Our Services

Apprenticeships

We support the following apprenticeships routes:

  • Business & Administration
  • Care
  • Catering & Hospitality
  • Construction & The Built Environment
  • Creative & Design
  • Digital
  • Education & Early Years
  • Engineering & Manufacturing
  • Estate Agency
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Health & Science
  • HR
  • Legal, Finance & Accounting
  • Optical
  • Pharmacy
  • Sales, Marketing & Procurement
  • Transport & Logistics

Business Consultancy

We support businesses and organisations across Staffordshire with a range of consultancy solutions and services.  

In partnership with a team of trusted professionals we offer expertise in:

  • Hosting and facilitating employer forum groups and specialist sector groups
  • Delivering and evaluating skills related projects
  • Providing apprenticeship and skills funding advice including maximising the Apprenticeship Levy 
  • Designing and implementing apprenticeship recruitment and training strategies 
  • Workforce development and organisational need analysis
  • Increasing your social value and improving your social return on investment 

To find out how we can support your business, please contact us.

Web & AI services available:

  • WordPress Development
  • AI Consultancy
  • Website Subscriptions
  • Hosting & Maintenance


& so much more

Funding & Grants

Training and development can be costly for businesses so it’s really important to us that where we can, we support and signpost you to funding and grants you may be eligible to access.

Apprenticeship Funding Support

The cost of apprenticeship training is based upon the wage bill of your business:

If you have an annual wage bill of £3 million or more, you will be a Levy Payer.
If you have an annual wage bill of less than £3 million, you will be a Non Levy Payer.

Levy Payers

As a Levy Payer, 0.5% of your payroll goes to the Apprenticeship Levy to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment.  The Government will also add 10%.

Non Levy Payers

As a Non Levy Payer, you will pay 5% towards the cost of apprenticeship training and assessment.  The Government will pay 95%.

From April 2024, the Government announced apprenticeship training and assessment for small businesses will be fully funded for apprentices aged 16-21.

Additional funding support

Employers may be eligible for a further £1000 support per apprentice, depending on the apprentices circumstances:

Aged 16 to 18 years old, or
Aged 19 to 25 years old and has an education, health and care (EHC) plan or has been in the care of their local authority

This funding can be spent on any costs associated with supporting an apprentice in your business, for example uniforms, apprentice travel, their salary.

CITB Grants & Funding Support

The CITB provides grants to support construction industry employers who provide day to day training for their workforce.

These grants contribute to the cost of training and qualifying your workforce in construction-related subjects including:

  • Short course grants
  • Qualification grants
  • Apprenticeship grants

The CITB also provide funding for specific projects relating to careers, innovation and training including:

Skills and Training Fund

up to £10K for skills and training for small- or micro-sized employers and up to £25k for medium-sized employers.

Leadership and Management Development Fund for large businesses 

funds available for large construction employers (with more than 250 directly employed staff) to improve leadership and management skills.

https://www.citb.co.uk/levy-grants-and-funding/

Follow us on our social media channels to keep up to date with the latest funding and grant support available to your business.

Quality Standards

International Management Standards can open doors to new business and increase your company’s reputation. 

By working with our trusted partner, Eaglet Business Systems (EBS), you are guaranteed* to achieve the ISO certification your company needs.

EBS provides first class consulting, auditing and training in International Management Standards including:

  • ISO9001 (Quality)
  • ISO14001 (Environmental)
  • ISO22301 (Business Continuity)
  • ISO27001 (Information Security)
  • ISO45001 (Health and Safety) 


We also understand that the implementation of such standards can often be complex and overwhelming for many organisations which is why EBS pride themselves on their pragmatic and friendly approach to helping clients gain and maintain ISO certification. 

They will hold your hand as tightly, or as lightly, as is required on your ISO journey.

* EBS will guarantee that when you work with them, you will achieve ISO certification and it is their promise that they will work with you until you achieve your ISO certification. 

For more information or if you are interested in a standard that isn’t listed, please contact us.

Recruitment

Through our network of highly trained recruiters, we will work with you to understand your sector and your business inside out.

We are able to offer permanent, temporary to permanent, and temporary recruitment packages.

The divisions we cover include:

  • Industrial
  • Logistics and HGV drivers
  • Engineering
  • Commercial
  • Technical 
  • Construction


We are based in Staffordshire and are able to deliver recruitment needs nationwide.  

