Employer’s guide to Apprenticeships
Find out more about what an apprenticeship is, the different apprenticeship levels available and the criteria for becoming an apprentice.
An apprenticeship is a work-based training programme designed around the needs of employers, which leads to nationally recognised qualifications for the apprentice.
Apprenticeships can be used to train and develop people in almost any business or sector and now cover more than 1500 job roles.
Apprenticeships are high quality and rigorous and develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours that apprentices require for a specific job role. Training is flexible and is predominantly ‘on-the-job’ so it takes place within the workplace.
A key component of an apprenticeship is functional skills in English and maths. This supports the apprentice's study ensuring they are both numerate and literate and able to study at the level of their apprenticeship and conduct their work role. Employees with prior qualifications can use their previous attainment in place of this training.
Learning providers (such as a training provider or FE college) can help deliver the training or you can deliver everything independently by applying to be on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP).
There are four levels of apprenticeships available:
- Intermediate (entry level)
- Advanced (supervisor level)
- Higher (manager level)
- Degree (senior manager level)
Apprenticeships must last for at least 12 months, typically lasting between 12 to 18 months with degree apprenticeships lasting significantly longer. We can work with you to identify which level best suits your employees.
Anyone, from a school-leaver looking to enter the workplace to an existing employee who wants to progress in their chosen career. An apprenticeship is a great way to motivate your staff and enable them to take on more tasks and responsibilities.