Employer responsibilities

Support study and learning

Running an apprenticeship programme 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, provide job training and allow access as part of their normal contracted hours to any off-the-job training provided by your selected training provider for achievement of the apprenticeship.

Upskilling existing staff

The apprenticeship can also be considered as a method of upskilling and accrediting existing staff.

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

Training costs

In Wales, the costs of providing apprenticeship training are routed directly from Welsh Government to the principal training provider. So you don't have to worry about that.