an Accounting Apprentice for them to start in September 2017.  They were keen to give a young person a chance to nurture and grow within the business and progress within the finance department. 

Josh, a former Franklin College student, was successful at interview and is now a part of the finance team at Yara.  As part of his accounting apprenticeship he attends college one afternoon and evening each week to become qualified in AAT accounting at level 2.  Josh says ‘I hope to progress on to level 3 next year and carve out a career for myself at Yara.  I am very grateful to Yara for such a wonderful opportunity’.

Melanie Bryant-Moate, Josh’s line manager, says ‘it’s great to have an apprentice as part of the team because in addition to offering a young person a fantastic career opportunity, the Finance team has the opportunity to have an active role in developing and moulding the future workforce to meet the business’s needs.

Eloise - TrailerTrans

Eloise recently joined TrailerTrans (Europe) Ltd as a business administration apprentice through Franklin College.  Jon, the owner/manager at TrailerTrans had taken on an apprentice previously and saw what a great way this was to develop a young person.  TrailerTrans specialise in providing daily full load and part load transport to and from Northern Germany and offer a Worldwide Freight Forwarding service. Eloise has been part of the team now for 3 months and enjoys her new job very much.

Jon, her boss says ‘Eloise has quickly become a very welcome member of our team, she has settled in well, and has quickly gained a good understanding of our industry and not shied away from any tasks put in front of her. Taking on an apprentice is a really good way to encourage local, young talent to go directly from education into the workplace. It is a good opportunity for businesses to be able to mould the candidate to suit their needs’.

Grace - Associated Cold Stores & Transport Ltd

Associated Cold Stores & Transport Ltd provide temperature controlled warehousing and distribution for customers throughout the UK.  At their head office in Grimsby they chose to recruit an apprentice from Franklin College to work in their finance department.  Grace, aged 18, was successful at interview and has been part of the team for four months now.  She comes to Franklin College one afternoon and one evening per week to study her AAT accounting certificate as part of her apprenticeship programme.

Department manager Kevin says, “Our managing director is keen to give young people a start in life, and we currently employ nine apprentices in different areas of the company. We were given the opportunity to take on a finance apprentice, and decided that studying AAT would be the ideal solution. We are trying to tailor our in house training to match up with Grace’s studying at college. Grace has fitted into our team very well, and has had a successful start to her studying. We hope this will be the start of a long career with us.”

Grace says, “I wanted to start an apprenticeship after finishing my A-Levels, and I felt it would be more beneficial to learn finance and accounting on the job and gain valuable experience in the office environment as well as going to college to study AAT where there is support in and out of work, which I don’t think you get at university. I chose to apply to a bigger company like ACS&T as there is more opportunity to progress, as well as continued support towards studying and developing my career.”

Amy Todd - Dataplan

Franklin College have a long association with Dataplan Payroll Limited who are part of the Forrester Boyd Group.  A large percentage of the workforce at Dataplan are ex-Franklin students and many apprentices have studied in conjunction with Franklin and worked within the Group.

Amy’s journey started in December 2016 when she secured an apprenticeship as a Payroll administrator at Dataplan through Franklin College.  She successfully completed her apprenticeship in December 2017 and is now employed as a trainee payroll professional. 

Lesley, HR Manager at Dataplan says “apprenticeships are a great way for a student to kick start their career with on the job training while gaining a recognised qualification.  Our apprentices have the opportunity to take further qualifications and become our future professionals”

Amy says “As I am more of a practical learner, I found choosing an apprenticeship the best solution to gain extra knowledge. This has now opened up new opportunities within the company to join other courses and gain more qualifications. Dataplan has a lot to offer for training and boosting skills and I look forward to learning more about my job.”

Lois Norval - Waltham Pre-School

Lois made her own inquiries at Waltham Pre-School in February of 2017 about becoming a childcare apprentice.  Lois had decided that college wasn’t for her but still wanted to get her grades in English and maths GCSE.  Mrs Beal and Mrs Allen, the owners of Waltham Pre-School, had worked with Franklin College before and agreed to employ Lois as an apprentice working in conjunction with Franklin.  A flexible learning programme, combined with working hours was set out for Lois and her apprenticeship began.

Lois says I like being an apprentice, I have learnt a variety of things during my apprenticeship which has widened my childcare knowledge. Working at Waltham Pre-School has definitely helped me complete my childcare course because you see on a daily basis the needs of the children and the role required to work as part of a team.  Not only has working at Waltham Pre-School increased my knowledge but also my confidence.

Mrs Beal/Mrs Allen like apprenticeships because they give young people the chance to get their foot on the ladder of employment, progress in a work setting and gain valuable training.

Lois will complete her level 2 apprenticeship very soon and is considering progressing onto her L3 training.

Functional skills 

English, Maths and ICT functional skills qualifications also form part of the apprenticeship programme. Employer rights and responsibilities and personal learning and thinking skills are also embedded into the frameworks.

New Funding Rules

Rules on how apprenticeships are funded will change from 1st May 2017.  There will be 2 distinct groups that a business will fall under for funding purposes as follows:

Levy Payers - These are companies whose annual wage bill exceeds £3 million.  A levy of 0.5% of the business’s wage bill will be paid via HMRC into that business’s digital apprenticeship account.  The funds are available for 24 months to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment cost with approved apprenticeship providers.

Non-levy payers – These are companies with an annual wage bill less than £3 million.  They will pay a 10% contribution towards the cost of the apprenticeship training eg a L3 apprenticeship in accounting costing £9000, the employer will pay £900.  There is a £1000 incentive for employing a 16-18 year old which applies to all sizes of non-levy paying businesses.  Also, those businesses with fewer than 50 employees will pay no fees for 16-18 year old apprentices.

Apprentice wage costs - The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is £3.40 per hour. Many employers prefer to pay more however, and research shows that the average salary is approx. £180 per week. Apprentices must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week.  Included within this is time spent training.

If you would like to find out more then please get in touch with Andy Doran from our Apprenticeship team on 01472 875011.


6-24 week programmes – 1-3 days a week with an employer on a voluntary work placement (depending on the programme) and up to 1 day per week study at Franklin College.


There are some great benefits to potential trainees. They will gain vital work experience, feedback on performance, a post-placement exit interview and some excellent sessions at Franklin College studying Maths, English, IT and employability skills.


There are potentially huge benefits for employers to take on trainees in the traineeship format. There are no long term commitments. There is free, dedicated support and training from a reputable college and the chance to train and develop a young person into possible employment or an apprenticeship with you.

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