Traineeships unlock the great potential of young people and prepare them for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’.

Traineeships provide the essential work preparation training, maths and English and work experience needed to get an Apprenticeship or other job.

Traineeships are delivered by training providers and funded by the government, with employers providing the valuable work experience placement and interview as part of the programme.

Employers can help unlock the potential of young people by offering great Traineeships opportunities.

The National Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships deliver for businesses and help them grow by:

  • Reducing training and recruitment costs
  • Increasing productivity and your bottom line
  • Developing a skilled, motivated and qualified workforce
  • Improving customer service results
  • Providing financial return on investment.

More than 100,000 employers, in over 160,000 workplaces, currently use Apprenticeships to attract new talent, re-skill existing staff and tackle skill shortages. Apprenticeships are available to businesses of all sizes and from all sectors in England. Employment is a fundamental part of an Apprenticeship. An apprentice must be employed in a job role with a productive purpose.

Improve your bottom line

Apprenticeships deliver real returns to your bottom line, helping to improve productivity and competitiveness. Training apprentices can also be more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs.

Fill your skills gaps

Apprenticeships deliver skills designed around your business needs providing the skilled workers you need for the future. They also help you develop the specialist skills you need to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in your sector.

Motivate your workforce

Apprentices tend to be eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invested in them. Remember, an apprentice is with you because they want to be – they have made an active choice to learn on the job and a commitment to a specific career.

Apprenticeship Levels

There are three levels of Apprenticeship available:

  1. Intermediate Level Apprenticeships
  2. Advanced Level Apprenticeships
  3. Higher Apprenticeships

Are you a small to medium employer or a large employer?

Advertise your vacancies online

Apprenticeship vacancies is the official job site for Apprenticeships in England and is managed by the National Apprenticeship Service. The system enables quality vacancies from employers like you to be viewed and applied for nationally by thousands of candidates that register onto our system, making it easy for you to attract and recruit apprentices.

You can now login to Apprenticeship vacancies to view and track your vacancies and applications. If you have not tracked your vacancies before, you will need to register

About Apprenticeships

What are Apprenticeships?

An Apprenticeship is a way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future. Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Apprenticeships help businesses grow their own talent

Nearly every employer that takes on an apprentice (96%) reports benefits to their business. 72% of businesses report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice. Other benefits reported by apprentice-employers include improved product or service, the introduction of new ideas to the organisation, improved staff morale and better staff retention, each mentioned by around two-thirds of employers.

Apprenticeships develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Businesses that offer Apprenticeships view them as beneficial to their long-term development. According to the British Chambers of Commerce, most employ an apprentice to improve the skills base within their business.

Apprentices are supported by quality training from local training organisations.

Apprenticeships improve productivity while reducing costs

Apprenticeships are boosting productivity by enabling businesses to grow their skills base. The average Apprenticeship increases business productivity by £214 per week, with these gains including increased profits, lower prices and better products. Apprentices are paid at least the relevant minimum wage and training costs are covered for many apprentices.

Businesses that employ up to 1000 employees, may even get a £1500 grant to help cover the cost of starting a new apprentice aged 16 to 24 years old.

18,900 young people have been able to start an Apprenticeship thanks to this grant.

Why choose Apprenticeships for your business?

Apprenticeships help businesses to grow

96% of employers that take on an apprentice report benefits to their business.

72% of businesses report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice.

Other benefits reported by around two-thirds of employers include improved products or services, new ideas being introduced to the organisation, better morale among staff and more staff staying with the organisation.

Apprenticeships develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce

Businesses that offer Apprenticeships think that they help with their long-term development. According to the British Chambers of Commerce, businesses usually employ an apprentice to improve the skills available within their organisation. Apprentices are supported by quality training from local training organisations.

Apprenticeships improve productivity while reducing costs

Apprenticeships are boosting productivity by helping businesses to expand the skills available in the organisation. The average person completing an Apprenticeship increases productivity by £214 a week. These gains include increased profits, lower prices and better products.

Apprenticeship Levy

The Government is committed to increase the quality and quantity of apprenticeships in England, and have pledged to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.

With this in mind, the Government wants employers to take responsibility in training their staff. As represented in the graph above, the amount of training away from the workplace has significantly decreased over the years.

From April 2017, employers will have to pay the Apprenticeship Levy. This is 0.5% of the total paybill which is calculated on total employee earnings; please note it will not include other payments such as benefits in kind.

The tax will be collected through Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and will be payable alongside income tax and National Insurance. Legislation to permit the imposition and collection of the apprenticeship levy will be introduced in the Finance Bill 2016.

Each employer will receive a £15,000 allowance to offset against the levy payment (this is outlined in the examples below). This means that the levy will only be payable if your payroll is in excess of 3 million pounds per year.

There will be a connected person’s rule, so employers who operate multiple payrolls will only be able to claim one allowance of £15,000.

Examples: Employer of 250 employees, each with a gross salary of £20,000: Paybill: 250 x £20,000 = £5,000,000 Levy sum: 0.5% x £5,000,000 = £25,000

Allowance: £25,000 – £15,000 = £10,000 annual levy payment

New information has been released on paying the levy and accessing and spending the levy. This includes information on:

  • when employers register their digital account (Jan 2017)
  • when funds will appear in digital accounts (late May 2016)

The guide also offers new information for non-levy companies. To read more, click here.

The future of Apprenticeships: created by businesses for businesses

  • 70% of surveyed employers said apprenticeships improved product quality and service
  • Apprenticeships provide a typical return of £26-£28 for every £1 of government investment in apprenticeships at Levels 2 and 3.

The Government has announced changes in the way that apprenticeships are developed and managed, this was outlined in the ‘English Apprenticeships: Our 2020 Vision’ document.

The aim is to:

  • Put employers in the driving seat
  • Increase the quality of apprenticeships
  • Simplify the system
  • Give employers purchasing power

What is different about apprenticeship standards?

The new trailblazer standards have been developed with the employer in mind. Previously, an employer would contact their selected choice of learning provider to deliver a pre-designed apprenticeship. The standards of assessment were not tailored to each specific job.

With the new trailblazer apprenticeship, employers now have the opportunity to design the standards set out for what an apprentice will do on completion of their apprenticeship. Apprentices will be assessed on the standards chosen by their employer, ensuring the apprentice can do the job they’ve been trained for before qualifying.

If you would like to find out the apprenticeship standards which are ready for delivery, approved or in development, please click here. These include:

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Asbestos Analyst
  • Duel fuel smart meter installer
  • HR advisor
  • Police Officer trailblazer

Is funding available for the new apprenticeships?

Yes, in the 2015 to 2016 years, for every £1 an employer contributes towards the cost of training and assessment, the Government will pay £2. However, the overall amount that the Government will contribute will depend on the funding cap allocated to the apprenticeship standard. (Please see chart below).

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Additional funding is available:

  • If you are a small business with less than 50 employees
  • If your apprentice is aged between 16 and 18 years
  • If your apprentice successfully completes their apprenticeship

What are the employer’s responsibilities?

To get the most out of an apprenticeship, an apprentice must have productive work experiences/opportunities. They will also need to be released to allow them to attend any external training sessions (for example day release at college).

All apprenticeships will last for a minimum of 12 months and your company will be expected to employ the apprentice for the entirety of their apprenticeship. In most cases, the minimum number of hours an apprentice should work is 30 hours per week.

More information

If you would like to find out more information about employing an apprentice, please visit our Apprenticeship page.

You can also find out more information by calling the Government’s team on 08000 150 600.