Taking on an apprentice can be great for your business.  Apprentices can bring new energy into your business and help to increase your productivity.

What does an apprentice do?

  • A real job, with a salary, hands-on experience and training
  • You treat them like other employees, giving them a contract, a salary and holiday allowance
  • They spend 80% of their time at work, with the remaining time spent doing off-the-job training
  • You can employ them from age 16 up to any age, with varying training requirements depending on their age
  • There is a wide selection of apprenticeships available, covering a variety of job roles 
  • An apprenticeship typically lasts 12-24 months  
  • They work to an agreed standard which has been developed with employers

What are the benefits of hiring an apprentice?

  • The Department for Education is:
    • Providing a new payment of £2,000 to employers in England for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25; and in recognition of the value apprentices of any age can bring to our economic recovery, they are also introducing a new incentive payment of £1,500 for each new apprentice an employer hires aged 25 and over.
    • This scheme will be time limited and apply for each new eligible apprentice hired between 1st August 2020 and 31st January 2021.
    • These payments are in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the Government already provides for new 16-18-year-old apprentices (and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan). 
  • Apprentices are for anyone over the age of 16 – whether that’s a school leaver, a current employee or someone looking to retrain – so it’s a good way to diversify your workforce
  • You can adapt the training your apprentice receives according to the needs of your organisation
  • If you’re an SME, then the government will pay for up to 95% of apprentice’s training costs, and in some cases, additional grants are available
  • If you’re a levy payer, then get the most out of your contribution by hiring an apprentice 

90% of apprentices stay on in their place of work after completing an apprenticeship

86% of employers said apprenticeships developed skills relevant to their organisation

78% reported improved productivity

Hear from real employers:

“Apprentices have had an amazing impact on our business and have really brought a fresh perspective to what we do” Laura, Apprenticeships and Skills Manager, Channel 4 

“What the apprenticeship scheme has allowed us to do is to bring in new talent. Our workforce is the future and 98% of our apprentices go on to employment.” Annie, Career Development Coordinator, NHS.

How to get started:

Taking on an apprentice is easier than you think.  Visit (external site) for more information.