What is an apprenticeship?

  1. An apprenticeship is a way for young people and adults to earn whilst they learn in a real job, gaining a relevant and useful qualification ‘The Apprenticeship’. Apprenticeships are available at intermediate, advanced, higher and degree level. Hiring apprentices will help your business to grow talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.
  2. The Apprenticeship is structured to build the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for your workforce. It involves 20% off the job training, skills building in the workplace and an End Point Assessment of competency upon completion of the training programme. Some apprenticeships also include a diploma qualification.

    Apprenticeships are available to businesses of all sizes and sectors in England, and can last from between 12 months to 4 years. They are linked to job roles or occupations, over 1,500 of them across 170 industries, the range of apprenticeships available mean that each one is relevant and appropriate both for you the business and the apprentice.

The Apprentice

Most of the training within an apprenticeship is on-the-job, working with a mentor to learn job specific skills in the workplace. Off-the-job training will depend on the occupational area and your requirements and needs. This training may be delivered in the workplace or through ‘day or block release’ at premises away from the working environment.

Typically the apprentice will spend four days at work and one day at college, they must be in paid employment for at least 30 hours a week which includes both the on and off the job training.

Greater Skills Capacity

82% of employers take on apprentices to build the skills capacity within their business

Lower recruitment costs

75% of apprentice employers agree that Apprenticeships have helped cut recruitment costs

Increased Workforce Motivation

88% of apprentice employers agree that Apprenticeships lead to a more motived and satisfied workforce leading to greater loyalty and quality

Employing Apprentices Makes Great Business Sense

In the UK, over 200,000 workplaces employ 870,000 apprentices, 83% of employers with apprentices would recommend them to other employers. Apprentices are suitable for employers of all sizes, in 2015 56% of apprentices were employed in small or medium enterprises consisting of less than 25 employees.

Trained your way, providing the right skills for your company and its future, employing apprentices provides a number of benefits:
Improved Product or Service Quality

70% of apprentice employers believe that their apprentices have led to an improved product or quality of service offered to their customers.

Increased Productivity

65% of employers say that apprentices make their businesses more productive.

Lower Recruitment Costs

75% of apprentice employers have found that apprenticeships have helped lower recruitment costs.

Improved ability to attract good staff

55% of apprentice employers believe that better quality staff are attracted to their business as a result of employing apprentices.

Increased Employee Satisfaction

88% of apprentice employers believe they lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce leading to greater loyalty and quality of work.

Reduced Staff Turnover

80% of apprentice employers feel that apprentices reduce staff turnover.

Sources: 2011 British Chambers of Commerce, Populous research commissioned by the National Apprenticeship Service and Productivity Matters, Centre for Economic and Business Research, 2013

Why Choose the Apprenticeship Bureau?

The Apprenticeship Bureau is part of Harlow College, we have a long history of providing good quality services. We provide:
A pipeline of talented people to fill your vacancies
A recruitment and matching service to make handling your vacancies easier and more cost effective
Well qualified and professional trainers to support your apprentices and wider business needs
We are recognised for our high quality training and education by professional and awarding organisations as well as Ofsted. We regularly secure repeat business from our employer base.

Hiring Your Apprentice

We will:
  • advise you on the Apprenticeship that would suit your role and give you all the information you need
  • take details of your vacancy by phone, email or face-to-face meeting if you'd prefer
  • advertise your vacancy on national websites and our Harlow College website
  • shortlist candidates and send you the applications
  • arrange the interviews
  • enrol your apprentice
All you need to do is:
  • give us details of your job role
  • decide who you want to interview
  • choose a successful candidate
Our assessors will visit to complete all the necessary paperwork with you

Costs and Fees

The costs of hiring an apprentice
















What are my responsibilities as an employer?

An apprentice is an employee of your company. As the employer you must give your apprentice an induction into their role and provide on-the-job training. You must meet these requirements:

Issue a contract of employment and pay at least the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage, although many businesses pay more to attract the best talent

Provide apprentices with the same benefits as other employees for example holiday and sickness benefit

Minimum hours of employment should be at least 30 hours a week

You must provide 20% off the job training for your apprentice

All apprentices must have an Apprenticeship Agreement in place

Training Costs

Funding is available towards the training costs of an Apprentice. The size of the contribution varies depending on the size of your organisation, the age of your apprentice and the occupational area in which you require training.

You may be eligible for the full cost of training to be paid by the government, you may have to pay 10% of the training cost or you may have access to your apprenticeship levy if you are a large employer.

You may be entitled to incentives for employing a young person.

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Apprenticeships We Offer

Apprenticeship Reforms

What are the Apprenticeship Reforms?

Apprenticeships are changing with the following key aims:

  • To give employers greater control over the design of apprenticeships so they meet the needs of the industry
  • To increase the quality of apprenticeships including end point assessment and grading
  • To make apprenticeships more simple to understand

Key aspects of the Reforms

  • The transition from frameworks to apprenticeship standards
  • The introduction of the apprenticeship levy from May 2017 – this tax will fund apprenticeship delivery and assessment
  • The development of the Apprenticeship Service –a web-based platform that businesses will use to access information about apprenticeship providers and draw down on their levy
  • Develop apprenticeship quality assurance for the delivery of training and end point assessments

The Apprenticeship Levy

  • From May 2017 this applies to all public and private sector employers in the UK with a pay bill in excess of £3,000,000
  • Will be 0.5% of PAYE wage bill
  • There is a £15,000 allowance to offset against levy payment
  • Levy payers receive a 10% top up on their payment from the government
  • Employers with a wage bill less than £3,000,000 (non-levy payer) will continue to receive funding for Apprentices

Why Choose Us?

Read our Employer Guide to Apprenticeships


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