Date published: 9th February 2021

We are supporting National Apprenticeship Week! 

There are countless benefits for both the employer and the apprentice; in fact, 86% of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation, while 78% said apprenticeships improved productivity.*

Other benefits that apprenticeships contribute towards include:

  • Increasing employee satisfaction and promoting a positive culture
  • Reducing staff turnover
  • Reducing recruitment costs

Can I employ an apprentice?

Anyone can have an apprentice so long as you have a genuine job and the job is suitable for the level of apprenticeship you are seeking, you will need to be able to employ your apprentice for a minimum of 30 hours per week (including any off the job training which should account for 20%) and if you are non-levy paying organisation you will need to be prepared to pay a 5% contribution fee to the training provider. Apprenticeship costs will vary dramatically depending on the level of qualification being obtained.

Can I use the Apprenticeship Levy to upskill or retrain my staff?

Yes! Apprenticeships can be used to upskill or retrain existing employees as long as the apprenticeship is providing the employee with new skills and knowledge that will enable them to achieve competence in their chosen occupation.

Where do I start?

You will find all the information you need about recruiting, supporting and utilising apprenticeships in your organisation from the GOV.UK website.

You will find a list of Apprenticeships available on the Institute for apprenticeships standards

What do I need to consider?

Before taking on an apprentice you need to consider whether the job vacancy you have has the scope to cover the learning and skills development required in the apprenticeship standard and that you have the time to commit to the development of the individual(s).

How can I maximise the benefits of an apprenticeship?

By putting apprenticeships at the heart of your business. Apprenticeship standards are available across a range of business areas and sectors, by choosing a wide range of standards at varying levels across your organisation you can tailor your apprenticeship offer to maximise the benefits most important to your business. For example, according to survey by the department of education 17% of employers said they used degree apprenticeships as part of their staff retention strategy.

You can commit to widening participation and diversity. Research shows that more diverse organisations outperform those that are less diverse. The Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network (ADCN) is a network of employers who are working to widen participation in apprenticeships by championing diversity and encouraging greater social mobility. To find out more about the work of ADNC visit GOV.UK

The facts:

  • 86% of employers said that apprentices helped to develop relevant skills for the organisation and to fill skills gaps
  • 73% of employers say that staff morale is improved by having apprentices
  • 67% of employers say that employing apprentices improved their image in the sector
  • 74% of employers say that apprentices improved products or service quality, and 78% say that they improved productivity. Apprentices become highly skilled even before they finish their training.

(*Source: Apprenticeship Evaluation 2017: Employers)

You can also learn more by checking out the event list hosted on the Amazing Apprenticeships website to see the huge array of events being arranged by external organisations.


Last updated: 9th February 2021