Taking on an apprentice allows you to grow your capacity by investing in people who want to learn. Your business benefits from the skills they develop as they train both on and off the job.
Find out about the practical steps involved in taking on an apprentice below.
Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.
As an apprentice you’ll:
- work alongside experienced staff
- gain job-specific skills
- earn a wage and get holiday pay
- study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)
Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.
Levels of apprenticeship
An apprenticeship has an equivalent education level and can be:
- Intermediate - equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
- Advanced - equivalent to 2 A level passes
- Higher - can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree
Who can apply
You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:
- 16 or over
- living in England
- not in full-time education
How to apply
There are 3 steps to applying for an apprenticeship.
Search for an apprenticeship.
Sign in or create an account.
Complete and submit your application.
The National Careers Service has advice on writing applications and what to do at interviews.
If you’re unsuccessful
You can ask for feedback if you don’t get selected for an interview or for the apprenticeship.
You can complain if you think you weren’t successful because you were discriminated against, or your treatment in the interview or application process was unfair.
If you need more experience
If you feel you’re not ready for an apprenticeship, a traineeship is a course designed to prepare you for one.
Apprenticeships in Scotland and Wales
Different organisations deal with apprenticeships in Scotland and apprenticeships in Wales.