Apprentices - an overview

Hiring your apprentice

There are several steps to taking on an apprentice.

  1. Choose an apprenticeships framework or standard for an apprenticeship in your industry and at a suitable level.
  2. Find a training organisation that offers apprenticeships for your industry - they’ll handle your apprentice’s training, qualification and assessment.
  3. Check you are eligible for a grant and apply.
  4. Advertise your apprenticeship - your training organisation will do this for you through the find an apprenticeship service.
  5. Select your apprentice and make an apprenticeship agreement

To find out more about employing apprentice, use the National Apprenticeship Service’s enquiry form. Alternatively you can also call the National Apprenticeship Service on 08000 150 600.

You can use an apprenticeship training agency if you want to employ an apprentice without the responsibility for running the apprenticeship scheme.

How long it lasts

Apprenticeships can last from 1 to 5 years, depending on the level of qualification the apprentice is studying for.

Searching for an apprenticeship

Employers can use the find apprenticeship training service to search for suitable apprenticeships and identify approved training providers who can deliver that training.