Apprenticeships for Employers

What is an


  • The apprentice must be employed in a real job and paid through PAYE.
  • They do not have to be new to the organisation; they may be an existing employee who is receiving appropriate training, or in a new job role.
  • The apprentice must work towards achieving an approved apprenticeship standard or apprenticeship framework.
  • The apprenticeship training must last at least 12 months.
  • The apprentice must spend at least 6 hours week on off-the-job training.

Apprenticeships are good for business

Apprenticeships are a ‘win-win’ situation for employers and apprentices. Apprentices get a real job, receive training towards nationally-recognised qualifications, gain the benefits of work-based experience and qualifications all while earning a wage. Meanwhile, employers get financial assistance towards off-the-job training costs and gain skilled staff who can make a real contribution to their business growth.

of apprentice employers believe they lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce
of consumers favour companies that employ apprentices
of apprentice employers take on apprentices to build the skills capacity within their businesses.
say that apprenticeships will play a bigger part in their future recruitment policy.
of apprentice employers say the programme has helped cut recruitment costs.

What are the Employer Responsibilities?

In order to take advantage of apprenticeship funding there are a number of requirements that must be undertaken:

  • Employ and pay your apprentice for at least 30 hours per week including time spent training or studying for relevant qualifications.
  • Confirm that the apprentice’s job is genuine with an accompanying skills development programme that will allow the apprentice to gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills they need for their immediate job and future career.
  • Confirm at the start of the apprenticeship that there is available time you will allow for the apprentice to be able to complete their apprenticeship within their working hours. There will be 6 hours throughout the week in order to do so, excluding English and maths.
  • Allow for at least 6 hours a week of the apprentice’s time to be spent on off-the-job training and allow reasonable access to Wise Origin College staff for the purpose of providing assessment and/or underpinning knowledge.
  • After successful completion of the apprenticeship, if the apprentice wishes to remain with the employer and a vacancy arises, the employer should offer this opportunity to the apprentice.
  • Provide appropriate supervision to support, encourage and monitor the apprentice in the workplace including provision of a nominated mentor and deputy to ensure continuity of supervision.
  • Ensure that recruitment practice is not detrimental either to the apprentice or the apprenticeship brand.
  • Ensure that all current funding rules are not breached to avoid recovery of all or part government funding and provide evidence to meet these rules.
  • Complete the apprenticeship training services agreement and agree to the terms and conditions.