I want to Employ a Higher Level Apprentice

HLAs provide a fantastic incentive to potential job applicants, enabling employers to choose from the brightest and most dedicated jobseekers. HLA Foundation Degrees/ Degrees are designed in partnership with industry, in order to plug existing skills gaps, meaning your employee will be learning what they need for success in their chosen field and will allow you as the employer to develop a team of high calibre staff, which can only add value to any organisation.

What's Available at South West College

What are my responsibilities as an employer?

  • Take the HLA on as an employee
  • Agree to release the HLA for the required hours of study at the college
  • Pay the HLA for the hours of study at the college in addition to the time spent at work
  • Pay the HLA at least Basic Minimum Wage or above, not apprenticeship rate

Our commitment

To support you with filling the vacancy:

  • We will list your job opportunities on our Higher Level Apprenticeship Vacancies page
  • We will signpost all HLA applicants to the HLA job opportunities available
  • We will advertise your job opportunities on our social media platforms
  • We will collect and distribute CVs after the closing date of the vacancy

Employers may also consider applications for existing employees for career progression opportunities they can offer.

How Do I advertise a vacancy?

If you want to advertise a vacancy with us, click on the button below and fill in the necessary information.

Want to advertise a vacancy?

HLA job opportunities may be advertised anytime from now right up until the end of August. Please note that all HLA courses commence in September.

What happens next?

After we have received your information we shall:

  • List your job opportunities on our Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) Connect Vacancies page
  • Signpost all HLA applicants to the HLA job opportunities available
  • Collect and distribute CVs to the employers after the closing date for the vacancy

Have a question about our Higher Level Apprenticeship Programme?

CITB NI is delighted to support South West College in their HLA Connect Portal which will help employers promote their Higher Level Apprenticeship opportunities and help apprentices find them - all for no fee! Construction apprenticeships are an important part of the career ladder and are beneficial to both the apprentice and the employer. Learning on the job is crucial to skills development whilst gaining the formal qualifications at the same time. CITB NI wants to help employers realise the importance of apprenticeships, their value and help them find and recruit a young person into an apprenticeship role.

CITB NI registered employers can also claim a grant* of £6,500 for employees completing a Higher Level Apprenticeship which is spread across the duration of the apprenticeship programme. We also want to highlight construction apprenticeships as an excellent career choice for young people and we encourage both employers and young people, who are considering a career in construction and a construction Higher Level Apprenticeship, to get involved in this fantastic scheme. For more information on CITB NI Apprenticeship grants log on to https://www.citbni.org.uk/Apprenticeships.aspx

*terms and conditions apply