How to find and recruit an apprentice

An apprenticeship combines learning at a college/training provider with on-site experience to give apprentices the right mix of technical and practical skills.

Why should you hire an apprentice? Apprenticeships are the bedrock of many businesses. They are preparing the next generation of  workers and represent an exciting option for both apprentice and employer.

You can employ apprentices at different levels, from school leavers and university graduates, to people who want to further their careers or change career direction completely.

Not only is the apprentice gaining from the experience, as an employer you are too. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship which helps the apprentice learn and develop new skills that directly improve your business; helping both to grow.



Resources which aim to support Students, apprentice’s, volunteers and employers in the work place are available here.

Learner Well being Handbook

Supporting Students Well-being and Safeguarding in the Workplace

Create an apprenticeship service account

The apprenticeship service is a government online service which will allow you to set up and manage your apprenticeships.

All apprenticeships in England must be managed through the apprenticeship service and you will need to set up an account in order to use the service.

Why you need an account

By creating an apprenticeship service account, you’ll be able to:

  • access and manage apprenticeship funding
  • set up and approve apprentices
  • advertise roles on the ‘Find an apprenticeship’ service
  • approve training costs
  • check payments to training providers
  • give training providers permission to carry out some tasks on your behalf
  • give feedback on apprenticeship training

How to create an Account

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Skills for Life campaign

This week the Government launched the Skills for Life campaign highlighting the range of training and employment schemes available for businesses wanting to boost their workforce capabilities, including apprenticeships, traineeships and T-Levels.

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Please consider encouraging your employees to visit Skills for Life to take advantage of a range of training offers – including digital skills qualifications as well as numeracy and English language courses.

You can also support the training and employment schemes by downloading and sharing the materials in the campaign toolkits included below:

Information for Employers

Apprentices can be new or current employees.

Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying to gain skills and knowledge in a specific job.

Off The Job Rules

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Incentives for hiring an apprentice

Government Incentive to support Employers to recruit apprentice’s into their organisations

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Information for employers about Traineeships

Government Incentive to support Employers to recruit Traineeships into their organisations

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