Recruiting an apprentice

Apprenticeships have lots of benefits.

We have more from our meet the apprentices series which shows real apprentices talking about their apprenticeship in adult care and how it has benefitted them as well as those they care for.   

Benefits of hiring an apprentice

88% of employers who hire apprentices believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce (source: National Apprenticeship Service). 

You can create and manage tailored apprenticeship programmes to meet the needs of your business.

They are a cost effective and low risk way for you to grow your workforce and help improve the recruitment and retention of staff.   

For apprentices, it gives them a chance to gain work experience, achieve nationally recognised qualifications and earn a wage.

There are several steps to taking on an apprentice.

  1. Choose an apprenticeships framework or standard for an apprenticeship in your industry and at a suitable level.
  2. Find an organisation that offers training for the apprenticeship framework or standard you’ve chosen.
  3. Check what funding is available.
  4. Advertise your apprenticeship - your training organisation will do this for you through the find an apprenticeship service.
  5. Select your apprentice and make an apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement with them.

You can access further Government advice and rules on employing an apprentice here

Existing staff can also access apprenticeships as part of their career progression, follow steps 1, 2, 3 and 5 above. You must ensure they are eligible and you can check that here

Removing barriers to recruiting younger workers.

Age isn't an issue when recruiting workers with the right values, who are really motivated to develop long term careers in our sector. School or college leavers can be employed in adult social care with the same levels of support that employers provide for any employee. Anyone over the age of 16 can be an apprentice and usually recruiting younger workers makes you more eiligible for certain apprenticeship funding. Our Guidance on employing workers aged 16 to 18 can help you with recruiting young people.

For more help with general recruitment and retention visit Finding and keeping workers

Online forum for apprenticeship employers

We have set up an online forum for Adult Social Care Apprenticeship Employers to talk all things Apprenticeships with each other using Facebook as the platform. For people who are already signed up to Facebook please follow this link and request to join

Facebook is completely free and the group has been set to ‘private’ so only approved members will be able to see the content / posts. 


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