Apprenticeships are structured programmes of training used to help new or existing employees learn new skills, knowledge and behaviours relevant to a specific occupation. Carlisle College currently works with over 700 Apprentices across 350 local leading businesses and has an extensive Apprenticeship provision of more than 20 programmes ranging from level 2 through to degree level Apprenticeships.

Carlisle College provides students with the best facilities that reflect those found in industry, combined with teaching staff who are experts in their fields and have real life industry experience – a perfect combination to allow students to realise their career ambitions and make a valuable contribution within the workforce of our Employer Partners.


Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for an organisation to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

The Apprenticeship Programme in Cumbria is essential in supporting the development of skills needed for key sectors of the economy including Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, Health and Social Care, Construction, Professional Services and the Creative Industries. Cumbria boasts some of the most successful achievement rates for Apprenticeships in the UK with 71% of all Apprentices successfully achieving their Apprenticeship programme – the second highest in the country.

Did you know?

For Small and Medium sized businesses with a pay bill of under £3million per annum, the Government will fund 95-100% of Apprenticeship Training costs? There are also a number of Government funded grants available. To find out more about funding and grants, please click here

Company Benefits

96% of employers with apprentices experience at least one benefit from taking on apprentices, and most can count at least 8 benefits


73% of employers say that staff morale is improved by having apprentices


86% of employers say that apprentices helped to develop relevant skills for the organisation and to fill skills gaps


74% of employers say that apprentices improved products or service quality


78% of employers say that apprentices have improved productivity


67% of employers say that employing apprentices improved their image in the sector


69% of employers say that employing apprentices improved staff retention


25% of consumers are willing to pay more for products from a business that employs apprentices


Please find below more information on some of the Employer Partners we work with throughout the year. If you want to learn more about becoming an Employer Partner, please contact us for more information.

  • SeavorChartered

    Carlisle Accountants that enjoy helping business owners take control of their finances, while minimising their tax liabilities.


  • Marston Building and Management Ltd

    We are a family run business set up by Shaun Marston with over 30 years experience.


  • Dodd & Co Accountants

    Today Dodd & Co have 11 partners and over 170 staff. We have clients up and down the country, travelling being no issue, but our home is Cumbria and always will be.


  • S H Electrical UK Ltd

    S H Electrical UK Ltd offers a full range of electrical services to suit your needs - from moving a light switch or socket to complete rewires.


  • Morgas Plumbing and Heating Ltd

    All Plumbing & Heating - Gas Safe Registered - LPG Registered - Servicing, Break Down, Repairs - Landlord Safety Certificates - Boilers swaps - Installation

    Morgas Plumbing and Heating on Yell

  • Genesis Homes

    Genesis Homes was formed out of a desire to build desirable homes that quite simply ‘work’. Genesis Homes has implemented a core selection of 2, 3, 4 and 5 bed house types that are practical and aesthetically pleasing homes.


  • Bellcare

    Bellcare offer a wide range of services for elderly and disabled persons throughout North and West Cumbria


  • L J Renvoize Building

    L J Renvoize Building is made up of a carefully selected team of house builders. With 25 years of combined experience in house extensions and building services, we deliver professional results at every stage of construction.


  • Cumbria Constabulary

    Keeping Cumbria Safe

    Cumbria Constabulary

  • Sawyers Construction

    Sawyers construction was established by it's current owner Peter Sawyers, and has been supplying and installing quality windows, doors and conservatories since 1985, throughout Cumbria, the Lakes and South West Scotland

    Sawyers Construction

  • Saint & Co Chartered Accountants

    Helping you enhance your business, personal finances and your future


  • Scott & Porter

    Scott & Porter offer Plumbing & Heating services in Carlisle and around Cumbria. Look out for their new showroom opening soon at Shaddongate.

  • GA Wilson Plastering Contractors Ltd

    GA Wilson Plastering Contractors Ltd offer a professional service in all aspects of Plastering, Rendering & associated services in both Domestic and Commercial sectors


  • C Sharkey Plumbing & Heating

    Bathroom Installation | Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing | Plumbing Repair & Maintenance

    C Sharkey on Yell

  • Postma Electrical

    POSTMA ELECTRICAL LIMITED, NICEIC Approved and NICEIC Part P electrical contractors covering Newcastle, Hexham, Haltwhistle, Northumberland and Cumbria with a wide variety of electrical contracting work.


