What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is first and foremost a job with substantial training and the development of transferable skills.  It is a way for people of all ages to earn while they learn, gaining real skills and knowledge and a real future. 

Hiring apprentices is a productive and effective way for businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. 

Apprenticeships are available to businesses of all sizes and sectors in England, and can last anything from 12 months to 5 years. 

Apprenticeships are available in 1,500  occupations, across 170 industries, so we make sure that every apprenticeship is relevant and appropriate both for the apprentice and the business.

There are various levels of apprenticeship available:

  • Intermediate apprenticeship
  • Advanced apprenticeship
  • Higher apprenticeship

e-Track - Learner e-portfolio system

Improving learner engagement has been recognised as a key element in improving recruitment, retention and achievement of students. By offering remote learner access to their portfolio, e-Track enables our assessors to engage with learners.

Employers are also encouraged to access the e-Track portfolio of their learners.

Evidence submitted may be mapped to the qualification standards by the learner and then reviewed and amended by the Assessor before accepting.

Benefits to the apprentice

  • Zero cost
  • 1 in 3 who finish an apprenticeship receive a promotion on-the-job training
  • 2 in 3 agree that the course had improved their overall quality of life.
  • 9 in 10 are more confident about their own abilities as a result of undertaking an apprenticeship.


Benefits to you, the employer

Apprenticeships can offer one of the best ways to fill a skills gap in any business. They are ideal for offering development and progression opportunities to existing colleagues. With apprenticeships available in a variety of sectors, and at different levels, there is a lot to consider and choose from.Staff retention

  • Apprenticeships provide employees with the skills they need to perform effectively in their day-to-day job
  • Apprenticeships develop committed and motivated employees who are more likely to stay with the company and become managers of the future
  • Hiring an apprentice is a cost-effective recruitment solution that allows you to tailor the training to meet the needs of your business.motivation
  • The apprenticeship delivery is carried out in the workplace – meaning minimum disruption to your business
  • 90% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeship
  • 71% of apprentices stay with the same employer
  • 82% said apprenticeships had improved their ability to do their job and 79% said that their career prospects had improved.skilled app future
  • Businesses report an average increase in productivity by £214 a week when they hire apprentices
  • From April 2016, employers will no longer be required to pay National Insurance contributions for apprentices under the age of 25 on earnings up to the upper earnings limit
  • Almost 9 in 10 of every employer that takes on an apprentice reports benefits to their business.

Employer Guide to Apprenticeships and Traineeships