How to hire an apprentice

With the apprenticeship levy now in force, large businesses are collecting levy funds to spend on apprenticeship training.

How to hire an apprentice

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There's never been a better time to hire an apprentice. 

With the apprenticeship levy now in force, large businesses are starting to pay into their NAS account every month, and collect funds to spend on apprenticeship training.

Many employers have never hired an apprentice before, so we've decided to take it back to the very beginning and answer a frequently asked question: 'How do I hire an apprentice?'

Here are our top 5 ways to find a great apprentice:

1. Recruitment fairs

Want access to all the best young recruits in your area? Head to a recruitment fair. It's a great way to speak to prospective apprentices, and it's a much more personal approach than sifting through CVs. There are loads of different job fairs across the country – from graduate events to sector-specific fairs – so they're an efficient way to find a great apprentice.

2. NAS

The NAS (National Apprenticeship Service) is an online portal for levy-paying employers to manage their levy account. You can also search for apprenticeship training by job role and level, and find a training provider in your area who can help you deliver apprenticeship training. The training providers are rated by employer satisfaction, learner satisfaction and achievement rates, so it's an easy way to assess your options at a glance.

3. Recruit in-house

The perfect apprentice might be closer than you think! You can offer apprenticeships of all levels to train your staff and develop the specific skills you need in your business. The new higher and degree-level apprenticeships are perfect for filling high-level skills gaps and developing the future leaders of your business. Speak to your team to find out if anyone is interested in completing an apprenticeship.

4. Advertise the role

Apprentices count as full-time employees as soon as they start, so you can advertise the vacancy like any other job. You can promote the position on job sites, on your website and social media, and in sector publications - but this can be expensive and time-consuming.

5. Build partnerships

Many training providers have years of experience in apprenticeship delivery and can help you find the right apprentice for your business. Speak to the colleges and training providers in your local area to find out what type of apprenticeships they deliver and what they can do to support you. The new apprenticeship standards involve lots of collaboration between the employer and training provider, so it's a good idea to build a partnership before you get started.


Now you know how to hire an apprentice, you need to know what to expect when you do hire one. In this free guide you'll find out everything you need to know about hiring an apprentice – including the responsibilities, benefits, funding and support available.

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