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.


This document sets out the policy for apprenticeship funding in England from 1 April 2019. It updates the policy that has been in place since August 2018.

Get East Hants Working Enterprise Apprenticeship Scheme

Funding is available from East Hampshire District Council, to subsidise wages and contribute towards transport and training for apprentices joining businesses in East Hampshire District.

Businesses of all sizes are eligible for the scheme. In particular, we encourage applications from small and medium sized businesses. Priority will be given to new applications.

To be eligible for the scheme businesses must:

  • have a physical address in East Hampshire
  • pay business rates to East Hampshire district council
  • offer a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • contribute towards the wages
  • apprentices must live within East Hampshire District area.

What is available?

  • One year's funding per new apprenticeship post
  • up to £400 towards travel
  • up to £1,000 towards training (for over 25s only)

For more information about the scheme please contact Sarah Flamson by email:

Levels of apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.

Name Level Equivalent educational level
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