Employ an Apprentice

The Apprenticeship Hub offers free and impartial advice for employers within Derby.


What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are work based training programmes designed to meet your business needs and combine work place learning with academic study. In 2016/2017, there was 261,100 workplaces employing apprentices in England. Apprenticeships are used to attract new talent, cut costs and tackle future skill shortages.

Apprenticeships are being designed by employer groups known as trailblazers; therefore training will be relevant for your specific industry which allows your apprentice to develop the skills they need to support the business.

You can use apprenticeships to train both new and existing employees who are moving into a new or changed job role.

Depending on the job role, an apprenticeship will take between one and four years to complete. Training is delivered flexibly; either on the-job or day release, in most cases it will be a combination of both.

How will an apprentice benefit my business?

  • Training is designed around your business needs providing the skilled workforce you need for now and the future.
  • Training is integrated directly into your employee’s job role ensuring an immediate return on your investment. Develop the specialist skills you need to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in your sector.
  • Allow your staff to grow organically and work with them to meet your high standards and expectations.
  • Recruitment can be costly but by hiring an apprentice you can share the burden, saving you time and money.
  • Meet your corporate social responsibilities and support education and skills development.

How do I employ an apprentice?

  1. Choose an apprenticeships framework or standard for an apprenticeship in your industry and at a suitable level. You can search standards and find training providers here.
  2. Find an organisation that offers training for the apprenticeship framework or standard you've chosen.
  3. Check what funding is available.
  4. Advertise your apprenticeship - your training organisation will do this for you through the find an apprenticeship service.
  5. Select your apprentice and make an apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement with them.

For more information, visit the government's employers guide to apprenticeships.

What are apprenticeship frameworks or standards?

As part of the government's drive to ensure apprenticeships are high-quality and to deliver the skills our economy needs, apprenticeship frameworks are being replaced by employer designed standards. The government expects to move from apprenticeship frameworks to standards over the course of the parliament. 

An Apprenticeship framework was a definition of requirements for an apprenticeship programme. It was used by training providers, colleges and employers to ensure that all apprenticeship programmers are delivered consistently and to the agreed level.

Apprenticeship standards show what an apprentice will be doing and the skills required of them, by job role. Standards are developed by employer groups known as 'trailblazers'. More standards will be published as they are developed and approved.

For more information, please visit the government's apprenticeship standards page and to find apprenticeship training.

What apprenticeship funding is available for employers?

You can get help from the government to pay for apprenticeship training. The amount of you get depends on whether you pay the apprenticeship levy or not. The levy has been effective since the 6th April 2017. You pay the levy if you're an employer with a payroll of over £3 million a year however this only applies to 1.3% of employers.

If you don't need to pay the levy, you pay 10% towards the cost of training and assessing your apprentice. You need to agree a payment schedule with the training organisation and pay them directly for the training. The government will pay the rest (90%) up to the funding band maximum. They'll pay it directly to the training organisation.

If you qualify to pay the levy, your business has to pay 0.5% of your payroll bill to the government every month. In addition you'll receive funds to spend on training and assessing your apprentices. The government will add 10% to the paying of training and assessing your apprentice.

For more information, visit the government's apprenticeship funding page or D2N2 Growth Hub's Apprenticeship Funding page.

What is an apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement?

You must sign an apprenticeship agreement with your apprentice.

This gives details of what you agree to do for the apprentice, including:

  • How long you'll employ them.
  • The training you'll deliver.
  • Their working conditions.
  • The qualifications they are working towards.

You can write your own apprentice agreement or download an apprenticeship agreement template.

Commitment Statement

In addition to the apprenticeship agreement, you must sign a commitment statement with your apprentice and training organisation.

It must include:

  • The planned content and schedule for training.
  • What is expected and offered by the employer, the training organisation and the apprentice.
  • How to resolve queries or complaints.


Contact details

Post address:
Apprenticeship Hub
Economic Regeneration Division
Derby City Council
Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 641631