Planning to recruit an apprentice

Before beginning the recruitment process, it is important to make sure an apprenticeship is the best fit for your team. Some considerations and key information before you recruit.

Benefits of hiring an apprentice

Apprenticeships can be a great solution for an organisation, and not just from a cost-saving perspective. Taking on an apprentice enables an organisation to: 

  • develop new talent to meet your needs
  • free up existing staff to take on more responsibility
  • give your team new skills and energy
  • give a young person a career opportunity.

What an apprentice needs

If you are thinking of hiring an apprentice just because you need ‘an extra pair of hands’ at a busy time, or you have a temporary gap in your current team, then an apprentice may not be the best option. The needs of the apprentice must also be considered.

An apprentice needs:

  • a range of opportunities to learn and achieve competence in all the set standards for their apprenticeship
  • to develop transferable skills and relevant experience to help them get a job at the end of their apprenticeship (at UoB or elsewhere)
  • to build a solid foundation that means they have the capability to progress in the workplace
  • a motivating and supportive workplace, with coaching and mentoring support and continuous assessment of progress

Complete this planning to recruit an apprentice questionnaire (Office document, 15kB) to work through some key considerations and decide if recruiting an apprentice is a good option for you.

Work experience alone, shorter duration training for a job, attending a course, or assessing and certificating an employee who is already working in the occupation, are all positive forms of learning and accreditation at work but they are not apprenticeships.

[An apprenticeship is] a challenging and stretching training and learning programme developed and delivered with the active involvement of the employer, which uses a range of effective on and off the job training methods as well as work itself.

Institute of Apprenticeships

Which apprenticeships are available?

Apprenticeships have been undergoing a programme of change in both their structure and funding. They are now employer-led: employer groups set the standards to meet the skills needed in their sector, and individual larger employers now fund their apprenticeship training costs by paying an apprenticeship levy. There are now many more types of apprenticeship available in a broad range of disciplines and at a greater range of educational levels.

Check the Institute of Apprenticeship’s list of available apprenticeship standards to find out whether there is a suitable apprenticeship standard available that matches your requirements.

The old apprenticeship frameworks are being phased out by 2020 and replaced by apprenticeship standards. Apprenticeship frameworks and standards differ significantly in structure, requirements and assessment methods.

The recruitment process

You have decided that an apprentice is the right choice for your team. Your next step is to follow the recruitment process

Browse current apprenticeship standards

The Institute of Apprenticeships provides a list of current apprenticeship standards on their website.

Planning to recruit an apprentice?

There are several factors to be considered when deciding whether to recruit an apprentice. Complete our planning to recruit an apprentice questionnaire (Office document, 15kB) to help with your decision. 

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