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.


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.