The apprenticeship route is an important pathway for employers to bring new hires into their organisations. Apprenticeships are a structured approach which combines work with training. Governments across the UK regulate apprenticeships meaning that this is a protected term that can only describe approved programmes. Some firms recruit learners direct from school or college but do not put them onto a formal apprenticeship programme.
Apprenticeships in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Apprenticeships exist in most countries across the world and in all of the UK nations. Most of the information on this site relates specifically to the apprenticeship system in England as this is where most of the big changes have been happening in recent years. However, many ISE members are also likely to be recruiting in other UK countries. The following resources are designed to support this.
- Scotland. The apprenticeships.scot website provides a useful portal with a bespoke section for employers.
- Wales. Information on apprenticeships in Wales from the Welsh Government’s Skills Gateway.
- Northern Ireland. The NIBusinessInfo site explains the Northern Irish apprenticeship system for employers.
Guidance and resources
In this section of the ISE knowledge hub we provide some guidance and resources to support your firm in developing its apprenticeship offer. The section is made up of the following sections:
- Getting started: national guidance, building the business case, choosing the right standards, developing a new standard
- Apprenticeship funding and the levy: apprenticeship funding, understanding the levy, paying providers
- Working with training providers: programme requirements, single v multi provider model, identify which registered provider can meet your requirements, narrow down the list, formal tender and contracting process
- Getting more help and support: how ISE supports you – event, resources and research
- Case studies: Virgin Media, Pearson College London, Mace
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