  • R T Keedwell

    R.T. Keedwell has been delighting customers with excellence of service in transport, general haulage and distribution since 1969. With strong traditional values and an established culture, R.T. Keedwell puts customer service, safety and a competent workforce at the heart of the business


  • Fell View Plumbing & Heating Services

    Covering the Carlisle and surrounding areas. Fell View Plumbing & Heating offers a reliable and trustworthy service. Specific types of work they do are: Domestic Plumbing, Bathroom Installations, Central Heating Systems, General Leaks And Repairs

    Fell View Plumbing & Heating Services

  • Bowman Building Contractors

    All aspects of brickwork, stonework & blockwork across Cumbria. New build developments, extensions, alterations & property maintenance. Experienced quality tradesmen. Fully qualified and insured.


  • Patrickson Bricklaying Services Ltd

    All aspects of bricklaying undertaken, with decades of experience our team of qualified and fully insured tradesman can provide you with the assurances you need going into any build.


  • PK Engineering

    PK Engineering has been offering design, installation and maintenance of mechanical and electrical (M & E) services to the public, retail, industrial, commercial and leisure sectors for nearly 30 years.


  • First Engineering Services Ltd

    First Engineering Services Ltd – a leader in delivering bespoke and complex projects, specialising in the beverage, food and manufacturing industries.


  • Smithfield Garage

    WELCOME TO SMITHFIELD GARAGE We can assist you with:M.O.T., Servicing for all makes and models, Diagnostics, Bodywork

    Smithfield Garage

  • The Halston

    Home to award winning apartments with hotel comforts, events and meeting spaces, 2 bars and restaurants and onsite spa, The Halston hotel in Carlisle is the place to sleep, eat, drink & meet in the city centre.


  • BQ Heating and Plumbing Ltd

    Heating problems and minor plumbing work. Gas central heating boiler installs, Underfloor heating servicing, Boiler servicing and breakdowns

    BQ Heating and Plumbing on Facebook

  • Electrical Services Incorporated Ltd

    Electrical Services Incorporated Ltd offer a comprehensive range of electrical services in the Industrial, commercial and domestic sectors. Our experienced electrical and electronic engineers can service almost all you electrical requirements.


  • David Allen

    David Allen was established in 1997 and now has a team of over 90 dedicated professionals working from our offices based in Dalston, Dumfries, Penrith and Workington. With experienced specialists in a range of areas we provide accountancy, tax, financial planning and business support services to businesses and individuals in Cumbria, South West Scotland and further afield.


  • VAG Doctor LTD

    Dan Hannon at VAG Doctor LTD – Volkswagen Group Specialists is an expert in diagnostics, maintenance and repair of any Volkswagen Group vehicle – including all Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, SEAT and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.


  • hoteligent

    Providing accommodation and travel solutions to sports teams, corporate and individual customers since 2000, Hoteligent can provide you with an unrivalled service offering. On budget. On time. Everytime.



    UNISON is the UK's largest union and represents more than 1.3 million people - working in the private and public sector - providing vital services to the public.


  • Eclipse Office Technologies

    Eclipse Office Technologies are specialists in Information & Communications Technology, providing all types and sizes of businesses with communication products,services and solutions.


  • Flat Plastering

    Flat plastering service over 15 years experience, all aspects off plastering undertaken. Skimming Dabbing Floating Rendering

    On Facebook

  • Atkinson Building Contractors

    Atkinson Building Contractors offer a wide range of building services from the smallest of maintenance jobs to a full design and build service on commercial, public sector and residential developments and quality homes from one bedroom flats for a first time buyer up to one-off prestigious luxury builds – we truly are a one stop shop building solution.


  • S M Jackson Ltd

    Brickwork and stonework specialists

    SM Jackson on Facebook

  • A Wilderness Way Ltd

    Caring for young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties


  • Cubby Construction

    Cubby Construction is a multi-disciplined business operating throughout the UK that has been a leading name in construction, civil engineering, joinery manufacture and installation, and sustainable housing since 1968.


  • Viaduct Developments

    Viaduct Developments trades in every area of the construction industry with projects ranging from small domestic contracts such as kitchen and bathroom fitting to complete renovations of houses, new build, and bespoke timber frame houses. In addition, we also provide specialist services including stove installation, flood recovery, timber preservation treatments, damp proofing and tanking systems.


  • PSG Plumbing and Heating

    Professional & Fully Qualified Plumbing, Heating and Gas engineer Offering Services: Bathrooms | Service & Repair | Boiler install and Repair | All domestic plumbing work undertaken | 24Hr Call outs

    PSG Plumbing and Heating on Facebook

  • Complete Engineering Services (Carlisle) Ltd

    Complete Engineering Services (Carlisle) Ltd. is a leading precision engineering company based in Crosby-On-Eden, Carlisle. Founded in 1998, the company has now established itself as one of the leading precision engineering firms within the local area serving Cumbria and South West Scotland.


