Understanding Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a popular and cost-effective training solution to help businesses develop skills that they need. Whether you are starting to explore apprenticeships as a staff development option for your business, or are considering taking on additional apprentices, here you will find everything that you need to know. We can also support you on a one-to-one basis to help you get to grips with all the options, opportunities and processes. From explaining the apprenticeship levy to finding an training provider and apprentice standard, we're by your side. 

What is an apprenticeship?

  • An apprenticeship is a genuine paid job with an accompanying assessment and skills development programme where most of the training is undertaken on the job.
  • They're not just for school leavers and young people; there is no upper age limit.  To be eligible individuals need to be aged over 16, living in England and not in full-time education.
  • They can be used to either attract and train new talent, or to upskill or reskill existing staff (or a combination of both).
  • They are available at different levels and can be undertaken in all industry sectors.
  • An apprenticeship must normally last a minimum of 12 months although many last much longer - it varies depending on the sector and apprenticeship level.


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Info Sources

Links to guidance and additional info... MORE