Apprenticeships – Employer Information & Support

How to recruit an apprentice?

KATO are here to support you if you are thinking of taking on an apprentice for the first time or the hundredth time. Below we have written the general guidance about taking on an apprentice but are happy to support you further by introducing you to the best provider for you, just fill out our Employer Request form and we will be in touch.


Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying to gain skills and knowledge in a specific job.

Apprentices can be new or current employees.

You can get government funding to cover some of the cost of training and assessing an apprentice if you’re in England.

You must pay the apprentice at least the minimum wage.

Your apprentice must:

  • work with experienced staff
  • learn job-specific skills
  • study during their working week (for example, at a college or training organisation)

Hiring your apprentice:

As previously mentioned, KATO can support. Please feel free to email us at or fill out our Employer Request form.

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
  5. Select your apprentice and make an apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement with them.
  6. You can use an apprenticeship training agency if you want to employ an apprentice without the responsibility for running the apprenticeship scheme.

How long does it last?

Apprenticeships must last for at least a year. They can last up to 6 years depending on the level the apprentice is studying.

Get help:

Fill in the enquiry form or contact the National Apprenticeship Service for more information.

National Apprenticeship Service:
Telephone: 0800 015 0600