National Apprenticeship Week runs from the 7th to the 13th of February and is designed to celebrate apprenticeship schemes and help businesses understand how they can add huge value to their organisation. The event will be marked by Harrogate based, VQ Solutions, who offer Government-funded apprenticeships to SMEs and Levy paying clients.

Founded in 2008, VQ Solutions has been providing vocational based training to individuals placed on apprenticeship schemes for organisations, both large and small. It is now the largest apprenticeship provider for Network Cable Installer apprenticeships in England but also offers a range of other apprenticeships including marketing, leadership and management and HR.

The company will be a familiar name to match-going fans of Leeds United, as VQ Solutions has been an LUFC Business Club Partner since 2020. The Business Club Partnership, which is managed by sports rights specialists, Eleven Sports Media, helps VQ Solutions share news of its apprenticeship services with businesses and potential apprentices via digital channels throughout Elland Road every matchday.

Andrew Gilmour at VQ Solutions,  explains the value of its apprenticeship services, commenting,

“Apprenticeships are incredibly important, as they allow individuals to learn whilst they earn, gaining valuable first hand experience. Many businesses overlook the fact that, apprenticeships can be a very effective way of upskilling and retraining existing staff, as well as recruiting new talent.”

Explaining why businesses need to act quickly to benefit from an apprenticeship scheme, Andrew continues,

“We’ve worked with many businesses to help them access apprenticeship funding which have allowed them to grow a skilled workforce. We’re encouraging businesses who want to invest in their workforce to reach out to us for information, advice and guidance.”

VQ Solutions can also advise Apprenticeship levy paying businesses in England to identify apprenticeship programmes for their staff.

The company is delighted to use National Apprenticeship Week to educate employers and potential apprentices about the opportunities available to them. Andrew concludes,

“We provide a free recruitment service for employers and expert advice to candidates looking to upskill or retrain. Many of the businesses we partner with come back to us every year to grow their teams, which is testament to the high standards we uphold. If we can’t deliver a suitable programme for an employer, we will help find an alternative provider at no cost.”

Anybody seeking an apprenticeship is encouraged to visit the VQ Solutions website at, where all of their vacancies are regularly updated.

Companies seeking expert advice and access to funding should contact the team on 01423 740006 to discuss their apprenticeship needs.