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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.


  • 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)

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Employer cost

Apprentices are paid 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 need to 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 need to have:

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

Benefits of Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships can benefit your business by:

  • developing a workforce with skills specific to your business
  • allowing existing employees to pass on their knowledge with your next generation of employees
  • providing you with a motivated and fast-developing workforce

Find out how apprenticeships can benefit your business.

Case studies

Find out how other businesses are using apprenticeships:

Caroline Ash, production director at Fashion Enter

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Saira, HAD& CO a female led architectural practice

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Tony Spence, Deputy Head of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Academy

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Offer an apprenticeship

Get started with offering an apprenticeship.

Hire an apprentice

Alternatively, call 08000 150 400

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