Employing an apprentice




Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying to gain skills and knowledge in a specific job.

Apprentices can be new or current employees.

You must pay the apprentice at least the minimum wage.

Your apprentice must:

  • work with experienced staff
  • learn job-specific skills
  • get time for training or study during their working week (at least 20% of their normal working hours)

Hiring your apprentice

There are several steps to taking on an apprentice.

  1. Choose an apprenticeship for your business or organisation.
  2. Find an organisation that offers training for the apprenticeship you’ve chosen.
  3. Check what funding is available for training and other costs to your organisation.
  4. Advertise your apprenticeship – find out how to create an advert using your apprenticeship service account or give your training provider permission to do this for you.
  5. Select your apprentice and make an apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement with them.

If you do not want to hire and train the apprentice yourself, you can use an apprenticeship training agency. The apprentice will be employed by the agency but will work in your organisation.

How long it lasts

Apprenticeships must last for at least a year. They can last up to 5 years depending on the level the apprentice is studying.

Get help

Fill in the enquiry form or contact the National Apprenticeship Service for more information.

National Apprenticeship Service
Telephone: 0800 015 0600
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
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You can get more information or use the webchat service on the apprenticeship service employer support site.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

If you’re an employer, you can contact the:


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