Hire an Apprentice


Overview

Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification - from GCSEs or equivalent up to degree level.Apprentices can be new or current employees.You could get a grant or funding to employ an apprentice if you’re in England.You must pay the apprentice at least the minimum wage during their placement with you.Your apprentice must:

  • work with experienced staff
  • learn job-specific skills
  • study for a work-based qualification during their working week, eg at a college or training organisation

Hiring your apprenticeThere are several steps to taking on an apprentice.

  1. Check the apprenticeships framework for an apprenticeship in your industry and at a suitable level.
  2. Register your interest in employing an apprentice with the National Apprenticeship Service.
  3. Find a training organisation that offers apprenticeships for your industry - they’ll handle your apprentice’s training, qualification and assessment.
  4. Check you’re eligible for a grant and apply.
  5. Advertise your apprenticeship - your training organisation will do this for you through the find an apprenticeship service.
  6. Select your apprentice and make an apprenticeship agreement with them.

Grant: You may get a £1,500 apprenticeship grant if:

  • you have less than 50 employees
  • your apprentice is aged 16 to 24

You can claim support for up to 5 apprentices.

Fill in the enquiry form or contact the National Apprenticeship Service to check you’re eligible and apply. 

National Apprenticeship Service 
Telephone: 0800 015 0600 


Apprenticeship framework funding rules

An apprenticeship framework:

  • covers all the statutory requirements for an apprenticeship programme in England
  • is used by colleges, employers and training providers to make sure that all apprenticeship programmes are delivered consistently and to national standards
  • includes the names of all qualifications and what each qualification is worth
  • gives guidance on how to get onto an apprenticeship programme, the time it will take and career paths available after an apprenticeship

Apprenticeship grant: employer fact sheet

Apprenticeship grant for employers of 16 to 24 year olds (AGE 16 to 24), eligibility information and how to apply.

The AGE 16 to 24 grant for employers aims to support businesses, who would not otherwise be in a position to do so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment though the apprenticeship programme.

The Skills Funding Agency will provide AGE 16 to 24 to eligible employers, in respect of qualifying apprentices, with an individual value of £1,500.

AGE 16 to 24 is for employers with fewer than 50 employees, who are new to apprenticeships or haven’t enrolled a new recruit or existing employee onto an Apprenticeship programme in the previous 12 months. Employers can be paid up to 5 grants in total.

To discuss your eligibility:

  • employers who are already linked to a training provider should consult their training provider for further advice
  • employers who are not already linked to a training provider can complete theonline enquiry form or call 08000 150 600 - an adviser will contact you to discuss the support available in more detail
  • you can also contact your local training provider direct - 

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-grant-employer-fact-sheet


Apprenticeship grant: employer declaration and agreement

Information about the grant for training organisations to help check employers' eligibility.

The apprenticeship grant for employers of 16 to 24 year olds (AGE 16 to 24) aims to support businesses, who would not otherwise be in a position to so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment though the apprenticeship programme.

The Skills Funding Agency will provide AGE 16 to 24 to eligible employers, that have qualifying apprentices, with an individual value of £1,500.

AGE 16 to 24 is for employers with fewer than 50 employees, who are new to apprenticeships or haven’t enrolled a new recruit or existing employee onto an apprenticeship programme in the previous 12 months. Employers can be paid up to 5 grants in total.