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As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. They follow a work-based training programme; a package of on-the-job work, training and qualifications.

Anyone living in England, over 16 years-old and not in full-time education can apply for an Apprenticeship vacancy and the Apprenticeship Schemes can be used to train both new and existing employees.

There are over 200 different types of Apprenticeships available (sometimes referred to as ‘frameworks’) and three levels of Apprenticeship:

  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeships
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeships
  • Higher Apprenticeships

Depending on the sector and job role an Apprenticeship can take anything from one to four years to complete.

National Apprenticeship Service

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) will provide support to help employers take on an Apprentice -from initial interest through to the selection of a training provider and the recruitment and progression of an apprentice.

For small and medium sized employers (under 250 employees), their business support team provides a web and telephone service to each employer. For larger employers (250+ employees), their account managers offer personalised support, to meet the specific training and recruitment needs of each employer. NAS also operate an online Apprenticeship Vacancy service where employers can advertise their apprenticeship vacancy.

Find out more about the benefits of recruiting an Apprentice to your business – click here to see the employer benefits and how to start your own apprenticeship programme.

See the NAS website at the bottom of this page for full information.


Click here for the Apprenticeships section of the Skills and Learning Bournemouth Dorset and Poole website.

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Funding Initiative - Apprenticeship Grant for Employer

You may get a £1,500 apprenticeship grant if:

  • you have less than 50 employees
  • your apprentice is aged 16 to 24

You can claim support for up to 5 apprentices.

Full details are available here.

National Apprenticeship Service

Telephone: 08000 150 400 or 02476 826482