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Looking to take on an apprentice?

DTA was set up in 1988 by employers for employers to offer specialist engineering training across the North Yorkshire region. After 30 Years' of Training Excellence, DTA continues to offer employer led apprenticeship training. 

At DTA, we want to make your recruitment and training experience as easy as possible and to help you find the future for your business. 

Please email DTA's Business Development Manager on to discuss your requirements. 

What Apprenticeships do DTA offer?

DTA offer Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeships in the following disciplines:

  • Mechanical Manufacture
  • Electrical and Electronics
  • Maintenance Engineering
  • Fabrication and Welding
  • CAD Design
  • Project Engineering
  • Quality Engineering

As a progression route, or for applicants who have A-Levels in Maths, Science & Engineering, DTA offer Higher Apprenticeships in:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • General Engineering

To start a Higher Apprenticeship, the applicant must undertake an interview with the Lead Higher Nationals Trainer.

Am I a Levy or a Non-Levy Employer?

In 2017,the way that Apprenticeships are funded changed. Employers are now split into a Levy and a Non-Levy funding category.

If you are unsure of which funding category your business falls into, please look at the below help sheets that will give you further information. 

Non-Levy Help Sheet

Levy Help Sheet

How do I recruit an apprentice?

1.   You will need to register your interest in recruiting a new apprentice. You can do this in two ways:

     - If you have all the details you need from DTA, please complete an Employer Registration Form which your vacancy details and email this to We can then start advertising your    vacancy on the Find an Apprenticeship website, Social Media and in local Schools/Sixth Forms. 

     - If you are taking on an apprentice for the first time, please contact us and a member of DTA's Recruitment Team will visit you to understand your business and discuss your requirements.  

2.   Through a process of assessment and interview, DTA will shortlist applicants for your vacancy who match the requirements specified by you. Once we have a number of applicants on the shortlist, a member of the Team will visit you to discuss who you would like to invite in for a formal interview. 

3.   Once you have selected which applicant(s) you want to employ, please notify us and we can inform you of the next steps.  

What some of our partners think of DTA:

Working with our apprentices is inspirational as they work to realise their potential and become the future. DTA are nothing short of great, during the 10 years of working with them they help us to achieve our goals and continually raise the standards of training delivery. DTA have one goal and that is the need to satisfy the needs of the apprentice and the employer.

Mark Carter

Dale Power Solutions

Taking on an apprentice has helped us improve the skills base within the company and is the fastest way to get a new employee to make a significant contribution to the business. DTA takes the hassle out of the recruitment process. As DTA are industry led they know the importance of employability and pass their skills and experience onto learners.

Richard Shaw

Ellis Patents

Continued Business Support

A DTA Trainer/Assessor will complete a Training Needs Analysis with you once you have recruited an apprentice and this will determine their units and qualifications during their 4 year apprenticeship. They day attendance to DTA will be communicated to you and this counts towards their required 20% off the job learning as part of the Apprenticeship Standard. A DTA Trainer/Assessor will then make regular company visits to discuss your apprentices progress. 

DTA offers apprentices to take part in extra curricular activities which will help them to develop additional employment skills:

  • Rotary Technology Tournament
  • Community Projects
  • Careers Events in local Schools and Colleges
  • Outbound Activities

Other Information

It is your discretion as to what you pay your apprentice. DTA has no knowledge as to what each apprentice is paid. 

For guidelines, please check the Government National Minimum Wage at

You must pay your apprentice for their day release at DTA as their 20% off the job learning must take place during their contracted hours.