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Powering our future workforce

Runshaw Open Event

Interested in studying an apprenticeship @ Runshaw, or furthering your Maths, English or Digital skills in February? Then please don’t miss Runshaw’s January online Open Event on Wed 20 Jan 4-7pm.

Find out more, and register, by clicking here.

Lancashire Mind have produced a useful booklet looking at the following topics:

  • looking after your wellbeing
  • a focus on working from home
  • furlough.

This guide explores the effects of changing work patterns, uncertainty and job loss and how this can have an effect on your mental health and wellbeing.

South Ribble Youth Hub

South Ribble Borough Council, working in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, have created a useful guide to help and advice on health, wellbeing and employment support for young adults. Please see the leaflet below, which has links to a range of local support services.

Resilience Resources

There are a number of organisations offering health and wellbeing support and help with developing emotional resilience. Please see the links below to the external organisations which offer support.  Download Mindfulness Activities Click here

Kickstart scheme

The kickstart scheme is a government initiative that provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 – 24 year olds. This is a six month placement to help young people to develop their skills and provide them with work experience. 

Employers and jobseekers can find out more about the Kickstart scheme via the government website.

South Ribble Borough Council is a Kickstart Gateway

If you would like to offer Kickstart placements at your business, please contact us so we can help you to apply.

DWP Digital have just launched their digital and technology apprenticeships, giving you the opportunity to earn while you learn.

If you’re successful, you’ll get:

  • A permanent Civil Service job
  • A starting salary of £27,000 plus benefits
  • The chance to gain industry-standard qualifications, and
  • To work on projects that have a positive impact on people’s lives

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve recently left education or you’re looking for a change of career.  Our apprenticeships are open to anyone who can demonstrate an interest in engineering.

Here’s a link to the career’s website for more information about the eligibility criteria, salary and application process. 

Apprentice Factory

South Ribble Borough Council Apprentice Factory provides impartial, specialist support to businesses, people considering a career change and students planning their future careers, by providing a comprehensive and complete range of skills and training advice and guidance in a one-stop-shop.

The Apprentice Factory offers your business impartial advice and support in finding the best solutions for skills and workforce development needs. We can help with recruitment support, local labour market information and guidance on affordable training options for your workforce. Let us save you time by connecting you directly with the right provider.

If you are considering a career change, the Apprentice Factory can offer you guidance on skills support, local apprenticeships and training and routes to alternative employment opportunities in growing areas of the economy.

For students planning their future careers, the Apprentice Factory offers you information, advice and guidance about future employment opportunities locally, the skills required by employers and career progression routes including the apprenticeships that are available, right up to degree level.

South Ribble Apprentice Factory will support local businesses to create quality apprenticeships, ensuring that the skills supply is appropriate to local skills demands and helping local people to access and benefit from the new job opportunities being created through economic growth in South Ribble.

Developing tomorrows workforce today……

Thinking of Recruiting an Apprentice

Skills for Work

Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub have brought together information about support that can help you get a job, and if you are employed there is help for you to learn new skills. Over 50 organisations across the whole of Lancashire are working together to make it easy for you to find work and training.

There are 100's of offers across Lancashire here to help you learn new skills or to support your health & wellbeing.


The Apprentice Factory will offer your business bespoke support to help you to upskill and develop your employees to meet the current and future skills needs of your business in a complex and rapidly changing world.

We can:

  • Help you to find the right apprenticeships for your business.
  • Support you to meet your workforce skills needs by discussing and researching the best training solutions for your business,connecting you directly with the right providers.
  • Promote your business skills needs to young people in schools, who are planning their future careers, inspiring them to apply to your business for employment.
  • Link your business with digital training opportunities, enabling your workforce to acquire the skills to become digitally connected.
  • Support your talent acquisition through recruitment events and promotion.
  • Help simplify the process of managing an apprenticeship through the Governments digital account system.
  • Help you to navigate through multiple training offers by providing one-stop advice, bespoke to your business needs.
  • Identify and help you access any financial support available from the Government.
  • Connect you with leadership and management training to enable you to lead, inspire and nurture your workforce.
  • Benefit your business by saving your time, making the right contacts, simplifying the processes and helping you recruit apprentices who are right for your business.

Talk to us and let us take the work out of meeting your skills needs.

“At the Apprentice Factory we are here to give you independent advice to help you develop your workforce

Phone: 01772 625567


Apprentice Factory 

South Ribble Borough Council Apprentice Factory provides impartial, specialist support to businesses, people considering a career change and students planning their future careers by providing a comprehensive and complete range of skills and training advice and guidance in a one-stop-shop.

The Apprentice Factory offers businesses impartial advice and support in finding the best skills solutions for their workforce. We can help with recruitment support, local labour market information and guidance on affordable training options for your workforce.

South Ribble Borough Council
Civic Centre, West Paddock
Leyland, Lancashire PR25 1DH
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