Apprenticeships combine practical, on-the-job training with traditional classroom learning and are open to anyone aged 16 and over.


Benefits of hiring apprentices

Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any business to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Employers who have an established apprenticeship programme reported that productivity in their workplace had improved by 76%, whilst 75% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service.

Other benefits that apprenticeships contribute towards include:

  • increased employee satisfaction;
  • reducing staff turnover; and
  • reduced recruitment costs.

How much to pay?

New starter apprentices should be paid the agreed hourly rate of pay for your normal working hours. More information about the National Minimum Wage is available on

How many hours are apprentices employed?

Apprenticeships should be undertaken by employees who work a minimum of 30 hours per week.

This should be split up into 80% 'on the job' training and 20% 'off the job' training.

If your apprentice is under the age of 18, their working hours should be in line with your working time arrangement policy.

Who pays for the apprenticeship training?

Levy paying employers:

If you are a large employer and pay towards the government apprenticeship levy, this will fund the training.

  • Each month the levy is paid into the council's Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) account.
  • The levy can ONLY be used to pay an approved apprenticeship training provider, who is registered with the Education and Skills Funding Agency, for the delivery of the apprenticeship.
  • The levy CANNOT pay the salary of an apprentice, pay for additional training, or contribute towards travel expenses.
  • Each apprenticeship MUST last a minimum of 12 months and the training costs between £1,500 - £27,000, depending upon the apprenticeship level requested.

Non-levy paying employers:

Employers with a pay bill of less than £3 million a year do not need to pay the apprenticeship levy.

At least 90% of non-levy-paying employers’ apprenticeship training and assessment costs in England will be paid for by the government. The government will ask these employers to make up to a 10% cash contribution to the cost, paid directly to the provider, and the government covers the rest (up to the maximum agreed funding band).