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 changes to the way apprenticeship funding works, including an introduction to the apprenticeship levy and the new apprenticeship service, and information on the support for employers who don’t pay the levy.


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

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