Training and supporting Apprentices to help upskill our clients

Apprenticeship Activation Programme

Upskill. Develop. Grow.

Designed for businesses who:

  • Are eligible to pay the levy but not currently drawing down the benefit
  • Have current skills gaps and need a structured process to upskill current employees
  • Need to build a resourcing model that delivers a constant stream of fresh talent where skills are scarce

Do you pay the levy?

If your wage bill is over £3,000,000 per annum, your business will be paying 0.5% of your wage bill to HMRC as an Apprenticeship Levy.

ALL of this money, plus 10%, can be claimed back by your business to train and upskill staff.

We can work with you to design, implement, and manage an apprenticeship scheme with no additional cost to your business.

Levy stats

  • In the 12 months to January 2019, only 22% of the £2,360,000,000 levy payments has been claimed back by employers to train staff
  • 40% of employers view the levy as a tax
  • 77% of business leaders have no expectation of benefit from the levy
  • 25% of employers don't know they are paying the levy
  • Impacts 33% of all employers

How it works

We will provide you with a dedicated Business Partner, who will design and manage your Apprenticeship Activation Programme. Your Business Partner will manage your Apprenticeship Service Account with HMRC, and design a programme that will meet your current and future skills requirements.

Stages 1 and 2 of our Apprenticeship Activation Programme

Not just recruitment

At our core, Onezeero is a technology recruitment business – this is what we have specialised in for over 40 years. However, one of the key things our clients value about our technology recruitment solutions is that they evolve and deliver value across a wide variety of recruitment-related capabilities. This includes, in this instance, managing Apprenticeships. You can benefit from the same innovation our long-term clients do.

Myself and seven of my Customer Services Team are partaking in the Customer Service Team Manager Apprenticeship. And as the training and Development Manager, it is my responsibility to assist the team with their coursework and provide support and advice as we go through the journey.

Jo has been great in helping me get one step ahead of the team and took the time to show me the online systems and talk me through the coursework required, so that I could be on hand in case the team had further questions. So far, the team are all really enjoying the apprenticeship and the fact that the systems are so easy to use, encourages independent learning and self-development.

Team Leader - Multinational automobile manufacturer (July 2018)


Benefits of our Apprenticeship Activation Programme

What is an Apprenticeship in this context?

An apprenticeship is a way for anyone over the age of 16 to combine working and studying to gain skills and knowledge in a specific job. Common apprenticeships that professional organisations offer include: Business Administration, Customer Service, Accounting, Engineering, IT, and Telecommunications.

How can my existing staff benefit if they don't want to do a full apprenticeship?

The Levy can also be claimed back for upskilling current employees. This does not mean they have to complete a full apprenticeship. There are more focused courses available within multiple disciplines. 

How is the training delivered?

We have a range of different delivery models available through our established partner organisations or utilising your own internal structures and partners.

Can courses be tailored to our business?

Yes. Everything is tailored to your needs and specific skillsets.

Who will manage the services?

You will have a dedicated Business Partner, who will manage all aspects of your Apprenticeship Scheme.

What does the Business Partner do?

They will implement and co-ordinate your Apprenticeship programme, using our established model to deliver valuable training and development to your staff and newly recruited apprentices and allow you to claim the Levy back. 

Want to find out more?

Please contact our business solutions team via to find out what we can do for you.