Information for employers

Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification - from GCSEs or equivalent up to degree level.

Apprentices can be new or current employees.

You could get a grant or funding to employ an apprentice if you’re in England.

You must pay the apprentice at least the minimum wage during their placement with you.

Your apprentice must:

  • work with experienced staff
  • learn job-specific skills
  • study for a work-based qualification during their working week, eg at a college or training organisation.


Changes to how apprenticeships are funded come into effect from 1 April 2017. A brief overview of the changes and information for employers can be found in the Apprenticeship Reforms document.

For businesses interested in funding, please visit the Business East Hants website.

Prospective apprentices

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you’ll:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage
  • study towards a related qualification

Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.

Levels of apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.

Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C
Advanced 3 2 A level passes
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor's or master's degree

The National Careers Service has advice on writing applications and what to do at interviews.


If you are on the EHDC Enterprise Apprenticeship scheme, you could earn £4 - £7.40 per hour (depending on age).

The national wage for an apprentice is £3.30 per hour.

Training and qualifications

Apprentices earn qualifications and will receive on-the-job training. Qualifications range from NVQ level 2 to full university degrees. The best part is that you won’t have a big debt at the end!

Apprenticeships are a great way to secure a job. Most employers offer permanent jobs on completion of training.

Work experience

Sometimes the hardest part of starting a career is getting relevant work experience so you can get into employment. The EHDC scheme is a great way to get experience and be paid at the same time.