For more information, please contact us.

School Engagement

We support a growing number of schools across Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire and Cheshire to provide information, advice and guidance to students and staff about apprenticeships.  

By working in partnership with us, we are able to support with:

  • Assemblies and talks to year groups
  • Careers events
  • Quizzes
  • Group sessions
  • Soft skills sessions
  • Team building sessions
  • Taster days 
  • Meet and greet with former apprentices
  • Presentations and in-depth talks
  • Mock interviews and employability support 


For more information about our school packages and how we can support your school with apprenticeships, please contact us.

Social Value/CSR

Social Value and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), has become increasingly popular over recent years.  In simple terms, it’s about your business contributing resources , that may include time, money, or effort to the benefit of society.

It demonstrates a conscientious approach to business as well as a willingness to make a positive social impact that’s not focused on commercial gain.

Education is an area that is chronically underfunded, and any contribution — be it in the shape of time, money, or effort — can make a real difference. Schools are a pillar of local communities, and the education of children and young people is a subject that is close to many people’s hearts. 

This makes them a perfect partner for those businesses looking into CSR.

We have worked with lots of businesses as their Social Value Partner, supporting them to make a real difference and achieve their CSR objectives.

Here are some of the ways in which we can work in partnership with you:

  • Offer work experience placements – train, teach, and guide the people who could later become your workforce, while the young people gain valuable knowledge, skills, and experience

  • Employer and apprentice talks – presentations and school assemblies to inspire young people and students with real examples of success
  • Choice and routes to success – talk to young people and students about different career options, job roles, skills and pathways
  • Employment Marketplace events –  bringing together local businesses, schools, parents and young people and students.
  • Skills and work tasters – opportunities for construction site tours, factory site tours, course tasters and work experience to provide focus and understanding of the world of work
  • Focus on NEETs – specific projects supporting young people not engaged in education or training (NEET) or risk of. 

Contact us to find out more about how we can become your Social Value Partner!

Workforce Development & Training

Your people are your biggest asset so investing in them and providing them with the correct training and development for now and the future, is crucial.  

Through our 20+ years experience and extensive track record we have supported small, medium and large employers to train and develop their workforce resulting in improved retention, better morale and increased productivity.

From the outset, we invest time in getting to know your business and your culture so that we can provide personalised training and development solutions.

Our workforce development and training offers includes:

  • Short courses 
  • Qualifications
  • Apprenticeships


Contact us to find out more about implementing an effective workforce development and training strategy for your business.  

FAQ

Apprenticeships combine real work with training and study, putting what you learn straight into practice. 

As an apprentice you’ll: 

  • train for the workplace 
  • get hands-on experience 
  • earn a salary and get the same rights as employees, including sick leave and holiday pay 
  • spend at least 20% of your working hours training or studying
  • undertake ongoing assessments, including an end point assessment 


You can apply for an apprenticeship if you’re: 

  • 16 or older 
  • not in full-time education 
  • live in England 


Source:
https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/apprentices/about-apprenticeships

There are four apprenticeship levels and each one has an equivalent education level:

Level 2

These apprenticeships provide basic knowledge and skills for specific jobs and are equal to GCSEs.

Level 3

These apprenticeships offer more specialised knowledge and skills and are equal to A levels. 

Levels 4 to 7

These apprenticeships focus on higher-level professional skills and can be equal to a foundation degree, a Higher National Certificate (HNC), or a Higher National Diploma (HND). 

Levels 6 to 7

These apprenticeships lead to either a full bachelor’s or master’s degree.    

Some apprenticeships require certain qualifications, for example GCSE English and maths. You may be given extra training to meet these qualifications. You may also have to meet academic requirements to apply for a higher or degree apprenticeship.  

When you complete your apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent education level. For example, if you complete a level 3 apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent of an A level.

Apprenticeships are available across a large range of sectors including:

  • Agriculture, environmental and animal care
  • Business and administration
  • Care services
  • Catering and hospitality
  • Construction and the built environment
  • Creative and design
  • Digital 
  • Education and early years
  • Engineering and manufacturing
  • Hair and beauty
  • Health and science
  • Legal, finance and accounting
  • Protective services
  • Sales, marketing and procurement
  • Transport and logistics


Source:
https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/apprentices/about-apprenticeships

There are different rates of pay for apprentices depending on your age and what year of your apprenticeship you’re in.

