Employer responsibilities

Support study and learning

Running an apprenticeship scheme is a serious commitment. Your apprentices are making a commitment and they will be looking to you to provide them with the opportunities to learn and exposure to appropriate work, alongside the required time to study and take exams.

Create a job

Employers must provide a genuine job, for at least 30 hours per week for a minimum of 12 months.

It needs to provide an apprentice with the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to achieve their apprenticeship.

You must give your apprentice an induction into their role and provide off-the-job training.

Providing off-the-job training

The off-the-job training must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship standard and can include:

  • the teaching of theory through lectures, role playing, simulation exercises and online learning
  • practical training; shadowing; mentoring; industry visits and attendance at competitions
  • learning support and time spent writing assessments/assignments

Requirements of employment

By employing an apprentice, you have certain requirements to meet:

  • issuing a contract of employment and determining the apprentice’s salary
  • the minimum hours of employment for an apprentice should be at least 30 hours per week
  • all apprentices must have an Apprenticeship Agreement between the employer and the apprentice
  • provide the apprentice with the same benefits as other employees
  • identifying (with our support) an appropriate training provider and agree responsibilities
  • ensuring that the training provider is receiving your and the government's contributions
  • confirming with your apprentice(s) that they are ready to take exams and, when the time comes, their end-point assessment 

Training costs

In Scotland, the costs of providing apprenticeship training are routed directly from Skills Development Scotland to the training provider. So you don't have to worry about that.