The TTE Technical Training Group has secured funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to support Teesside SMEs recruit and train apprentices.
The funding is accessible to all SME businesses that do not pay into the Apprenticeship Levy from January 2018 to March 2019.
Having been allocated a portion of £650m from the ESFA, TTE is well-placed to support local SMEs in the training & assessment of apprentices.
As one of the UK’s largest technical training organisations and a major provider of apprenticeship programmes in the Tees Valley, TTE has established a strong reputation for the delivery of industry-based vocational training programmes.
This is supported by a 96% apprenticeship success rate of young people completing their training programmes, significantly well above the national average.
TTE are the only OFSTED Grade 2 Engineering and Process training provider in the Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland areas and has an enviable reputation for delivering high-quality technical training apprenticeships that meet the needs of the employer
Currently there are more than 580 young people at different stages of their training including a significant number completing sponsored apprenticeship programmes.
Learners train on specialised kit and equipment in a realistic workshop environment that meets industry standards, gaining valuable practical skills alongside accredited technical qualifications. Sponsored apprentices are supported on-site by TTE’s experienced assessment team to gain and prove competency in the workplace.
Managing director Steve Grant said: “Apprenticeships are vital to ensuring businesses can develop their future workforce to remain competitive and productive.
“Recruiting and funding apprentices for SMEs has previously been a challenge, but this funding, will open up new opportunities.
“As an experienced apprenticeship provider, TTE will guide your business from initial advice on accessing funding, to working with you to deliver a comprehensive and industry-relevant training programme that will help your newly-recruited apprentices develop into valuable members of the workforce.
“Securing this funding will make a significant impact on the future workforce of the Tees Valley.”