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As funding for vocational qualifications moves towards a more localised model the need for employers to understand what is available and ensure their needs are met has never been greater.

Commissioning training through Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), for example, helps to address local priorities and skills gaps. Whilst the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy is designed to stimulate an increase in the use of apprenticeships.

On this page we’ve pulled together links to those products and services that can help employers understand what is available and take advantage of the opportunities.


We have a range of Intermediate, Advanced and Higher Level Apprenticeships in subjects as diverse as Accounting, Facilities Management and Social Media & Digital Marketing.

Take a look at what we can offer your apprentices.

Interested in employing an apprentice?

The gov.uk site can tell you more about the benefits of employing an apprentice and how to go about it.


With a history of working in partnership with our centres, we are now using our experience and expertise to support Trailblazer groups looking to develop high quality Standards for their sector. How can we help you? 


The flexibility of traineeships offers employers the opportunity to help build a pool of high quality future recruits for your sector.

If you are interested in employing someone under the traineeship scheme you can find out more at the gov.uk site.

A more detailed information sheet for employers are here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/traineeships-referral-sheet-employers

Bespoke qualifications

We can work with you to develop a bespoke qualification for your specific requirements. Find out more about how we have helped others on our case study page.

Verifying a certificate

If a job applicant provides a qualification certificate awarded by Gateway Qualifications or OCN Eastern Region that you would like to verify as authentic you can use our free online Certificate Authentication service.

Gateway Assured

If you would rather have you existing training programmes endorsed by a nationally recognised body then Gateway Assured is for you. We work closely with you to ensure that your staff or trainees benefit from high quality training.  Find out what the Gateway Assured programme can do for you.