You want young, enthusiastic talent that you can mold and develop for your business? The answer: hire an apprentice. A growing number of companies are doing so, with 96 per cent of businesses reporting benefits from their apprentices.

Since April 2020, several new benefits of taking on an apprentice were announced were grant incentives. For more information on these benefits, follow the link to our ‘Plan for Jobs’ Page.

What are Apprenticeships?

An Apprenticeship is a way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future. Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Quality is key to Apprenticeships – providing high quality training that benefits both apprentices and employers.

There has never been a better time to employ an apprentice, or start an Apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships help businesses grow their own talent.

Nearly every employer that takes on an apprentice (96%) reports benefits to their business

78% of businesses report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice with the average being £214 per week

Other benefits reported by apprentice-employers include improved product or service, the introduction of new ideas to the organisation, improved staff morale and better staff retention (each mentioned by around two-thirds of employers surveyed)

Apprenticeships develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Businesses that offer Apprenticeships view them as beneficial to their long-term development. According to the British Chambers of Commerce, most employ an apprentice to improve the skills base within their business.

Apprentices are supported by quality training from local training organisations.

Apprenticeships improve productivity while reducing costs.

Apprenticeships are boosting productivity by enabling businesses to grow their skills base. The average Apprenticeship increases business productivity by £214 per week, with these gains including increased profits, lower prices and better products.

Apprentices are paid at least the relevant minimum wage and training costs are covered for many apprentices.

From accountancy to veterinary nursing, there are Apprenticeships covering more skills and industries that you would imagine.

Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher (degree) level, covering more than 170 industries and 1500 job roles, from advertising to youth work via environmental engineering and nuclear decommissioning.

Over 100,000 employers are employing or have employed quality apprentices in more than 200,000 locations.

The National Apprenticeship Service is there to support employers and has made it easier than ever to employ an apprentice.

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Top 10 Benefits from Taking on an Apprentice – The business benefits for companies like yours are enormous, here’s why:

1. Apprenticeships are a tried and tested way to recruit new staff, re-train or upskill existing staff or people returning to your business after a break

2. Learning can often be done in your workplace, meaning minimal disruption and maximum impact

3. They help you tackle skill shortages in your business
4. Up to 100% funding could be available to support Apprenticeship programmes within your business (you will still need to pay the apprentice’s wages)
5. They are good for your corporate social responibility
6. They can be tailored to specific job roles, making them flexible to the needs of your business
7. Provide you with the skilled workers you need for the future
8. They’re a great way of attracting people with fresh new ideas
9. They provide a strong foundation to your staff base and show your commitment to the future development of your business
10. It can encourage a culture of learning


  •  Up to 28,000 apprenticeship vacancies are available online at any one time.
  • Apprenticeships are now designed by employers for employers and called Standards
  • Apprenticeships are available in 1500 job roles, covering more than 170 industries,
  • More than 1300 employers are involved in designing the new apprenticeships
  • Apprenticeship participation  record stands at 871,800 funded apprentices participating on an apprenticeship in the 2014 to 2015 academic year.
  • 19% of advanced apprentices progress to higher education.
  • Almost 9 out of every 10 apprenticeship employers hoping to achieve business benefits tell us that apprenticeships deliver – including 89% reporting that it has helped their business improve the quality of their product or service.
  • There are now higher and degree apprenticeships available, with more in development, including foundation degrees, HNDs and full honours degrees. These include job roles ranging from legal services to banking and engineering.
  • After finishing, the majority of apprentices (90%) will stay in employment (including 2% self-employed), with seven in ten (71%) staying with the same employer.
  • A quarter of former apprentices had received a promotion (23%) within 12 months of finishing, and for intermediate and advance apprentices, three quarters reported taking on more responsibility in their job after completing their apprenticeship.
  • 89% of apprentices are satisfied with their apprenticeship
  • 15. 85% of apprentices said their ability to do the job had improved, and 83% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved.