Purple Beard should be your first choice when it comes to training and recruiting individuals. We support employers across a wide variety of sectors with the potential for attracting the skilled and knowledgeable candidates. If you’re keen to enhance your workforce with next-gen talent, then get in touch with us for a discussion of the options available.

Sector specialists to deliver training

15+ years experience in Apprenticeships delivery

Multimodal learning approach

Government approved Apprenticeship provider


An apprenticeship is the first choice when it comes to the development of a talent pipeline. There are two options: either bringing in a new apprentice or honing the skills of an established member of your organisation. Purple Beard apprenticeships are suitable for people at all levels; whether college-leavers or individuals with experience in their field.

Apprentices provide the opportunity to earn while learning, dividing their time between 80% working and 20% studying. The majority of an apprentice’s time is spent within the “real-world” work setting. However, apprentices are also expected to combine the employment with study for a formal qualification, typically within a college or training centre.

Apprentices have the same legal status as any other employee, including the right to a contract of employment and holiday leave. They earn a salary, and their fees are covered by the chosen employer and/or the government. During the apprenticeship, apprentices work alongside experienced staff and gain job-specific skills.

With professional support and opportunities to apply an individual's skills, the apprenticeship sets people for employment in their chosen field. Hence there has been a rise in the number of young people opting for apprenticeships over more traditional routes into work and education.

An apprentice can add immense value to any business.

 86% of employers have claimed that apprenticeships allow for the development of key business skills; while 78% have said that they have had a positive impact on productivity. You can be confident that apprentices will be committed to the process of learning and developing alongside more experienced workers. They’ll contribute fresh perspectives and produce high-quality work; given the motivation of continued employment. There’s scope for adapting the apprenticeship training to suit your business requirements and fill any established skills gaps.

The Apprenticeship Levy came into force on 6 April 2017 and was introduced by the Government in order to address the shortage of skilled workers in the UK, by increasing the number of apprenticeship opportunities offered by employers. See more here.

Levy Employer 

As an employer with a wage bill of more than £3 million, the levy will be charged at a rate of 0.5% of an employer's paybill. You can manage funds using the apprenticeship service and spend it on training and assessing your apprentices. Each employer will receive an allowance of £15,000 to offset against their levy payment. If you don’t have enough funds, you pay 5% of the apprenticeship cost and the government will top up the rest. There is a funding band allocated to each apprenticeship for which contribution is sought.

For apprentices that started before 1 April 2019, you need to contribute 10%. If you exceed the maximum funding band, you’ll need to pay all the additional costs.

Non-Levy Employer

As an employer that doesn’t pay the apprenticeship levy, you pay just 5% towards the cost of training and assessing an apprentice.

The government will pay the rest up to the maximum funding band. You’ll pay the training provider directly and agree on a payment schedule. If you employ fewer than 50 employees, then the government will pay 100% of the costs of apprenticeship training. If you exceed the maximum funding band, you’ll need to pay all the additional costs.

If your apprentice started before 1 April 2019, you pay 10% towards the cost of training and assessing your apprentice and the government pays the rest. 

Incentive payments

When you hire new apprentices between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021, you can apply for extra funding to give your organisation a boost.

For apprentices aged:

  • 16 to 24, you will receive £2,000
  • 25 and over, you will receive £1,500

The payment is in addition to the existing £1,000 you will already get for taking on an apprentice who is:

  • aged 16 to 18 years old
  • under 25 and has an education, health and care plan or has been in the care of their local authority

You will also get the incentive payment when you hire a redundant apprentice.

Purple Beard provides individuals with the opportunity to study for their chosen tech career on a remote basis, with course content being delivered by industry experts. 

A Purple Beard digital apprenticeship will take one to two years to complete, depending on factors such as the area of work, apprenticeship standard, employer requirements, and individual capabilities. 

Our apprenticeship program  includes:

  • Identification and analysis of skill gaps
  • Support with recruitment and selection at no additional cost
  • Comprehensive apprentice training
  • Ongoing support for apprentices and employers
  • Development of technical skills and soft skills, including problem-solving, communication, report writing  and research


The public sector target was introduced in April 2017 and applies to any public sector employer with at least 250 employees. The Target requires public sector employers to employ an average of 2.3% of their organisation’s headcount as new apprentice starts each year between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2021. 

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Software Tester
Level 4

⏰ 20 to 24 months duration

The primary role of a Software Tester is to ensure that software operates as intended. Testers typically design and prepare test plans and conduct software testing as appropriate to ensure that software is fit for purpose.

Junior Content Producer
Level 3

⏰ 15 to 18 months duration

A Junior Content Producer  is responsible for developing and creating content that can be used across a variety of media including digital, social media, broadcast or in print.

IT Technical Salesperson
Level 3

⏰ 12 to 15 months duration

The primary role of an IT salesperson is to sell the companies technical products and services. They will need a good knowledge and understanding of the portfolio of technologies that are available. 


Data Technician
Level 3

⏰ 20 to 24 months duration

The broad purpose of the occupation is to source, format and present data securely in a relevant way for analysis using basic methods; to communicate outcomes appropriate to the audience.



We have 20+ years of Industry experience delivering successful training initiatives across a range of sectors. We are passionate about working in the Education sector. The current education landscape is constantly changing and to support you we have an experienced team who can support you during these changes.

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If you’d like to talk about Tech Bootcamps and Apprenticeships, a potential partnership, working with Purple Beard or you have any other questions, please contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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