Apprenticeships help bring valuable skills into your organisation with the government's support.

They’re suitable for people at any level so you can hire someone new or upskill an existing employee.

For example, a level 2 apprenticeship is equivalent to GCSE level, while a level 6 or 7 degree apprenticeship is equivalent to a bachelor's or master's degree.

An apprentice must:

  • be 16 or over
  • not already be in full-time education
  • live in England

Hiring outside your organisation

If you hire an apprentice from outside your organisation, you need to think about what you're looking for.

Having a person specification and job description is a good place to start.

A person specification should include:

  • essential and desirable knowledge
  • previous experience
  • any specific skills you’re looking for

A job description should include:

  • a job title
  • the name, level and duration of the apprenticeship
  • the main duties and purpose of the role
  • information about your organisation and job location
  • the salary you'll pay the apprentice

You should also consider the long term impact such as the apprentice’s future career prospects and salary.

Advertising your apprenticeship

Recruit an apprentice (Opens in a new window) is the official government service for posting and managing apprenticeship job opportunities in England. You can manage the service or a training provider can manage it on your behalf.

To create your advert, simply complete the template. Be as clear as possible so candidates can quickly understand whether your apprenticeship is right for them.

Your apprenticeship will be advertised on Find an apprenticeship.

There are other ways to find an apprentice, for example you could:

  • hold open days at your organisation
  • arrange visits to schools, colleges and universities
  • use social media to reach more applicants
  • participate in events, such as WorldSkills UK Live

Choosing the right apprentice

You can work with your training provider to assess candidate applications or ask them to create a shortlist for you.

Interview questions

Take time to think about what you want to know and how to find out if the candidate is right for your organisation.

Ask questions like:

  • can you tell me an interesting fact about yourself?
  • what would you consider your biggest achievement to be?
  • what's your timekeeping like?
  • do you work well in a team?
  • what are your strengths?
  • what are your weaknesses?
  • why do you think we should hire you?
  • why would you like to work for us?
  • do you have any questions you'd like to ask us?

Embrace change and employ an apprentice

Search for the ideal apprenticeship training that fits with your business needs and start the journey of taking on an apprentice.