Employers, are you thinking of getting an apprentice?

Last Updated: 5th November 2020

We’ve gathered together some useful information for employers who are thinking about taking on an apprentice.

Where can I find information about apprenticeships?

NHS Employers

The NHS Employers website has lots of useful information about apprenticeships and what you need to know as an employer. On their website you will find:

  • Information that will help you understand what apprenticeships are and how to use them
  • Answers to FAQs about employing apprentices, funding and training
  • Resources and case studies
  • Information about the apprenticeship levy

Skills for Health

If you don’t find what you are looking for on the NHS Employers website, the Healthcare Apprenticeships – Skills for Health website also has a Frequently Asked Questions section for employers. Or you can take a look at the apprenticeship support for employers service that they offer. They’ll help you navigate through the process of creating an apprenticeship and make sure you’re ready to welcome your first apprentice.

What are higher level apprenticeships?

The NHS Employers guide ‘Degree apprenticeships: What employers need to know’ is aimed at employers in the NHS and outlines how higher-level apprenticeships can be used to support career pathways. The guide includes examples from within the NHS and other sectors, together with tips and things to consider when looking to offer higher level apprenticeships.

As an employer can I access the levy funding for apprenticeships?

Levy funding can only be used to pay for recognised training providers to deliver training, education and assessment that is required to deliver the healthcare science apprenticeship; it cannot be used for salary costs.

You can find out more about using the levy funding on the NHS Employers website or on the apprenticeships section on GOV.UK.

Click on the links below to find out more.

What do I need to know about the 20% off-the-job training requirement for apprentices?

As an employer you need to be aware that the government requires a minimum of 20% of an apprentice’s time must be protected and away from the immediate demands of the job, in order to develop the required knowledge and skills. We recommend that you discuss this with your chosen provider and agree on how this will be delivered. It is also important to note that the provision of protected time will be part of any external quality assurance for the apprenticeship.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency has produced some guidance for employers and training providers, on how they should meet the 20% off-the-job training requirement. This includes some best practice examples.

Where can I find the latest updates about apprenticeships and training?

Keep up to date with apprenticeship developments by signing up to the NHS Employers Education and Training Newsletter. Click the link below to complete the sign up form.