Employ an apprentice

Extend and upskill your business by hiring an apprentice

Get your business skills gap covered by welcoming someone with innovative ideas to be part of your team whether they are a current employee or a fresh face.

The aim of an apprenticeship is for the business to gain a valuable employee who has been moulded and trained into a job role whilst they gain a recognised qualification.

How do I recruit an apprentice?

There are several steps to taking on an apprentice.

  1. Choose an apprenticeships framework or standard for an apprenticeship in your industry and at a suitable level.
  2. Find a training organisation that offers apprenticeships for your industry – they’ll handle your apprentice’s training, qualification and assessment.
  3. Check you’re eligible for a grant and apply.
  4. Advertise your apprenticeship – your training organisation will do this for you through the find an apprenticeship service.
  5. Select your apprentice and make an apprenticeship agreement with them.

Finding an apprentice to suit

Apprenticeship frameworks will help you to find an apprenticeship that suits your business and the skills you require. The apprenticeship framework will need to match with a training organisation so the they can train the apprentice and help them to achieve their nationally recognised qualification.

The levels of an apprentice can range from Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE) to Level 4-7 (equivalent to foundation degree and above).  An apprenticeship can normally last for up to 5 years depending on the level of the course.

For a step-by-step guide to the apprenticeship service, click here.


As an employer you will set the wage for your Apprentices at the start of the Apprenticeship. To attract the right candidates this needs to be competitive and many employers build in incentives to recognise achievement.

The minimum wage for an apprentice in their first year must be paid at least £3.50 / hour, regardless of age (April 2017). After the first year, the apprentice is entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.

Do you know about the Apprenticeship Levy? (April 2017)

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To view more about the Apprenticeship Levy, please visit here. 

Digital Apprentice Service

If you haven’t already, you will need to set up your account. It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. You will need a few bits of information when you set up your account. The register to manage your apprenticeship funds page tells you everything you need.

To answer any questions you have, please read this blog post: 5 questions employers ask when registering for the apprenticeship service. However, if you have any questions or issues accessing the service, please call 08000 150 600 or email Helpdesk@manage-apprenticeships.service.gov.uk.

Updated funding rules

Please note that the Apprenticeship funding and performance management rules 2017 to 2018 have been updated and includes a useful Summary of Changes document. These rules apply to all apprenticeship programmes starting on or after 1 May 2017.