SPARK – The Apprenticeship Marketplace

Welcome to SPARK - matchmaking for future degree apprentices and local industry employers.

SPARK is a matchmaking opportunity which gives future apprentices the chance to be interviewed by employers for a Degree Apprenticeship, allowing you to build a skilled team by connecting with the talent of the future. SPARK is a free apprenticeship marketplace that is open to all recruiters from any sector who are looking to promote Degree Apprenticeship job opportunities or work trials which may lead to a full-time Apprenticeship. 

Recruit the best future talent

SPARK is designed to be a speed pitching session where employers get to meet one-to-one with potential apprentices. Participating is an excellent opportunity for you to raise your profile and speak with potential candidates face-to-face on a more meaningful level than through an application form or a CV. You’ll then be able to determine face-to-face whether a candidate is a good fit for your company’s culture and goals thereby significantly shortening the screening process. You’ll also be able to judge the pitches and award your opportunity to the potential apprentices who impress the most.

Address the skills gap

Reduce costs for staff recruitment

Recruit the best future talent

Drive change and innovation from within

Students on Preston Campus

How to take part

Join us on 30 March, where our SPARK – The Apprenticeship Marketplace Employer 2023 event will be taking place at our University of Central Lancashire, Preston campus in the Engineering and Innovation Centre. The event is from 09:00am to 1:30pm.

Book your place

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Employers talk about Degree Apprenticeships

  • UCLan engineering students in the fluid thermo laboratory

    Director and current executive degree apprentice, David Clarkson, highlights the value that Degree Apprenticeships bring to both employers and employees.

    Tuesday 10 January 2023
  • student being observed whilst working on a computer

    MGISS, one of the UK’s geospatial technology companies, have experienced the value that Degree Apprenticeships bring, with marketeer Luke O'Callaghan graduating with a BA (Hons) Digital Marketing Degree Apprenticeship.

    Friday 20 January 2023
  • Student in classroom

    Burnley-based social enterprise, E-Habits provide a range of services to local communities across the North West. With a commitment to learning and development, E-Habits have seen the value that Degree Apprenticeships bring for their staff and business.

    Monday 23 January 2023