Apprenticeships for Business

An Apprenticeship is a real job – employing an apprentice can bring many benefits to your business.

Your existing staff can also become apprentices. 



Apprenticeships are very much like normal, full-time jobs but with tailored training and qualifications included within them. Apprenticeships give your employees the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for the job role.


  • 1 to 5 years to complete
  • earn a salary
  • Level 2 – 7

Apprentices need to be:

  • 16 or over by the end of the summer holidays
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education

Your apprentices will get:

  • work experience, alongside experienced staff
  • job-specific skills, knowledge and behaviours
  • a wage and get holiday pay
  • time for study related to your role (usually one day a week)

Apprenticeships are real jobs.

Apprenticeships are a work-based programme with a skills development plan and assessments. It combines hands-on work with recognised training. Employers can hire a new employee as an Apprentice or grow talent with current employees.

Apprentices normally work a minimum of 30 hours a week, a minimum of 6 hours of the apprentice’s time will be spent completing off-the-job training (usually one day a week) at a College, University, Training Provider or on-site. They have the same rights as all employees, so they get paid and get sick pay and annual leave.

Apprentices will work towards qualifications from levels 2 -7 (education equivalent – GCSE to master’s degree).

Apprenticeships must last one year but can be up to 5 years for some qualifications.

The national minimum wage for apprentices can be found here -

Apprentices are paid at least minimum wage. You can pay more than this. 

Pay is dependent on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship.

For more information on minimum wage, please see

Many businesses employ apprentices, small employers with less than ten employees, and large multinational and global companies based in England.

Apprenticeships are available in many industries, from A to Z, from Accountancy through to Zoology.


Please contact us, and we can help you with the process of hiring an apprentice

See  'Steps to Hiring an Apprentice ' for more information

For more information, contact us.

Steps to Hiring an Apprentice

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Contact usand we can take you through the following steps:

1 - Explore and find out

Explore the challenges that you face with recruitment and skills gaps within your organisation. Find out if the apprenticeship route is the right one for your business or if there is another skills solution needed

2 - Discuss suitable apprenticeships

Discuss the range and levels of Apprenticeships that are available and which may be most suitable.

3 - Find out about Training Provision

We will inform you about the training provision available in your local area.

We are impartial so that we will find the most suitable provider based on your needs and preference.  

4 - Funding

We can explain to you how apprenticeship funding works. We will let you know about any Government funding opportunities available.

5 - Introductions

We can introduce you to several local colleges and training providers who will then be able to talk to you in more detail about their delivery models and costs. These will vary between training providers.

6 - Advertise your vacancy

The Training Provider or College will then help you to advertise your vacancy through the Find an apprenticeship website.

We can also promote your vacancy on our website and social media


7 - Training plan and initial assessments

If the apprenticeship is for an existing staff member, the training organisation will talk the employer and individual through the training plan and any initial assessments required.

8 - Apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement

Once you have selected your apprentice, make an apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement [] with them.  Your Training Organisation can help with this.

9 - Ongoing support

Throughout your Apprenticeship and skills journey, your chosen training provider will be on hand to offer support and advice.  At any time, you can always get back in contact with us for free impartial advice and guidance. 

Apprenticeship and Educational Equivalents

Equivalent Educational Level
Degree Apprenticeship
6 & 7
Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree
Higher Apprenticeship
4, 5, 6 & 7
Foundation Degree and above
Advanced Apprenticeship
A Level
Intermediate Apprenticeship

FAQ & Myth Busting

Are Apprenticeships only for young people ?

Apprenticeships are available to people of all ages; anyone over 16 living in England can apply. There are different entry requirements depending on the industry, job role and apprenticeship level.

Can my existing staff do an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a great way to upskill your current staff and make the workplace more productive. It also provides benefits such as staff loyalty and retention, rejuvenating the company, skilled workers for the future, improving your business image and the business benefits of having a skilled, current workforce.

Apprenticeships are only entry level - they are for people who didn't do well at school

Apprenticeships are an alternative route into skilled employment. They are a great way to earn while you learn, gain vital work experience and start a successful career without taking out a student loan.

Do Apprentices just make the tea and coffee?

Employers hire apprentices so that they can get the future talent that their business depends on. So from day one, you are given real work experience alongside industry professionals, where your opinions and contributions are valued.

Are there any Apprenticeship vacancies in the South West?

The Department of Education reported 54,000 apprenticeships were started in the South West during 2016/17.

In 2018, there were over 500 West Somerset apprenticeship vacancies posted.

Apprenticeship Vacancies

Will an apprenticeship lead to a full time job?

In fact, more than 90% of apprentices stay in employment after their course ends, with 67% remaining with the same employer.

Would I need to leave my current role to study an Apprenticeship?

Not necessarily! Our Skill Up Apprenticeships and Skills Adviser can speak to your employer if they don’t already offer an apprenticeship program.

You won’t need to change your contract and will take part in off-the-job training. Get in touch today for free impartial advice and guidance – Contact us

Benefits apprentices can bring to your business

Hiring an apprentice can bring many benefits to your business.

An apprentice can help boost morale, as employees can be motivated and committed for the long term by helping them develop their skills over several years. Another benefit is that you can tailor the training to develop skills and knowledge directly relevant to their jobs and your business.

Your apprentice will know that they will be working towards a qualification that is valuable to them individually and to you as a business.

  • Raise Staff Morale

  • Improve Your Productivity

  • Upskill existing employees

  • Match the skills of employees to the skills you need

    You can shape your apprenticeships to meet the required skill set.

  • Improve your Company image

    Supporting an Apprenticeship can boost your company image by raising the profile of your business.

  • Reduce Staff Turnover

    Employees tend to be more loyal to employers who invest in their training

  • Attract the best candidates

  • Increase Diversity

Costs for employers

Costs for employers

Non Levy Payer

(pay bill of less than £3 million a year)

If you have pay bill of less than 3 million you are a Non Levy Payer.

The Government pay a minimum of 95% towards apprenticeship training and assessment costs are paid for by the government. 

You will be asked to pay up to 5% of these costs.

 You will pay your cash contribution directly to the provider.

For more information about the costs of supporting an Apprenticeship please contact us

Apprenticeship Levy Payer

(pay bill over £3 million a year)

If you're an employer with a pay bill over 3 million you will need to pay the Apprenticeship Levy

The Apprenticeship Levy allows employers to have control of their training. 

You will fix a price for each apprenticeship.

You report and pay your levy to HMRC through the PAYE process.

 An extra 10% is paid directly to employers’ apprenticeship accounts.

For more information about the costs of supporting an Apprenticeship please contact us

Find out more about Apprenticeship Levy Transfers

Could your small business benefit from an Apprenticeship Levy Transfer?

Are you looking to transfer your unspent apprenticeship levy? 

Apprenticeship Levy information