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The education landscape can be confusing, so we've brought together employer tools, resources and advice about employing Apprenticeships, and the Apprenticeship Frameworks and Standards that an apprentice will need to meet.

What are apprenticehips?

An apprenticeship is a paid job which offers work experience alongside training with an education provider.

Apprentices will gain quality hands-on workplace experience at the same time as they work towards a nationally recognized qualification.  Unlike a fully academic route they will earn a salary as they learn.

Mixing on-the-job and off-the-job learning ensures apprentices get the skills and knowledge they need in employment.

Apprentices will also develop skills in your sector and specific to your business, making them an excellent pipeline to expanding your long term workforce.

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The benefits of apprenticeships for your business

Apprenticeships will require investment in staffing and training, so why should you consider employing apprentices as part of your workforce planning?

  • Developing a workforce with the skills that are specific to your business
  • Helping existing employees to pass their knowledge on to the next generation of employees
  • Bringing new thinking and new skills into your business
  • Encouraging a motivated workforce that helps you stay competitive
  • Boosting productivity by freeing up more experienced staff for expert level tasks
  • Enhancing your company reputation in the local area
  • Developing diversity of age, ethnicity and gender in your workforce
  • Increasing loyalty and retention of staff in your business by showing investment in their skills and potential
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The Apprenticeship Ambassador Network

The Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (AAN) is a group of employers and former/current apprentices in England who champion and support marketing, publicity and events to raise awareness of apprenticeships and mentor other employers. You can sign up to receive the AAN employer skills newsletter here.

Apprenticeship provision across the four nations.

Apprenticeships Frameworks used in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are primarily qualification-focused, whereas Apprenticeship Standards in England are more skills, knowledge and behaviour focused.

England Scotland WalesNorthern Ireland
Who approves Apprenticeships?Institute for ApprenticeshipsApprenticeship Approvals GroupGovernment WalesDepartment for the Economy
Who is the qualifications regulator?Ofqual SQA Accreditations Qualifications WalesCCEA
What is Enginuity's role? 

Develop and maintain the National Occupational Standards. 

  • Develop and maintain the National Occupational Standards.
  • Develop and maintain the Apprenticeship Framework.
  • Certifies Apprenticeships.
  • Develop and maintain the National Occupational Standards. 
  • Develop and maintain the Apprenticeship Framework. 
  • Certifies Apprenticeships.
Develop and maintain the National Occupational Standards.
How can I find funding for an Apprenticeship?Apprenticeship Funding Rules Funding for Employers Funding and Eligibility Finances and Funding for Apprenticeships 
Is employing an Apprentice right for my business? Employ an apprentice for your business: step by step.

How can I recruit an Apprentice? 

Recruit an apprentice service 


Recruit an apprentice


Apprenticeship Vacancy Service 


Connect to Success 


Where can I find further information?The Apprenticeship Digital Communications toolkit for employers 

Apprenticeship Certification

This section will give you information about Apprenticeship Certification and Registrations across the UK.

What is Apprenticeship Certification?

What is Apprenticeship Certification?

Scotland: Modern Apprenticeships

Scotland: Modern Apprenticeships

Wales: Apprenticeship Certification

Wales: Apprenticeship Certification

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