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Powering our future workforce

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……


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.


South Ribble Recruitment Roadshow

South Ribble Borough Council has partnered with Shout Network to deliver the 'Recruitment Roadshow'

on Thursday 15th June from 1-7pm at the South Ribble Civic Centre.

The Recruitment Roadshow will bring together jobseekers, employers and educators all under one roof to give everyone the valuable opportunity to discover the amazing career opportunities that are available with Lancashire’s leading employers.

If you are planning on recruiting this year, this event is for you!

The event can cater for all your business needs by showcasing your apprenticeships, career development opportunities, vacancies and jobs.

If you are aware of anyone who is looking for their first career opportunity, is wanting to progress their career or is a graduate searching for a job, then please let them know about this event.

If you would like a free stand to recruit to your business, or if you would like us to advertise your vacancies on the day, please contact us at:

Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice 

You will be able to apply for a payment of £3,000 for apprentices with an employment start date from 1 October 2021 to 31 January 2022. Applications close 20 May 2022 

Find out more by clicking here . 


Apprenticeship Vacancies

Start Lancashire Platforms

Start is a unique platform that allows you to make the right choice when it comes to starting our furthering your career. it provides tools and data insights to help achieve your goals and objectives and have a positive impact on your future. 

Start Profile - Start in Lancashire platform

Enterprise Adviser Campaign 

Make sure every school across Lancashire has an Enterprise Adviser supporting them to make sure every student has the best career provision possible.

Lancashire Apprenticeships Service 

The Lancashire apprenticeship services is an institute for apprenticeships and technical education by helping business identify the best programs for their organisation. Click here to find out more. 


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





Thinking of Recruiting an Apprentice

Free Training Sessions with DigiEnable*

Two projects we are working on this month are free for you to join, learn and engage with us! Join now as seats are filling fast!

Embrace Digital Project - For Lancashire based businesses - Click Here
A wide range of digital and productivity sessions delivered by local businesses including our Liz's sessions...
Zoom for Business
Get LinkedIn or Get Left Out
Intro to Canva
Digital Project Management Tools
Intro to Microsoft 365/Office 365

Digital Marketing Skills 4 All
We have teamed up with 4 other Digital Marketing Trainers from across the North of England to deliver on a project being delivered by business support specialists Enterprise4All. Participants will be guided through 10 weeks of intense digital training, giving them all the skills to market their, or others businesses effectively.

*Eligibility criteria applies, further details on application via the links above


The NHS Trusts and Care Providers within the region have launched a website to help you find the career of your choice within the Lancashire and South Cumbria region. Find out about working in the NHS and Care - 

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


Examples of how businesses are making the most of T Level industry placements click here

Information for providers who are on the next steps towards delivery of T-level click here 

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. 

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.

Phone: 01772 625567

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