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What is an apprentice?

Benefits for your business

Why choose Newcastle City Learning?

Which Apprenticeships are on offer?

Financial Support

What is an apprentice?

An apprentice is an employee who receives on-the-job training and learning to develop a specific skill. The apprentice works towards a nationally recognised qualification such as a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ), a technical certificate and if required, mathematics, English and ICT. As an employer, you can use apprenticeships to train both existing and new employees.
At Newcastle City Learning we offer Apprenticeships at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher levels, across a wide range of specialist areas.



Benefits for your business

Apprenticeships are a proven way to improve your workforce and can make your organisation more effective and competitive. You can train and develop your member of staff, reducing skills shortages even in the current economic climate. Apprenticeships can help you to develop the specialist skills you need to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in your sector. Apprentices tend to be loyal, motivated and flexible within the company that invested in them.

  • 80% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive.
  • 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices.
  • Employers who take on a 16-18 year old apprentice only pay their salary; the Government will fund their training.
  • Over 100,000 employers offer Apprenticeship places in over 190 job roles across a wide range of sectors.
  • 88% of employers who employ apprentices believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.
  • 83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future.
  • 1 in 5 employers are hiring more apprentices to help them through the tough economic climate.

Why choose Newcastle City Learning?

Many local businesses have benefited from working with the apprenticeship recruitment and training services of Newcastle City Learning.

Our no cost services offer the following benefits:

  • We offer free advertising and manage the recruitment process for you.
  • We tailor our recruitment to suit your business needs.
  • We do not bombard you with irrelevant or unsuitable CVs/applications for the positions.
  • All our candidates are pre-assessed to ensure they are job ready for positions so they can make an immediate contribution.
  • We can assist with the interviews if required, as we have a lot of experience of working with young people.
  • The process is swift and we match the apprentice to the roles you need to fill.

Dan 1Meet Dan...
Dan is our Employment & Skills Coordinator and is an expert in the Further Education sector. Having worked in Further Education for 14 years there’s nothing much Dan doesn’t know! He has extensive experience and knowledge of working cross-sector; public, private, voluntary and working within the community.
In his role as Employment & Skills Coordinator at Newcastle City Learning, Dan engages with employers and learners across the region on a daily basis, supporting and guiding in-work training opportunities like apprenticeships, study programmes and NVQs.
If you’re considering offering an apprenticeship or are looking to enrol, give Dan a call on 0191 2773506.


Elaine WithycombeMeet Elaine...
Elaine is our Employment & Skills Coordinator and has worked in Further Education for 16 years; she’s a specialist and knows all there is to know about the Further Education sector! Elaine has worked with sole traders, SME’s and voluntary sector employers ensuring a smooth apprentice recruitment experience.
As part of the team at Newcastle City Learning, Elaine works with both employers and learners to create, recruit and match the perfect apprenticeship opportunities.
If you’re considering offering an apprenticeship or are looking to enrol, give Elaine a call on 0191 2773506.


Which Apprenticeships are on offier?

Newcastle City Learning can train apprentices and your current staff in the following areas:

We are regularly developing our curriculum and may offer other Apprenticeships soon. If we do not currently offer an Apprenticeship in an area you want to recruit in do get in touch as we may be able to offer it.

View testimonials from some of the businesses we have worked with (pdf, 493kb)

Financial Support - Apprenticeship Plus

If your business is based in Newcastle and you need support with recruiting an apprentice, we may be able to help you. Apprenticeship Plus can offer a range of support for your business such as help with advertising, recruitment, training and salary subsidy. More information on Apprenticeship Plus.

To find out more about recruiting an apprentice phone Elaine Withycombe on 0191 277 3506 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Enrol now for September!

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Our new brochure has arrived, and it is packed full of interesting courses that will help you gain a qualification, make a career change or learn a new skill. You can get a copy of the brochure here (pdf, 7.14MB), and it will be delivered throughout the City in the new few weeks. Enrol now online, by phone or in person at our centres.

AAT Champion Award Winners!

Tutor Andrea Scope receiving awardWe're thrilled to announce that Newcastle City Learning won the AAT Champion Award last week!
In this category the judges were looking for training providers that have made an impact in supporting their community, improving social inclusion and mobility, through the delivery of AAT qualifications.
Our new AAT accountancy courses are proving incredibly popular, and our tutor Andrea Scope was on hand to pick up the trophy at the awards ceremony. Well done everyone!
If you are interested in the courses we're running in accountancy, our new brochure will be available from 3rd June with all of the details listed.

Prevent Duty

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All Further Education providers have a duty to safeguard their learners and keep them safe from being exploited by extremists. The Prevent Duty is not about discouraging our learners from having political and religious views and concerns, but about supporting them to use those concerns or act on them in non-extremist ways.

Prevent Duty: If you Notice anything unusual, Check it out and them Share it by contacting 0191 277 3502 or email remember – Notice – Check – Share. Here is a link to our Prevent animation

Newcastle City Council (which Newcastle City Learning are part of) also have a generic email address which you can also use to report any concerns you may have about Prevent:

Reporting Incidents of Hate Crime: Stop Hate UK. There’s a 24hr hotline on (Freephone) 0800 138 1625. People can text on 0771 798 9025. Online reports can also be taken at

Advanced Learner Loans

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There have been changes to how education courses are funded for learners over 19 years old. Level 3 and above courses will no longer be funded by the Government (unless you are aged 19-23 years old and it is your first full Level 3 qualification) but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees.

If this loan is to fund an Access to HE Diploma leading to a completed degree, your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off so you don't have to pay it back.

It doesn't matter about your household income or even credit checks to qualify for a loan, and you don't have to pay anything back until you are earning over £25,725 a year.

Loans are available for people living in the UK on the first day of their course and have lived in this country, the Channel Islands of the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this.

Talk to our centre reception staff to get more details and your course offer letter which will have the information you will need to complete your loan application.

Find out more about Advanced Learner Loans.

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