Apprenticeships and work-based learning opportunities are available to all age groups. People on Apprenticeships can undertake qualifications to help them do their job.

There are various options available to young people through work-based learning:

  • Preparation Programmes, including Study Programmes and Traineeships
  • Intermediate Apprenticeships (Level 2 and Level 3)
  • Advanced Apprenticeships (Level 3)
  • Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4)


If you choose to employ young people via the Apprenticeship route, an accredited Training Provider will help deliver a structured training programme and support both the trainee and employer throughout. Training may consist of on-the-job training and assessments, day release or block release to a local College or Training Provider or a combination of these.

If you're an employer looking to take someone on, the Government's Recruit an apprentice website will help you find a training organisation to recruit and train apprentices.

You can contact the National Apprenticeship Service free on 0800 015 0600 for advice or help using the service.

The Apprenticeship Levy

From April 2017, the Government is changing the way it funds Apprenticeships in England. There will be fundamental changes to the funding for Apprenticeship training and some employers will be required to contribute to a new Apprenticeship Levy.

The levy will be charged at 0.5% of an employer's annual UK paybill, offset by a levy allowance of £15,000 per year, so employers with a paybill of over £3million will be required to pay into the levy.

Employers will calculate, report and pay the levy to HMRC, through the PAYE process. Employers will be able to access this ring-fenced funding through a digital Apprenticeship Service Account, to pay for training and assessment for apprentices. The service will also help employers find training providers and help develop and deliver Apprenticeship programmes.

For more information, visit the GOV.UK website.