Employ an apprentice

The Derby 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.

Find out more, click here for the National Apprenticeship Service's employer guide or check the government's Hire an apprentice website.

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.

For more benefits, have a look at the National Apprenticeship Service's 'Achieving the benefits of apprenticeships' guide for employers.

What is the hiring process?

Your organisation wants to hire an apprentice but you don't know where to start. Follow these steps in order and you'll be on your way to hiring an apprentice.

  1. Research what framework or standard fits the role that you want to fill. 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. Your training provider can provide further guidance on this for you.
  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, see this employer guide to apprenticeships employer guide to apprentice recruitment

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, Derby College's Levy Apprenticeship or D2N2 Apprenticeship Levy 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 Growth Service
Derby City Council
Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 641631

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