Hire an Apprentice

Apprenticeship Information

Apprenticeship information for employers

  • What?
  • Why?
  • Pay?
  • Where?
  • How?
  • More Information

An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying assessment and skills development programme. Apprentices can be current employee or a new employee. It is a way for individuals to earn while they learn gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role. The apprentice gains this through a wide mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment. Apprenticeships benefit employers and individuals, and by boosting the skills of the workforce they help to improve economic productivity.

  • work with experienced staff
  • learn job-specific skills
  • study during their working week (for example, at a college or training organisation)

The national minimum wage for an apprentice aged 16-18 is £3.70 per hour – increasing to £3.90 in April 2019.

You must pay an Apprentice at least minimum wage. However many employers pay more than this. 

Pay is dependent on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship.

You can get government funding to cover some of the cost of training and assessing an apprentice if you’re in England.

Many businesses employ apprentices, small employers with less than 10 employees, all the way up to large multi-national and global companies based in England.

Apprenticeships are available in many industries from A to Z, from Accountancy through to Zoology.

Please contact Marie and see  'Steps to Hiring an Apprentice'

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Steps to Hiring an Apprentice

1 - Contact Skill Up Apprenticeship and Skills Adviser

Contact Marie Howard 
to arrange an appointment telephone or face to face.  Marie will then take you through the following steps:

2 - Explore and find out

Explore the challenges that you face with recruitment and skills gaps within your organisation. Find out if the apprenticeship route is the right one for your business or if there is another skills solution needed

3 - Discuss suitable apprenticeships

Discuss the range and levels of Apprenticeships that are available and which may be most suitable.

4 - Find Out about training provision

Marie will be able to let you know about the training provision available in the local area

5 - Funding

Marie can explain to you how the funding works

6 - Introductions

Introduce you to a number of local colleges and or training providers who will then be able to talk to you in more detail about their individual delivery models and costs *these will vary between training providers

7 - advertise your vacancy

The Training Provider or College will then help you to advertise your vacancy through the Find an apprenticeship website.

8 - training plan and any initial assessments 

If an existing member of staff, the training organisation will talk both the employer and individual through the training plan and any initial assessments required.

9 - apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement 

Once you have selected your apprentice, make an apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement with them.  Your Training Organisation can help with this.

10 - Ongoing Support

Through out your Apprenticeship and skills journey your chosen training provider will be on hand to offer support and advice.  At any time you can always get back in contact with Marie for free impartial advice and guidance. 

benefits apprentices can bring to your business

Raise staff morale

Improve your productivity

Upskill existing staff

Match the skills of employees to the skills you need

Improve your company image

Reduce staff turnover

Attract the best candidates

Increase your diversity

Costs for employers

Non Levy Payer
(pay bill of less than £3 million a year)

Employers with a pay bill of less than £3 million a year will not need to pay the levy.

At least 90% of non-levy-paying employers’ apprenticeship training and assessment costs in England will be paid for by the government. 

The government will ask these employers to make a 5% (as of 01/04/2019) cash contribution to the cost, paid directly to the provider, and the government covers the rest (up to the maximum agreed funding band).


The apprenticeship levy If you’re an employer with a pay bill over £3 million a year, you must pay the apprenticeship levy from 6 April 2017. 

Read guidance on how to pay the apprenticeship levy. You will report and pay your levy to HMRC through the PAYE process.

The levy will give employers control of their training, agree a total price for each apprenticeship, which includes the costs of training and assessment. In England*, the government will top up employers’ levy with an extra 10%, paid directly to employers’ apprenticeship accounts.



All of your local training providers working together to ensure we have the highest quality training to meet then needs of our local community and employers skills needs.  

The network comprises of 42 colleges and independent training providers.  For more information on the training that the DSTPN offer or support with engaging in other training provision outside of the Network Marie or Jane will be able to support your Apprenticeship and Skills journey, whether an individual or employer

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