of apprentices are still with their original employer 6 months after completing an Apprenticeship with us.

Have a large Apprenticeship quota to fill? Are you looking for beneficial ways to spend your Apprenticeship Levy?

In operation since 1988, and governed by Directors of local businesses, we understand what you need from a training provider.

We know that…

  • Your training needs to be delivered on time and to specification
  • Your paperwork and processes need to be correct for your funding applications
  • Our Corporate Social Responsibility and cultural approach needs to meet those of your business
  • Apprenticeship placement has to be right for your ongoing resource strategy
Talk to the Business Support Team today

Contact us today about your apprenticeship requirements

Why Derwent Training?
  • We know large business apprenticeships; we currently work with over 60 employers across the region
  • We make sure your apprentices are trained professionally and are the right people for you and your ongoing resource needs
  • We are focused on delivering to time and adhering to quality and compliance standards
  • We run all year round, your apprentice can start at any time
  • You can advertise your apprenticeship opportunities directly through us.
  • Small class sizes with 1:1 learning opportunities
  • 98% overall employer satisfaction rating (January 2023)
small business apprentice funding
small business apprentice funding
We are rated “GOOD” by OFSTED

“Apprentices are prepared well for learning. Leaders and trainers have created an inclusive environment in which apprentices from diverse backgrounds work well together. Apprentices benefit from being taught by highly skilled and knowledgeable engineering trainers who have the confidence and ability to allow flexibility in learning.”

Steps to hiring an apprentice

See how easy it is to take on an apprentice with Derwent Training. We support our employers throughout the full process, ensuring the correct employer/apprentice relationship

Our Approach

Our working practices are built on an ethos of honesty and integrity, ensuring we provide employers with pertinent advice, never agreeing to deliver training that an employer does not need, or that would not be beneficial.

At Severfield we are passionate about helping young people take their first steps onto their career ladder through development aimed at forging the next generation of leaders. We offer a variety of apprenticeship opportunities, all of which mean our apprentices receive personal growth and add real value to our organisation by developing relevant skills, positively impacting productivity, and improving the quality of our products.
Our Policies

We are committed to an inclusive, professional and safe training environment for all of our apprentices.

Partners & Accreditations

We are proud of our working relationships, partnerships and accreditations

Getting started with an apprentice

Do you already have an apprenticeship opportunity to advertise? List your vacancy with us and open the door to potential apprentices.

Your responsibilities as an apprentice employer
Employee Rights

Your apprentice should have the same conditions as all other employees working at similar grades, or in similar roles. This includes paid holidays, sick pay, any benefits you offer, and any support you offer such as coaching and mentoring. You should always supply your apprentice with a contract of employment and you should have a role available in which they can become competent as part of their Apprenticeship development.

Progress Reviews

Support your apprentice by participating in tripartite reviews every 10 weeks. This meeting is done between you, your apprentice and their trainer to discuss and agree progress. This is a funding requirement set by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. You must pay apprentices at least the National Minimum Wage. The contract of employment should make it clear what wage you’ll pay your apprentice and for what hours. 16-18 year old apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for apprentices, as well as those who are 19+ and in the first year of their Apprenticeship only.

Training & Study

You must pay your apprentice for time spent training or studying for their Apprenticeship. If your apprentice is also studying for an English and/or Maths qualification that is required by their Apprenticeship, they are entitled to be paid study time during their normal working hours.  All apprentices will be required to pass an End-Point Assessment (EPA) in order to gain certification. It is the employers discretion as to when their apprentice is ready for their EPA, but this must be within 3 months of their completion date. 

Health & Safety Assessment

The Education and Skills Funding Agency states that all apprentice employers must have a health and safety assessment of their workplace to ensure that all apprentices are working in safe conditions. As Engineering falls in the high risk category this will be updated annually. We will also require a copy of your Employers Liability Insurance Certificate for audit purposes.

Working Hours

Your apprentice must work for 30 hours or more per week, which must include their off-the-job training. We will ask you for their working hours’ when doing their sign-up paperwork to work out the 20% off-the-job training requirement during the apprenticeship.  Your apprentice is required to complete 20% off-the-job learning as part of the Apprenticeship and this will be regularly audited by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). Your apprentice needs to log their off-the-job training on their e-portfolio. Your apprentice’s trainer will discuss this during their tripartite progress reviews.


Apprentice Wages
You must pay your apprentice at least the National Minimum Wage which you can find atwww.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage. The apprentices contract of employment should make it clear what wage you will pay your apprentice and for what hours.
Apprenticeship Funding

Unsure how the funding works? Check out our explainer

About us

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Our Team

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