About us

The idea of Activate Apprenticeships started in 2013. We are now the largest apprenticeship provider in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, and increasingly deliver in other parts of the UK.

We foresaw major changes in the government’s apprenticeship policy. We now know these changes as the apprenticeship levy, employer-designed standards and related reforms.

With employers given more influence by the government, we saw an opportunity for a new kind of training provider – Activate Apprenticeships.

Why choose us

We combined the best of Activate Learning’s educational pedigree with exceptional commercial flexibility. We cover a wide range of apprenticeships, such as: automotive, business, care, construction, digital, education, engineering, furniture, hair, hospitality, logistics and sport. We can also work with specialist sub-contractors as required by clients.

As experts in apprenticeship reforms, we provide advice to clients on all aspects of learning and development, recruitment, apprenticeship standards, funding compliance and securing return on training investment.

Our award-winning training is provided by our own teams at clients’ sites nationally. A third of our activity is provided by teaching staff in the group’s seven campuses. With skills in short supply in many sectors, we help with recruitment and provide a talent pipeline from 16,000 students who study with Activate Learning’s colleges and schools across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. As a member of the Collab Group, we also bring a national network of colleges and access to a talent pipeline of over 100,000 students.

When required, our managed service delivery model looks ‘upstream’ to deliver exactly to clients’ requirements, and ‘downstream’ to our own teams and specialist delivery partners across the UK. This maximises flexibility for clients, with clear expectations for all partners and stakeholders.

Activate Apprenticeships is part of Activate Learning, and we have embedded their vision, mission and values into our culture:

  • Our vision is to effect far reaching, progressive change and impact through learning
  • Our mission is to transform lives through learning
  • We value empowerment, enterprise, connectedness and transformation