Step four: Start recruiting

You're ready to go - time to find your apprentice.

Once you've decided on the job your apprentice will be doing, and you've decided how you're going to work with the training provider, all that remains is to actually recruit the apprentice.

You do have the option to train an existing employee through an apprenticeship, but if you'd like to start from scratch you just need to recruit in the usual way - through your company website, local newspaper and any other outlets.

In England you'll also need to put the vacancy on the Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching Service site.

Work with us

If you'd like us to, we can recruit the apprentice on your behalf. This would include advertising nationally through the National Apprenticeship Service, sifting the applications and conducting first-round interviews.

You can also advertise for free on Creative Choices - just upload your job using the online form and we'll also push it out through social media and our weekly Creative Choices newsletter.

If you need a bit of extra support, we can employ the apprentice on your behalf. This can be useful if you don't have a payroll set up already, or if you just want a bit of extra financial security.

For this service we'll charge you the salary plus a 16 per cent admin fee.

Find the right candidate

To be government-funded, apprentices must not have achieved an educational qualification level higher than A-Levels (Level 4 or above). This includes anyone with a BA degree, so we would normally expect employers to be looking for a young person who hasn't gone to university.

This doesn't stop you taking on a graduate as an apprentice - it just means you'd have to fund the whole thing yourself.

In Wales some graduates may be eligible for funded training in some circumstances. For more information, please discuss this with us or your training provider.