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


Young Apprenticeship Grant

If you are a Lancashire based SME company in the manufacturing sector you may be eligible for a Young Apprenticeship Grant of £3,000.

The Young Apprenticeship Grants are funded by the Lancashire County Council’s Economic Recovery and Growth fund. 

The funding is limited and applications are assessed on a first-come, first-served basis.
To be eligible employers must:

  • Be a Small, Medium, Enterprise SME (Turnover <£50m & Employees < 250);
  • New apprenticeship start-this is not available if the apprenticeship has already started
  • Apprentice must be under 25 years old;
  • Have premises within the county of Lancashire
  • Operate within Manufacturing or Aerospace sectors
  • Not have started an apprentice in the previous 24 months

Up to three grants can be applied for by the same employer, but only if the apprentices start within the same three-month period.

If you are interested in this programme please email for further details and contact information.

Making a difference to young people’s lives every day.

We are recruiting a Youth Development Officer to help us to deliver a personal development programme that changes young people’s lives.

Groundwork has been delivering The Prince’s Trust Team Programme for the last 24 years. Many of the young people we help via this 12-16 week programme are in, or leaving, care. They may be facing issues such as homelessness, suffering with their mental health, or have been in trouble with the police. At Groundwork we believe that every young person should have the chance to embrace exciting opportunities.

Our programmes give young people the practical and financial support they need to stabilise their lives. We help them develop key skills while boosting their confidence and motivation to enable them to reach their full potential. Our hope is for these young people to progress into further training, education or employment.

Your role will involve working with partner agencies to recruit and introduce social awareness sessions, Your aim will be to achieve the desired outcomes and raise the life chances and attainment of young people attending this programme.

If you are passionate about changing people’s lives and you think you have the skills, knowledge and experience we are looking for – we’d like to hear from you.

Youth Development Officer

Salary: £21,174 to £26,448
Full time: 36.25 hours per week
Office base: Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire & Merseyside, 74-80 Hallgate, Wigan, WN1 1HP.


  • Are you an employer looking to recruit?

    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. Read more

  • Are you looking for jobs and apprenticeships?

    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. Read more

  • Are you interested in T- levels?

    A T Level is a nationally-recognised qualification that is worth the same number of UCAS points as 3 A levels and accepted by universities.

    Endorsed by business, they include a 45-day industry placement to help you learn what a real career is like. Read more

  • Additional support

    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.

    To access current vacancies and any other additional support please Click here

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Leyland, Lancashire PR25 1DH
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