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.
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Apprenticeships help businesses grow their own talent.
Nearly every employer that takes on an apprentice (96%) reports benefits to their business. 
72% of businesses report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice. 
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. 
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. 
Businesses that employ up to 1000 employees, may even get a £1500 grant to help cover the cost of starting a new apprentice aged 16 to 24 years old. 
18,900 young people have been able to start an Apprenticeship thanks to this grant. 
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 here to support employers and has made it easier than ever to employ an apprentice.
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Read more about Apprenticeships in our Employer information section.
Last Updated: 17/04/2014