Apprenticeship recruitment service from Lifetime

Want to find the best people for your business? We’ve got you covered. Our apprenticeship recruitment service attracts, pre-screens and shortlists fresh talent, tailored to a wide range of sectors, roles and departments.

People are the DNA of any organisation whether it’s the skills they bring, the approaches they apply or ideas they contribute. With today’s workforce facing significant skills gaps, it’s more important than ever to find the right people to reach tomorrow’s goals.

Recruiting apprentices

Lifetime provides a free apprenticeship recruitment service. This means that you get to focus on what you do best, while we find candidates with the qualities, skills and motivations to create an effective workforce. So if you’re looking to recruit apprentices, Lifetime will find the right candidates for your business.

The benefits of recruiting an apprentice with Lifetime

We’ve seen the difference an apprentice can make. Our recruitment service has helped a variety of large businesses find the right apprentices for them, inspiring change and bringing many benefits.

Multi-sector capability, insight and expertise, placing nearly 5,000 apprentices every year
10+ years of experience finding and recruiting apprentices
Dedicated recruitment teams for intermediate, advanced and higher-level training
Robust recruitment strategies that guarantee high-quality candidates
30+ strong team of consultants, hand-picking the best candidates for your roles
We work to free up your time, so you can focus on other business priorities
Finding the right people for your business, to improve your retention rates
Our apprentice recruitment channels
  • indeed
  • national apprenticeship service
  • not going to uni
  • springpod
  • UCAS
  • Universal job match
  • Careermap
  • Get my first job

Our approach to apprenticeship recruitment

When recruiting apprentices for our partners, we focus on delivering a seamless service that produces quality candidates. Rather than just recruiting for a defined spec, our apprentice recruitment strategies are future-focussed so we find talent that will grow within an organisation over time. You can read more about our overall apprenticeship service approach here.

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Your vacancy will have reach

The search to hire an apprentice starts with the widest possible reach. Using a multi-channel approach, we make sure that your vacancy gets maximum exposure through our channels. Our branded employer and sector recruitment pages attract people actively seeking apprenticeships within your organisation or industry. Already have vacancies? We can help. Speak to our team to find out more.

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Who’s best for your organisation?

Aside from assessing eligibility and role-specific competencies, we take a forward-looking approach, focusing on candidates who display a clear motivation and potential. We take the time to understand your business in terms of growth plans, workforce skill priorities and future commercial ambition. With our bespoke selection service, we’ll only select candidates whose behaviours and motivations align with your role, and your business goals.

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Supporting your recruitment teams

The initial stages of apprenticeship recruitment are often the most time and labour-intensive. Doing this internally places a huge demand on time and resources – with no guarantee of a quality shortlist. Our teams have 10+ years of expertise in intermediate, higher and advanced apprenticeship recruitment, completing initial sifts, pre-screens and eligibility checks on all applicants. We’ll produce a hand-picked shortlist of quality candidates that your recruitment team can progress for the interview.

Our apprenticeship recruitment process

Whether you’re looking to minimise skill gaps, invest in new talent or to simply spend your apprenticeship levy, we make hiring an apprentice easy. Our recruitment process for apprentices is designed to enable business growth and find new talent.

Every candidate should fit in with your culture, bring new ideas to the table and enhance your current processes. That’s why we have our rigorous, in-depth screening process to help recruit apprentices for your business.

We start with the apprentice job posting, working with you to write a job advert that encourages potential applicants. We will then list the post on a variety of recruitment channels, screening all applicants for eligibility before conducting telephone interviews. Once we’ve got our shortlist, we’ll present our candidates to you.

After interviews have taken place and you’ve chosen your apprentice, we’ll work with you to onboard your chosen applicant and integrate them seamlessly with your business. Read more about our hiring an apprentice process here.

Supporting social mobility through recruiting apprentices

At Lifetime, we’re proud to be a Patron Member of the BAME Apprenticeship Alliance. That means we’re actively committed to supporting learners of all backgrounds. Our screening process focuses on applicants’ potential and helps remove unconscious bias, providing opportunities for those in BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) communities. Find out more about apprenticeships and social mobility.

Building first-class skills for sustainable growth

Our apprenticeship recruitment service works hard for businesses across a variety of sectors, selecting apprentices at advanced, intermediate and higher levels. All too often, businesses will try to buy skills whether this is through expensive recruitment fees, inflated salaries or the use of temporary contracts.

Costing an estimated £6.3 billion per year, this approach is not only expensive, but also unsustainable. For many businesses, it doesn’t provide a long-term skills solution.

We believe in developing lasting skills from scratch, by growing them across your organisation and enriching your workforce for the long term. The start of a sustainable skills development programme begins with a quality apprenticeship recruitment process.

Our partners
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  • Department For Work And Pensions logo
  • Department Of International Trade logo
  • Greene King logo
  • KFC logo
  • Lifeways group logo
  • Mcdonalds logo
  • Nuffield logo
  • Bandq logo

Looking to hire an apprentice? We can attract driven, engaged talent to your organisation, at every programme level.

Contact our team

Our partnership with Lifetime has been integral to developing a successful young talent recruitment strategy. Many of our apprentices have gone on to become managers and supervisors. This talent progression is exactly what we were after - and proves that apprenticeships are an incredibly effective way of developing and retaining talent at M&B.

Lauren Carroll, Vocational Learning Attraction Manager at Mitchells & Butlers

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