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Apprenticeships have moved on from what they used to be and are an exciting option for both apprentice and employer. You can now employ apprentices at all different levels, from school leavers to people that want to further their careers or change career direction completely. An apprentice can be aged 16 or 100 plus!

As an employer, you can get additional help with funding an apprentice from the government.


Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any organisation to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Employers who have an established apprenticeship programme reported that productivity in their workplace had improved by 76% whilst 75% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service.

Other benefits that apprenticeships contribute to your organisation include:

  • thousands of organisations are employing apprentices now
  • 90% of apprentices stay on in their place of work after completing an apprenticeship
  • there’s a wide selection of apprenticeships available, covering lots of different job roles within a organisation
  • you can adapt the training your apprentice receives according to the needs of your organisation
  • an apprenticeship allows you to diversify and freshen up your workforce
  • you can employ an apprentice who’s 16 up to any age and from any background

Employer Questions Asked

You can get help from the government to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment. The amount you get depends on whether you pay the apprenticeship levy or not. You will pay the apprenticeship levy if you're an employer with a pay bill over £3 million each year.
As an employer who doesn’t pay the apprenticeship levy, you will need to pay the training provider directly for training your apprentices. You pay 10% towards the cost of training and assessing your apprentice. The government will pay the rest (90%) up to the funding band maximum. They’ll pay the funds directly to the training provider.
Yes... EXTRA SUPPORT FOR SMALL EMPLOYERS Employers with fewer than 50 people working for them will not have to pay the 10% contribution for an apprentice who is aged between: 16-18 years old 19-24 years old and who has previously been in care or who has an Education, Health and Care plan provided by their local authority The government will pay 100% of the training costs for these individuals, up to the funding band maximum. TRAINING YOUNGER APPRENTICES All employers will receive £1,000 if, at the start of the apprenticeship, the apprentice is aged between: 16-18 years old 19-24 years old and who has previously been in care or who has an Education, Health and Care plan provided by their local authority This payment will be made to the employer in two equal instalments via the training provider.
Employers who already have an apprenticeship service account and haven't spent all their apprenticeship funds, can transfer unused funds to another employer. Transferred funds can be used to pay for new apprenticeship training and assessment for apprenticeship standards. Transferred funds can't be used for apprenticeship frameworks.
If you have unused apprenticeship funds, you can transfer them to another employer. See here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/transferring-apprenticeship-service-funds You will have to use the apprenticeship service if you want to do this: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/manage-apprenticeship-funds How to register and use the apprenticeship service as an employer. Employers who pay the apprenticeship levy and have unused apprenticeship funds can find employers who want to receive a transfer in a number of ways, for example: work with employers in your supply chain get in touch with employers in your industry get in touch with an Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) work with regional partners