Skills and Training

Improving people's skills to succeed is a key goal under the prosperity priority of the 2016-2020 council strategy.



A growing number of companies are using young, enthusiastic talent to grow and develop their business. An apprenticeship is a way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future. Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Quality is key to apprenticeships - providing high quality training that benefits both apprentices and employers.

For plenty of helpful information on apprenticeships as an employer or apprentice, Worcestershire Apprenticeships are available to support by visiting, calling 0300 666 3 666 or emailing


Wychavon Apprenticeship Grants

The Council wants to promote a more highly skilled workforce in the district through apprenticeships which create opportunity and support development.

Wychavon District Council has joined forces with Worcestershire Training Provider Association to help more local businesses employ apprentices.  We offer a salary contribution grant of £1,000 per apprentice, with a maximum of 2 grants available for any one business. Wychavon’s grant prioritises applications from businesses operating in the engineering and manufacturing, IT/Cyber and agriculture technologies and horticulture (agri-tech) sectors.  But we are flexible on these sectors and are keen to talk to all businesses employing fewer than 250 employees considering taking on an apprentice.

To qualify - You must be located in Wychavon and your apprentice must be a Wychavon resident aged between 18 – 24 years not previously employed by you. You must not have had an apprentice within the previous 12 months, must be providing an approved apprenticeship, and also paying at least the minimum wage for apprentices.

For further information about the Wychavon Grant scheme contact Sue Owens t:01386 565525 or e:


Useful documents

Apprenticeships Levy Key Facts April 2016

Quick guide to apprenticeship funding from May 2017


Employer Grant Application Form 2017

Wychavon Apprenticeship Grant Scheme Information Sheet for Providers and Employers


Current Opportunities

Funded Training for Businesses in the Food Industry