Aged 16 to 18

The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £6.40 per hour.

Aged 19 or over and in your first year

The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £6.40 per hour.

Aged 19 or over and have completed your first year

You’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage rate for your age.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/become-apprentice/pay-and-conditions

The cost of apprenticeship training is based upon the wage bill of your business:

 

  • If you have an annual wage bill of £3 million or more, you will be a Levy Payer.
  • If you have an annual wage bill of less than £3 million, you will be a Non Levy Payer.

 

Levy Payers

 

As a Levy Payer, 0.5% of your payroll goes to the Apprenticeship Levy to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment.  The Government will also add 10%.

You have to pay the Apprenticeship Levy even if you contribute to another Levy such as the CITB Levy.

 

Non Levy Payers

 

As a Non Levy Payer, you will pay 5% towards the cost of apprenticeship training and assessment.  The Government will pay 95%.

 

From April 2024, the Government announced apprenticeship training and assessment for small businesses will be fully funded for apprentices aged 16-21.

 

Additional funding support

 

Employers may be eligible for a further £1000 support per apprentice, depending on the apprentices circumstances:

 

  • Aged 16 to 18 years old, or
  • Aged 19 to 25 years old and has an education, health and care (EHC) plan or has been in the care of their local authority

 

This funding can be spent on any costs associated with supporting an apprentice in your business, for example uniforms, apprentice travel, their salary.  


Source: https://www.gov.uk/employing-an-apprentice/get-funding

Apprentices should work for a minimum of 30 hours a week, and a maximum of 48 (40 hours if under 18 years old).

Apprentices are covered by employment law, which includes protections such as a minimum of 20 days paid leave each year, plus bank holidays.

Source: https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/apprentices/your-rights

Employers must offer apprentices the same conditions as other employees working at similar grades or in similar roles. This includes:

  • paid holidays
  • sick pay
  • any benefits you offer such as childcare voucher schemes
  • any support you offer such as coaching or mentoring


Source: 

https://www.gov.uk/employing-an-apprentice/pay-and-conditions-for-apprentices

Offering apprenticeship opportunities ensures that the skills developed are matched to what your business needs right now and also importantly, in the future.  

  • 92% of companies that have taken on apprentices believe this leads to a more motivated and satisfied workforce
  • 86% said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation
  • 80% have seen a significant increase in employee retention


Source:
https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/employers/understanding-apprenticeship-benefits-and-funding

Client Testimonials

Phil HULME
Phil HULME
Stephen is a top bloke - thanks for the advice, guidance, information provided and placement of my son.
Vikki Griffin
Vikki Griffin
I cant recommend Stephen Rushton enough! Ash had a change of heart again and has decided not to join the Marines, so we had a virtual call on Friday to discuss apprenticeship courses with Stephen and Ash is starting work on Monday and all signed up to a multi trade apprenticeship course! We haven't had to do a thing! A massive thank again for giving Ash the opportunity and for turning everything around so quickly. If you have a school leaver and are looking for an apprenticeship, reach out to Stephen 👌
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deidre livingstone
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Tom Johnson
Tom Johnson
Training and Business Solutions has provided us with comprehensive and clear advice when recruiting a new apprentice, ensuring a smooth process from start to finish. I would certainly feel confident recommending their services to others.
Leila
Leila
Stephen's advice has been very helpful, one of the first times I haven't been made to feel anxious by discussion regarding future pathways; it has really helped me understand what is possible.
Zak White
Zak White
amazing service and very quickly found me a placement/apprentiship and it’s exactly what i needed
steven wilson
steven wilson
Attended an event in Abbey Hulton where Stephen gave a talk on apprenticeships… spelt the whole thing out so easily to us and effortlessly related valuable information to those attending which helped me to understand how it works nowadays. This kind of event should be more readily available to schools and colleges as part of the graduation process. Thank you Stephen.
Bobby Bojko (Bobby.B16)
Bobby Bojko (Bobby.B16)
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Ryan Cawley
Ryan Cawley
Brilliant support, helped me find an apprenticeship and supporting me whilst I attend my apprenticeship.