How to set up an apprenticeship
An apprentice can be either a new hire or a current employee.
To get started, create an account at the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS), the online government portal which allows employers of all sizes to manage everything in one place.
You can use the DAS to:
- access funds you’ve paid into your levy
- receive or transfer levy funds from/to another organisation
- find and manage apprenticeship training providers, such as the University of Brighton
- manage apprentice recruitment.
Before starting the recruitment process, you will need to choose an apprenticeship standard. These standards underpin all apprenticeships. They set out what an apprentice will be doing, and the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to perform the professional job role. Find out more about the apprenticeship standards.
You can advertise your apprenticeship vacancy internally or externally on Find an Apprenticeship, accessed through your DAS account. Other places to advertise include the UCAS Career Finder or sector-specific job boards, for example NHS Jobs, or local job sites. Once you’ve chosen your candidate, you’ll need to register them on the DAS.
What to look for in an apprentice
Look for someone who possesses qualities and attitudes that meet your organisation's needs and goals. Look for candidates who are eager to learn, have potential and passion, and an understanding of the work required. Candidates will need to fulfil the entry criteria for the learning aspects of the apprenticeship programme.
How does an apprenticeship work day-to-day?
Your apprentice works with you while undertaking university study in an agreed pattern. They must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week and receive a salary accordingly. At work they will be supervised by one of your appropriately qualified line managers who will set tasks according to the standard against which they are studying.
We’ll meet with your apprentice and their line manager regularly to discuss progress. Once all parties are satisfied that the apprentice has completed their learning programme and is competent at their role, you’ll recommend them for an End Point Assessment to formally finish their apprenticeship and graduate from their degree.
How much time will an apprentice spend at university?
Apprentices will spend a minimum of 20% of their time doing off-the-job learning, which includes attendance at university. Learning patterns vary between individual apprenticeships, and are tailored to the professional requirements and the job role.
For further information on how apprenticeships work, visit www.gov.uk/employing-an-apprentice.