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Five steps to employing an apprentice

1 – Write your job description – Decide on what you want your apprentice to do and check the apprenticeships framework to find a framework at a suitable level to meet your requirements.

2 – Plan your finances – Make sure you can pay them the national minimum apprentice wage and see if there is any grant funding available.

3 – Prepare for your apprentice – Most business choose to deliver training through a local training provider. Your chosen provider will work with you to develop a tailored training programme to ensure you and your apprentice get what you need. Training has a cost and it’s worthwhile meeting several providers before committing. You can find out more regarding training providers here.

4 – Start recruiting – Find your apprentice by advertising the role. Social media or online recruitment websites are popular. Your training provider can also help with this as can theNational Apprenticeship Service. Telephone 08000 150 600

5 – Select your apprentice –make an apprenticeship agreement with them.

For more information visit The Employer’s Guide to Apprenticeships

Training Providers

Apprenticeship training is delivered by professional training providers, of which there are three types.

Main providers:

  • deliver apprenticeship training to employers that will use the apprenticeship service to pay for apprenticeship training
  • deliver apprenticeship training to their own apprentices, or apprentices of their connected companies’, if they will use the apprenticeship service to pay for apprenticeship training
  • deliver apprenticeship training as a subcontractor

Employer providers:

  • deliver apprenticeship training to their own apprentices, or apprentices of their connected companies’, if they will use the apprenticeship service to pay for apprenticeship training

This includes delivering apprenticeship training as a subcontractor to their own apprentices or apprentices of their connected companies’.

Supporting providers:

  • enter into subcontracting arrangements that total up to £500,000 per year. This is the aggregation of all contracts they will hold with providers or employer providers for apprenticeship delivery.

All organisations that provide apprenticeship training  are listed on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) and have been through an application process with the ESFA that considers: due diligence, capability, quality and financial health to ensure their capability to deliver high-quality apprenticeship training.

The Apprenticeship Levy

The apprenticeship levy supports people of all ages to gain high-quality skills and experience and helps employers to offer more training opportunities and build a skilled workforce.

Employers with a wage bill over £3,000,000 will need to pay the apprenticeship levy. To help employers understand how much they will need to pay, there is a handy funding calculator that can be used.

How it works

Details of the scheme and information on how employers can access the scheme to employ apprentices can be found here.