  • Pirelli

    Founded in 1872, Pirelli is one of the world’s major tyre operators in terms of sales.With a commercial presence in more than 160 countries, the group counts 20 production sites in the world and employs approximately 37,000 people.


  • Chapmans Heating and Plumbing Contactors Ltd

    Established over 30 years offering a reliable and competitive service for heating installations and repairs and all aspects of plumbing work.

    Chapmans Online

  • ECM Vehicle Logistics Network

    Since entering the vehicle delivery industry in 1979, ECM has developed a reputation for customer satisfaction resulting in a loyal and ever expanding client base. Today ECM is globally recognised as a market leader in Finished Vehicle Logistics.


  • J2 Plastering Services

    Skimming - Plaster-boarding - Dry-lining - Pebble dashing - Rendering - Krend - Lime rendering

    J2 Plastering Services on Facebook

  • R.Iveson Main Street Garage

    Family run business offering a wide range of garage services. MOT - Servicing - Repairs - Tyres - Welding - Air Con - Batteries - Brakes - Clutches - Diagnostics

    R.Iveson Main Street Garage on Facebook

  • WM Services Construction and Maintenance

    WM Services Construction and Maintenance is a multi-disciplined business operating throughout North West England providing construction services.

    WM Services Construction and Maintenance on Facebook

  • J&M Build

    J&M Build specialise in New Builds, Extensions, Barn Conversions and Renovations. Taking a job from paper into the ground to the final coat of paint.

    J&M Build on Facebook

  • University of Cumbria

    We are Cumbria’s University – enriching people and place. A place of and for our community. A place of possibility. A place where amazing journeys happen. With guidance and support. Where it’s safe to be brave, to be boldly you. Where you’re seen and understood. Where knowledge changes lives, communities and business. Where stand out graduates go on to untold possibilities, making a positive difference to our world.


  • Patrick James Solutions

    At Patrick James Solutions we aim to create a long-term relationship with our clients, by becoming a trusted intermediary for Mortgage & Protection Advice.


  • Amcor

    Amcor is a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home- and personal-care, and other products.


  • Trinity School

    Trinity School is a place of high standards, underpinned by distinctive Christian values. Responsibility for self and others is encouraged, and there are superb opportunities for all of our students to achieve. Students are at the heart of all that we do at Trinity: their achievements academically, alongside their well-being and wider development as well-rounded individuals.


  • Robinson Car and Commercial

    Robinson Car and Commercial is a family run business based in Silloth, West Cumbria and have been running as an independent garage since 2010. We are your number one choice when it comes to repairing your vehicle, both domestic and commercial as well as plant and agricultural equipment.


  • Armstrong Watson

    Armstrong Watson has been supporting, advising and protecting clients across the North of England and Scotland for over 150 years, providing a full range of specialist services and financial advice including accountancy, cloud accounting, audit, tax, payroll, corporate finance, financial planning, wealth management, forensic accounting and corporate restructuring, recovery and insolvency.



team member

Vicky Stafford

Account Manager
Phone: 07921 384599
Email: vstafford@carlisle.ac.uk

Debbie MacLeod

Project & Employment Support Adviser
Email: dmacleod@carlisle.ac.uk

Mal Chandler

Business Development Assistant
Email: mchandler@carlisle.ac.uk

Client Testimonials

  • "At David Allen IT Solutions, we really value the Carlisle College Apprenticeship programme. The IT Apprenticeship that is delivered is so relevant to our business, and is tailored in such a way that the learning that our Apprentices undertake really enhances what they do with us in the workplace. Apprentices are so important to us, we acknowledge that the fresh ideas young people bring to our organisation cultivates innovation, and in a world of technology in which we operate this gives us the competitive edge."

    - Gary Martin
    Director, David Allen IT Solutions
  • "I would just like to say thank you for the fantastic support we have received from Carlisle College.

    I cannot believe the rapid response, from our first conversation only three weeks ago, you have advertised on our behalf, selected CVs, sent them to us, organised the interviews and we now have a fantastic Apprentice joining us.

    I would honestly say, the quality was second to none. If it have been possible I would have offered them all a position with Cavaghan and Gray - 2SFG.

    I cannot stress the time you saved our business with you doing it all for us - we had the easy task of interview and selection.
    We look forward to working with you again when we recruit for our next Apprentice."

    - Barry Carruthers
    Learning & Development Manager Cavaghan & Gray - 2SFG
  • "I found the Apprentice recruitment process with Carlisle College really simple and easy, I rang the College and the very same day I had a list of 9 potential candidates from which I chose my current Apprentice."

    - David Benn
    Owner, David Benn Bricklayer


Carlisle College Apprenticeship Team

Carlisle College, Victoria Place, Carlisle, Cumbria. CA1 1HS


01228 822708