Supporting apprentices properly from recruitment through to final accreditation is essential to retaining your apprentices. 

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Apprentice recruitment - the basics

Apprenticeships are a great way for employers to ‘grow their own’ talent. They also provide an excellent route for young people to enter the labour market when starting out in their careers. There are many ways of recruiting an apprentice and the route you take will depend on the age of the apprentice you are looking to recruit.

You could:

  • Advertise and recruit in the same way you would any employee
  • Liaise with the Government-sponsored 'Get in go far' apprenticeship support site (England only)
  • Recruit directly from schools/colleges - this is a good way to attract high quality candidates. You could run information stands at open days, attend parent evenings and invite young people to visit your company
  • Use your training partners to help you recruit
  • Use appropriate websites and social media including local networks and career fairs.

Find out more information on the Government's 'Get in go far' campaign

Remember that apprentices can come from within your own organisation as well so ‘recruitment’ in this sense might be from within your existing workforce. advises there are several steps to taking on an apprentice. You could choose an apprenticeships framework or standard for an apprenticeship in your industry and at a suitable level or find an organisation that offers training for the apprenticeship framework or standard you’ve chosen.

Find out more information on apprenticeship training

You should check what funding is available.

Find out more information on funding

Advertise your apprenticeship - your training organisation will do this for you through the find an apprenticeship service.

Explore the find an apprenticeship service

Select your apprentice and make an apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement with them:

Find out more information on apprenticeship agreements

Get more information on employing an apprentice

Supporting apprentices on the job

There is a wealth of superb best practice advice on supporting apprentices once they start their qualification. 

The CIPD has a number of excellent guides called 'Apprenticeships that work'.

See the CIPD guides