Employers and Incentives

We are currently experiencing high volumes of interest in our apprenticeship provision; we are pleased to confirm that we are able to recruit apprentices flexibly, therefore start dates are able to be accommodated to meet employer needs throughout the year. Please contact apprenticeships@suffolk.ac.uk or alternatively call the apprenticeship team on 01473 382464 for support.

Employ an Apprentice

Training your workforce

Suffolk New College is proud to work with a diverse range of employers to support their training needs. Our Industry Certificated courses, Apprenticeships and vocational courses enhance the skills knowledge and behaviours required in the workforce of today.

Apprenticeships - Benefits to your business

Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any organisation to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

86% of employers said apprenticeships developed skills relevant to their organisation and 78% reported improved productivity.

Other benefits that apprenticeships contribute to your organisation include:

  • 90% of apprentices stay on in their place of work after completing an apprenticeship
  • there's a wide selection of apprenticeships available, covering lots of different job roles
  • you can adapt the training your apprentice receives according to the needs of your organisation
  • an apprenticeship allows you to diversify and freshen up your workforce
  • you can employ an apprentice who's aged 16 up to any age and from any background

Are you an employer interested in the new Government programmes and incentives?

Our team of advisors can guide you through the initiatives including:

Whatever your training needs we have a team ready and available to work with you.


Kickstart Scheme

We have joined forces with East Coast College and West Suffolk College to be part of the Suffolk Kickstart training offer, led by Suffolk County Council, through Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please see the below (click for full document).

Kickstart Offer E-Flyer (Click for full document)


Changes to the apprenticeship funding system

Please see the following leaflet for information regarding the New Anglia LEP Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Scheme.

Apprenticeships are a devolved policy. This means that authorities in each of the UK nations manage their own apprenticeship programmes, including how funding is spent on apprenticeship training.

If you’re an employer with operations in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you may also want to contact your apprenticeship authority:

For the latest information regarding apprenticeship funding, we recommend you visit the official .GOV apprenticeship funding page by clicking here.

Please also see:

Extended Employer Incentives

The government has introduced extra incentive payments to support employers who hire new apprentices between 1 April 2021 and 30 September 2021. This is in addition to the £1000 incentive that is already provided.

How much will I be entitled to?

Employers who hire a new apprentice between 1 April 2021 and 30 September 2021 will receive a payment of £3000 (no age limit).

Please see the following document for further information: Extended Employer Incentives


Contact Us

Business Development Team
T: 01473 382464 - E: business@suffolk.ac.uk