Advice for business partners

The coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is evolving rapidly and we're monitoring the situation on a daily basis, following the advice provided by Public Health England and the UK Government.

We'd like to reassure you that we're still here to help our employer partners, apprentices, and businesses in our region.

Our commitment to employers and apprentices

At ARU our teams are set up to support every one of our employer partners and apprentices through his unprecedented time. 

The Government, as well as ARU, is committed to supporting apprentices, as employers continue to build the skills capabilities the country needs now and in the future.

As part of the cross-Government efforts to respond to the impact of COVID-19, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is implementing new measures, for the duration of the pandemic, to make it easier for apprenticeships to continue and complete in a different way, if they need to or to break and resume an apprenticeship later when that becomes possible.

We are working in line with this emerging guidance to support our employers and apprentices.. We’ll be in touch with you in relation to your individual circumstances over the coming weeks.

If you'd like to talk to one of the team about apprenticeships, please contact us via

Support for business

We’re helping our region to recover from the impact of COVID-19, with two new initiatives.

Innovation vouchers

Our new innovation vouchers provide you with funding which can be used to access our research and innovation support such as consultancy and contract research. Each voucher is worth up to £5,000.


Connect with a recent ARU graduate through our fully-funded internship programme. We'll match you to the most suitable intern based on your needs and their skill-set.

Find out more about business support and register your interest: email