Apprenticeships are a great way for your business to develop employees with the skills and experience you need.

They are work-based learning training programmes, which usually take 2 to 3 years to complete.  Anyone over 16 can apply.

There are three levels:

  • Foundation Apprenticeships (equivalent to five GCSEs, grade A-C)
  • Apprenticeship (equivalent to two A Level passes)
  • Higher Apprenticeships

What are the costs?

As the employer, you decide what to pay your apprentice; there is a National Minimum Wage for apprentices. 

Most of the training is ‘on the job’ at your business, but you will be working with an approved training provider, such as a local college.  They are funded to manage the apprentice’s training and assessment programme, which usually involves day-release. 

Apprenticeship Matching Service

Apprenticeships logo Employers You can recruit your apprentice through Apprenticeship Matching Service. 

This online service allows you to:

  • View all your applicants 
  • Carry out shortlisting and organise pre-interview tests/checks
  • Send invitations for interview
  • Accept and reject applicants; all online

Or, your learning provider may be able to manage this on your behalf; ask them.