Recruit an apprentice

Looking for an apprentice for your business

We are committed to working with local employers to help to create 50 new apprentice vacancies in Redbridge each year.

Apprenticeships can be tailored to specific job roles, making them flexible to the needs of your business.

Recruiting an apprentice enables you as a business to fill any skill gaps or roles that are difficult to recruit to; taking on an apprentice can also increase productivity and improve business performance.


What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a way for individuals aged 16+ to develop job specific skills and gain a qualification whilst working alongside experienced professionals. Apprentices typically receive one day a week day release at a college or training provider. Apprenticeships can be used for new recruits as well as upskilling existing staff members. 


How long do they take?

Depending on the level and job role, an apprenticeship can take anything between one and five years to complete.


Types and levels of apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of industry sectors and job roles including business admin, construction, finance, customer service, HR and IT. They are available at intermediate, advanced, higher and degree levels.



Off-the-job training is provided by a training provider or college and may be delivered through day release, block release, on-line/remote learning or a blend of different methods. The delivery model will be something that you can discuss with your training provider to ensure that it is right for the business. Work Redbridge can support you with identifying a suitable provider.


Advertising your vacancy and shortlisting 

Work Redbridge and your chosen provider will support you to advertise your vacancy and guide you through the shortlisting process. Providers can send you a list of applicants to choose from or they can sift and pre-screen applications on your behalf.  This is down to the preference of the hiring manager, again you can discuss your specific needs with the provider. 


Appointing an apprentice

Once you have appointed an apprentice you must complete the relevant paperwork as you would do for any new member of staff. The apprentice and employer may also need to complete some additional paperwork, such as enrolment forms with the training provider.


What is the apprenticeship levy?

The apprenticeship levy was introduced by the government in April 2017.  The levy is a 0.5% tax on an annual payroll bill for every company with a payroll which is over £3m with the funds being used to deliver new apprenticeships. Work Redbridge can support you in maximising the funds available to you.


Further information on Apprenticeships can be found here


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