Hire an Apprentice


Apprentices can be a great asset to the workforce. Since 2013 Inspiring healthy lifestyles has developed a strong offer of support and education to a wide range of young people, many of whom continue their employment way beyond the completion of the qualifications.  Since August 2016 we have supported, and continue to support, 85 apprentices. 94% of these have progressed into jobs or further training.  We offer a range of programmes to our employers and these include:

  1. Leisure Operations
  2. Fitness Instruction
  3. Personal Training
  4. Supporting Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport (Level 3)
  5. Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (Level 2 and 3)
  6. IT User (Level 2)
  7. Business Administration (Level 2 and 3)
  8. Coming soon… Swimming Instruction and Catering!

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The Cost of Hiring

You need to pay an apprentice at least the “apprenticeship minimum wage” as set by the Government. Usually apprentices are hired for a minimum of 30 hours per week. If you have never had an apprentice before, you may be eligible for a grant to help with salary costs. We can discuss this with you if you choose to work with us.

In addition to the apprentice salary, you may need to contribute to the cost of training. In May 2017, the way apprenticeships are delivered and funded changed. If your company wage bill is over £3 million you will be subject to the Apprenticeship Levy. Providing you have the funds in your account, we will claim all training fees from this fund. If you have maximised this fund, or your wage bill is less than £3 million, you will need to contribute 10% of the training cost. In the programme we offer, it is not likely that this will be any more than £500.

You can find out more about hiring an apprentice from the following website:


Why Choose Inspiring healthy lifestyles?


We believe we provide apprentices with a positive learning experience which sets them up for a career, not just a job. We know we do this well because our apprentices tell us so. Every month we ask them to rate their experience. Last month they rated us a 4.5 out of 5 Star provider! We also offer a full package of recruitment support.  This means we take the burden of advertising, short listing and interview preparation away from yourselves. This leaves you with only the final appointment decision to make. Employers tell us this a key benefit to working with us but don’t just take our word for it. Here is what some of our employers tell us:

‘’The apprenticeship scheme has provided the school with some highly motivated and enthusiastic teaching assistants who have been keen to learn. The ongoing learning support from Inspiring healthy lifestyles and from school based staff has meant that the apprentices are quickly developing skills and understanding of the needs of pupils with SEND and are able to apply this to their work at school; so much so that some of the apprentices have already been successful in securing full time posts with us. As a school community, we have been very impressed by the Inspiring healthy lifestyles apprentice scheme and look forward to continuing to work together’’

Liz Loftus, Headteacher, Rowan Tree Primary School Atherton

‘’We have been impressed with the whole process of recruiting and training an apprentice Teaching Assistant. The short listing process is completed by the team and you are well supported at the interview stage. Our two apprentices have exceeded our expectations and have benefitted from both quality in-school training and follow up training back at the base to prepare them for assessment. The flexibility of the apprentices has been a real positive with both working as Play Leader trainers and games organisers at lunchtime whilst also supporting children in class or delivering small group sessions. I will definitely appoint another apprentice when I am looking to recruit more staff’’

Gillian Talbot, Headteacher, St Mary's C.E. Primary School

Ready to start recruitment? Contact us today and our team will talk you through the process.

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