Specialist business support

Training, apprentices and other human resource issues

Apprentices and apprenticeships 

Information about finding and supporting apprentices for large and small employers from Newcastle-under-Lyme College. 

The Staffordshire 500 Apprentices Wage Support programme offers incentives to employers to take on 16 to 24-year-olds by contributing to the costs associated with recruiting and retaining an apprentice. It will support smaller companies that do not pay into the national apprenticeship levy. The programme could also offer apprentices progression from the national Kickstart scheme.


Learndirect business offers a range of courses for your staff, leading to nationally recognised qualifications. You can also assess your leadership and management skills and create your own tailored plan for personal development. 

Free Training Top-up Project offers employers support to upskill their employees or train new staff in accordance with their changing business operations or entering new markets. Grants of up to £5,000 would be provided and matched through other funding sources. Up to 400 Staffordshire businesses could be supported over the next 15 months through the programme.