Information for Employers

Training an apprentice through Steve Willis Training Centres could be the answer to your staffing needs, now and for the future of your business.

You select the apprentice who joins your business to make sure they are a good fit, enthusiastic and hard working. You'll train them on the job to meet the needs of your business for four days each week, while they work towards their Gas, Plumbing or Electrical qualifications. They will study one day a week at our specialist training centres with experienced teaching staff and fully equipped workshops and classrooms. 

You’ll find it a cost effective staffing option as there can be grants available of up to £1500 per apprentice, and you don’t have to pay Class 1 National Insurance Contributions if your apprentice is under 25.  If they are aged 16-18 registration, training and assessment for our apprenticeships is free, with government discounts of up to 50% available for older apprentices.  You’ll need to employ your apprentice for a minimum of 30 hours a week and pay at least the minimum wage.

Why choose Steve Willis Training for your Apprentice?

You'll be sure to get the candidate who's right for you - you will choose your newest employee.

Steve Willis Training Centres run Assessment Days for would-be apprentices; this includes a trade selection test process to ensure they have the academic potential to complete their apprenticeship, and a 1:1 interview to ensure they have the right attitude for us to recommend them to an employer. 

Successful candidates are rewarded with a SWT ‘Certificate of Recommendation’ offering them a position to start their apprenticeship at Steve Willis Training Centres; subject to employment in the forthcoming academic year (typically September).

If you already have a potential apprentice in mind they can also attend one of our Assessment Days and the results will be fed back to you. Our service can also include advertising your vacancy and managing applicants to your requirements, before you choose who to interview - if you prefer, you can even come along to the Initial Assessment Days.


Call 01444 870860 / 02392 190190 or email for more information.

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