Skip to main content

This is a new service – your feedback will help us to improve it.



Applies to England

Apprenticeships are for those aged 16 or over and combine working with studying to gain skills and knowledge in a job role.

Apprentices can be new or current employees.

Your apprentice must:

  • work with experienced staff
  • learn skills relevant to your organisation
  • get time for training or study during their working week (at least 20% of their normal working hours)

Employer cost

You must pay apprentices the minimum wage.

You may have to contribute 5% of the apprentice's training and assessment costs - depending on the size of your business and the age of your apprentice.

Employer responsibilities

Employers must provide:

  • a safe work environment
  • an induction which includes explaining relevant policies and procedures
  • opportunities for the student to develop their technical skills within your industry
  • 20% 'Off-the-job' training delivered by a training provider during your apprentice's normal working hours
  • 'On-the-job' training and additional support to ensure your apprentice's success

Employers must also have:

  • a signed apprenticeship agreement and apprenticeship commitment statement from the learner and training provider

Benefits of Apprenticeships

Incentive payments are available for each apprentice a business takes on as a new employee.

Find out how apprenticeships can benefit your business.

Case studies

Read about how businesses are using incentive payments to hire apprentices.

Offer an apprenticeship

Get started with offering an apprenticeship.

Hire an apprentice

Alternatively, call 08000 150 400