Learning Unlimited Apprenticeship Training Agency


Our Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) can support employers who, for whatever reason, can’t commit to the direct employment of an Apprentice. By employing an Apprentice through our ATA you can take advantage of a number of benefits:

• Recruitment – Working with the employer we identify the Apprenticeship opportunities, create job descriptions and person specifications, advertise and promote the roles, conduct application pre-screening and support with preparation for interviews
• Human Resources – The Apprentices are employed by the college, work with a host employer and become an integral part of their team. A full Human Resources service will be provided by the College
• Payroll – The payroll process is managed by the College and employers are invoiced monthly

Derbyshire County Council – a case study
In February 2012, Learning Unlimited and Derbyshire County Council formed a partnership to support and enhance the Council’s Apprenticeship provision utilising the ATA model.

Derbyshire County Council employs over 15,000 people and is one of the country’s largest Local Authorities.

Learning Unlimited has recruited over 100 Apprentices who are now directly employed by the College working within numerous Council departments ranging from Business Administration to Highway Maintenance.

October 2012 saw the recruitment of our 100th Apprentice – Chris Cooper

Nick Hodgson, Chief Executive, Derbyshire County Council
“We have been delighted to welcome our 100th Apprentice to the Council and are really pleased with the partnership we have formed with Learning Unlimited. The support they have given to our staff has proven critical to the success of programme and we look forward to the next 400 Apprentices joining our organisation over the coming years”.

Chris Cooper, studying Business Administration and DCC’s 100th Apprentice
“I was at Sixth Form and my results didn’t quite go as I had hoped so I decided I needed a change. I didn’t want to just leave Sixth Form and get a job but I knew I needed something fresh so when I saw the Apprenticeships on offer at DCC through Learning Unlimited I decided to apply. I’m now studying for my Apprenticeship in Business Administration whilst also gaining valuable experience in a workplace environment, which is great. I was so nervous when I started but even in a short space of time my confidence has grown”.


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