New year heralds big change for leading apprenticeship provider

The leading apprenticeship provider for the Thames Valley has announced it will operate under two new brands, in what is set to be a ‘game-changing’ year for apprenticeships across the UK.

Oxford-based Activate Enterprise will – as of today (4 January) – operate as Activate Apprenticeships. Meanwhile, its leadership, management and professional development services will be now known as Activate Business School.

Its 50-year history as the region’s largest training provider – with exclusive access to Activate Learning’s colleges’ facilities and 16,000 students – remains unchanged.

However – the team and services have transformed over the last two years now providing training across the UK and – through Activate Business School – tailored leadership, management and professional development as well as a broad range of apprenticeship training.

Activate Apprenticeships and Activate Business School work with over 2,000 businesses in the UK, across a range of sectors.

The change has been triggered by the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and related government reforms to apprenticeship funding and standards.

The levy will raise £3 billion a year through a payroll tax on larger businesses and this will almost double the level of government funding currently available to invest in apprenticeship programmes.

Pablo Lloyd – chief executive of Activate Apprenticeships and Activate Business School – said: “Our move to Activate Apprenticeships and Activate Business School responds directly to feedback from our clients and emerging changes in apprenticeships.

“For young people – apprenticeships are great way to earn whilst they learn without any unwanted debt and, there has never be a better time to start an apprenticeship.

“The apprenticeship changes present a real opportunity for businesses to invest in their current and future talent. Investing in apprenticeships does in fact mean investing in skilled and talented young people, as well as investing in current employees to keep ahead of competitors.

“This year will undoubtedly be a game-changing year for apprenticeships in the UK. It’s our intention to play a major part in it by helping businesses and apprentices take full advantage of the new system.

“In January and February we will be running breakfast seminars in Oxford and Reading to help businesses get to grips with the changes.”

Heading into 2017 – Activate Apprenticeships currently offer a range of apprenticeships across multiple sectors, such as qualifications in business services, classic car restoration, health and social care, IT and digital marketing, and leadership and management.


For more information – please contact Activate Learning Group Marketing Business Partner, Rob Panting via: or call: 01865 551930 or 07919 352924. Alternatively – please contact Activate Learning Group Branding and Communications Manager, Jon Goode via: or call: 01865 551 885 or 07799 410 440.