Apprenticeships Information for Employers

Are you considering employing an apprentice?

You can use apprenticeships to develop the skills of your existing workforce, or to recruit and train new employees. They combine working with studying to enable people to develop skills and gain qualifications in a specific field.

As an employer, you must pay the apprentice at least the minimum wage, and you can get Government funding to cover some of the cost of training and assessing your apprentice. Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16 or over.

If you are thinking about recruiting an apprentice, or encouraging one of your current employees to complete an apprenticeship, the following resources should answer any questions you have:

Apprenticeships in Sussex

FAQs about apprenticeships, and a ‘training search’ to find local training organisations that can help you to recruit and train the people that you are looking for.

Employ an apprentice

Information from the Government’s national website on funding, pay and conditions and more.

Apprenticeship Funding

Guidance on how to use the apprenticeship service to access funds to pay for apprenticeship training.

Employer Incentive Payments

Employers who recruit a new apprentice between 1 April 2021 and 30 September 2021 may be eligible for a £3000 incentive payment.

Find Apprenticeship Training

Employers can search for apprenticeship training and find training providers who offer that training.

Apprenticeship Standards

The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education supports the development of new apprenticeship standards. You can search for all apprenticeship standards currently available and in development on this site.


National network for apprentice employers, aiming to bring together businesses of all sizes to share ideas and ask questions about apprenticeships.

Learning & Work Institute

Offers guidance to employers who want to develop a more inclusive and accessible apprenticeship offer.  It provides practical information, sources of support and inspirational case studies of employers who have benefited from hiring and supporting apprentices from a range of backgrounds.

Other training-related links for employers

Coast 2 Capital Local Enterprise Partnership

The local organisation covering Brighton and West Sussex that is committed to, amongst other things, helping business access and develop the talented and skilled people that they need.

South East Local Enterprise Partnership

The local organisation covering East Sussex that is committed to, among other things, tackling local skills shortages.

For other types of training programmes that employers can get involved with, see our Pre-employment & traineeship page