5 Easy Steps

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1. Write your job description
Decide on the job you want your apprentice to do or which area in the company they will work in? Check the apprenticeships framework for an apprenticeship in your industry and at a suitable level.

2.  Plan your finances

  • How much do you want to pay them?  Taking on an apprentice is good value for money and it is possible to receive a government grant to cover the costs of training. The national minimum wage for an apprentice per hour depends on age, although many employers choose to pay a higher rate.
  • Check you’re eligible for a grant and apply. Support of £1500 may be available to employers* (*subject to eligibility).

3. Prepare for your apprentice
Decide how you want to train your apprentice.  While you may want to deliver training in-house, many businesses choose to outsource the delivery of training to a local training provider. Your chosen provider will work with you to develop a tailored training programme to ensure your apprentice gets the best start in their career with you.  There are different apprentice frameworks and levels of apprenticeships and this training element may cost, so make sure you meet with a few providers before committing.

4. Start recruiting
Find your apprentice! Advertise the role and use the National Apprenticeship Vacancy website to help.

You can use an apprenticeship training agency if you want to employ an apprentice without the responsibility for running the apprenticeship scheme.

Contact the National Apprenticeship Service  if you need help and support.  Telephone 08000 150 600

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

For more information go to The Small Business Guide to Apprenticeships