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Employ An Apprentice


An apprenticeship is a job with training. Apprentices gain recognised qualifications and essential skills whilst working and earning a wage. They are an excellent way for young people to gain practical experience, skills and knowledge which can be implemented straight into your workplace. As the employer, you are free to train your apprentices in the way that is suitable for you and your business needs.

Whilst apprenticeships are a great recruitment method, you can also convert existing staff into apprentices. This is a great way of up-skilling your current workforce without taking on additional employees.

Key Benefits to Employing Apprentices:

Fill your Skills Gap

Retain Staff

Boost Productivity

Gain a Fresh Perspective

Cost Effective Recruitment Method

Return on Investment


From May 2017, the way apprenticeships are delivered and funded in the UK changed. The apprenticeship reforms impact employers of all sizes – from sole traders up to organisations with a payroll of over £3m.

Please visit our apprenticeship reforms page for a full guide to these reforms.


Your responsibilities as an employer of an apprentice cover the following areas:

  • You must pay apprentices at least the national minimum wage.
  • Apprentices under 19, or who are over 19 years old and in the first year of their apprenticeship, must be paid at least the national minimum wage for apprentices (£4.15).
  • Apprentices should be employed for at least 30 hours per week. Where the individual’s circumstances or the particular nature of employment in a given sector makes this impossible, then an absolute minimum of 16 hours must be met.
  • An apprenticeship agreement must be signed by both the employer and the apprentice.


Watch our videos below to see why employers from a range of sectors employ apprentices...

WATCH THE VIDEO – Meet Nikki – An Employer of Pharmacy Apprentices

See how our other employers benefit from apprentices:
A Cookery Employer
A Hairdressing Employer
A Electrical Employer
An IT Employer
A Joinery Employer
An Engineering Employer

Why Choose City Training Services?

provider of 16-18 apprenticeships in the region

30 years experience in delivering apprenticeships

9/10 employers would recommend City Training Services

93% of employers would recommend City Training Services

Employers rated our training and assessment staff 9/10

Free end-to-end recruitment service
Employers say that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications.
There were more than 250,000 employer workplaces with an apprentice in 2014/15.
Apprenticeships at Level 2 and Level 3 deliver £26 and £28 of economic benefits respectively for each pound of government investment.
Apprenticeships boost productivity to businesses by on average £214 per week.
Apprenticeships enable businesses to grow their skills base resulting in increased profits, lower prices and better products.
87% of employers said they were satisfied with their apprenticeship programme.
76% of employers say that productivity has improved.
75% of employers reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service.
Traineeships offer small businesses an opportunity to help build a pool of high- quality future recruits for their sector.
City Training Services work with over 1000 fantastic employers from a range of industries including:

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