Employing an apprentice

An apprenticeship is a job that is completed while training. It allows people to earn while they learn and receive a recognised qualification to develop their future career.

Any resident living in England, who is over the age of 16 and not in full-time education is eligible for an apprenticeship.

Depending on your business, most apprenticeships will:

  • Take between 1 and 4 years to complete
  • Require employment for at least 30 hours per week
  • Require apprentices to receive a salary equal to or above the appropriate minimum wage, as well as annual leave and bank holiday entitlement
  • Require 20% of time spent studying and training (paid)

For full details regarding hours and salaries please refer to the most recent Apprenticeship Funding document.

How could an apprentice help my business?

An apprentice usually starts at a beginner's level. Upon completion of their apprenticeship, they are able to fulfil a range of duties specific to your business at an industry-standard level.

A training provider works closely with you to ensure that your apprentice's training meets both the requirements of the qualification and the employment needs of your business. The apprentice receives practical job specific skills which can be put into practice as they are learnt.

Finding an apprentice

As your apprentice will be an employee in your business, it is often useful to start by drafting a job description for the role which you would like them do to. You will need to keep in mind that you are asking someone to learn this role and develop their skills - an apprentice is a trainee, not an experienced professional.

This job description enables a training provider to recommend a suitable apprenticeship framework or standard for the role, and help you find your apprentice. Training is available for apprenticeships at intermediate, advanced and higher (degree) levels. For more useful information please visit the GOV.UK website.

Our specialist apprenticeship advisors are available to:

  • Provide advice on job descriptions for your apprentice or show you examples
  • Support in finding a training provider who runs apprenticeship courses suitable for your business
  • Advise on employment contracts for your apprentice, and show you examples

Job description

A Job description must state the following:

"This is an apprenticeship role and will require the post holder to attend training as designated by the training provider, and complete assignments required by the framework. The apprentice will be given time off to attend college"

Apprenticeship contracts

Small Businesses