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A Guide for Employers



As businesses face the challenge of an increasingly competitive marketplace, ensuring your employees are effectively skilled and qualified is more important than ever.


Developing apprentices to meet the current and long term needs of your business is the ideal way to maximise your business return.


Over 100,000 employers offer apprentice places because they understand the benefits that apprentices bring to their business - increased productivity, improved competitiveness and a committed and competent work-force.


What is an Apprenticeship?


Apprenticeships are work-based programmes that enable adults and young people to gain nationally recognised qualifications through a mixture of on and off-the-job training. Apprenticeships ensure that your workforce has the practical skills and qualifications your organisation needs now and in the future.


Businesses can use Apprenticeships to train both new and existing employees.


Benefits to Employers


There are many benefits to your company in choosing an Apprenticeship.


  • Your employee will be equipped with skills and knowledge that is directly relevant to your organisation, helping to improve your productivity


  • You can keep a competitive advantage by ensuring your employees have the right training and expertise to effectively carry out their duties


  • Trained employees feel more valued and motivated, and more likely to improve your workforce retention.


  • Apprentices can bring new ideas and innovation to your business.


  • Apprentice training is flexible, primarily delivered in the workplace, and offers minimal disruption to your business.


  • You will reduce training and recruitment costs


  • Fills your skill gaps


  • Apprenticeship programmes offer nationally recognised qualifications


More than 100,000  employers 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.