Creative apprenticeships

We offer employers direct, tailored information about the apprenticeship process, and we can support you through every stage of taking on an apprentice.

Rachel Francis, General Manager at Watermans
Rachel Francis, General Manager at Watermans

Convert existing opportunities

When you look at your organisation, are there areas where you have high turnover of employees, such as front of house, box office, or junior administration roles?

Do you employ a junior role and then spend a lot of time training and developing that individual?

The great thing about converting these opportunities into apprenticeships is that they are sustainable, as you already have the salary cost in your budget.

Create a new opportunity

If you want to create an opportunity, make sure it’s the right job for your organisation. You need the relevant people to understand the role and the apprentice should feel they are valued and have something to contribute.

If you think you can employ an apprentice, offer plenty of opportunity to develop their skills and support them through their time with you. Both you and the apprentice will reap the rewards. 

Use this Capacity Questionnaire to see if you can deliver an apprenticeship. It’s not an eligibility test, purely a tool to help you assess your readiness to deliver a quality placement.

When you have made your decision you can dedicate some time to investigating your options, including funding. There are a number of funding options available to you to help you take on an apprentice.

Six steps to taking on an apprentice

  1. Write your job description
    Decide on the job you want your apprentice to do.
  2. Check your funding options
    Plan the finances - there's often support available when you take on an apprentice.
  3. Prepare for an apprenticeship
    Decide how you want to organise the off-the-job training element.
  4. Start recruiting
    Find your apprentice!
  5. The first day
    Prepare everything for your apprentice's first day.
  6. After the apprenticeship
    What do you want to happen next?